A reader sends along this video of a liquor store owner and Iraq war veteran “absurdly” defending himself and his store from an armed robber with his own 9mm.

Last week, House Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Boulder) said “the thought that the only way we can protect ourselves is to wield our own weapon is completely absurd and an argument that I absolutely discount as frivolous.”

Not so absurd, after all.

A little background on the incident courtesy of Gawker:

Of all the liquor stores, in all the towns, in all the world, this robber had to walk into one that employs a 30-year military vet who did four tours in Iraq and worked as a prison guard, a private eye, and a bounty hunter.

Jon Lewis Alexander, 54, is being hailed as a hero by the owners of Marionville, Missouri store where he disarmed a would-be tough guy with just his Walther PPX 9mm handgun and a dirty look. 

“One of the policemen told me later, ‘You’re a lucky man,'” Alexander recalled. “I said, ‘I think he (the robber) is a little luckier than I am.'”