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We’ve said it before, and there’s not doubt that we’ll say it again, but you just don’t mess with Texas.  Ever.

That’s a lesson that one would-be their learned the hard way when attempting to pilfer some profits from a pizza shop in Amarillo, Texas recently.

The attempted robbery of La Bella pizzeria in the otherwise sleepy town of Amarillo was thwarted, however, after an armed employee was able to incapacitate the thief with a well placed shot after the thug attempted to take a hostage and demand all of the cash from the register.

This has, of course, prompted a debate in the Lone Star State over the arming of employees at their respective restaurants.

The owner of La Bella has worked swiftly to curb this discussion.

“A police spokesman said last week that the employee, who is licensed to carry a firearm, has not been charged with a crime because the shooting was considered justified.

 “’Our policy always has and always will be that our employees are welcome to legally and responsibly possess the means to defend themselves and others around them,’ the statement reads.

“’We would like to thank our community for the outpouring of support and understanding we have received during this time and look forward to serving you again,’ concluded the statement from the restaurant, which is individually owned and not affiliated with other La Bella pizzerias in the area.”

This common sense sentiment will certainly come as a welcome relief to other restaurant workers in the state, who, like their compatriots around the nation, are at an increased risk of workplace incidents during the post-holiday season.

Texas is, unfortunately, a bit of an outlier when it comes to the freedoms they’ve gleaned from the 2nd Amendment.  The state has fiercely defended the all-important right on several occasions, despite massive liberal outcries against the continued proliferation of firearms.

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