Magazine article The New American

Owner Means Business

Magazine article The New American

Owner Means Business

Article excerpt

Benjamin Lee Tate owns Engine Rebuild Specialists, an auto repair shop in a high-crime area of Tampa, Florida. According to the November I St. Petersburg Times, he has a sticker on the door of the establishment that reads: "Sure you can have my gun. Bullets first." It is not an idle warning.

In October 2000, Tate shot a thug who attempted to break into the shop, sending the would-be thief to the hospital in critical condition. The man recovered and was charged with burglary. In February of this year, Tare shot another man who barged into the store. He, too, was hospitalized in critical condition, but survived. In both incidents, authorities concluded that Tate acted in self-defense.

Most recently, the beleaguered shop owner was working on a car shortly before midnight on October 30 when a stranger approached. The man, Michael Garner, demanded cash and car keys, and threatened to shoot Tate. …

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