Friday, November 24, 2017

Everyone Should Stand for the National Anthem

If you've followed this blog, you've noticed that I'm not great at brevity.  PragerU does a lot better.  I've thought all these things and said some of them.  The video does it more succinctly.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

8 rounds is not enough

In recent years, gun control advocates have worked hard to implement a new tactic:  restricting magazine sizes.  There's some evidence that this could help when a shooter goes on a rampage, but the effect is negated if the shooter practices magazine changes.

What restricting the number of rounds a lawful citizen can have in the magazine really does is handicaps someone who is firing in defense of his or her life.  If you don't believe me, read this story:

Why one cop carries 145 rounds of ammo on the job

Most of us won't need 145 rounds of ammunition in a self-defense situation, but the fact remains:  this officer, Sergeant Timothy Gramins, shot a suspect 14 times, 6 in fatal locations and he was still up, shooting and trying to kill the officer.  After that experience, Gramins always carries a lot of ammunition. 

This makes the point better than anything else I can say would.  8 rounds of ammunition isn't enough (Listen up, New York and California).  This suspect wasn't even on drugs.  He was just determined and wouldn't go down.

As a related note, the Gramins overheard the doctor making an observation often made by the underinformed:
At one point Gramins heard a doctor exclaim, “We may as well stop. Every bag of blood we give him ends up on the floor. This guy’s like Swiss cheese. Why’d that cop have to shoot him so many times!”

Gramins thought, “He just tried to kill me! Where’s that part of it?”



Well, doctor, when defending oneself against the imminent threat of death or grievous bodily injury, one keeps firing until the threat stops trying to kill you.  That's how many rounds it took for the officer to save his life.

The result of this experience was a telling one:
When Gramins was released from the hospital, “I walked out of there a different person,” he said.

“Being in a shooting changes you. Killing someone changes you even more.” As a devout Catholic, some of his changes involved a deepening spirituality and philosophical reflections, he said without elaborating.

At least one alteration was emphatically practical.

Before the shooting, Gramins routinely carried 47 rounds of handgun ammo on his person, including two extra magazines for his Glock 21 and 10 rounds loaded in a backup gun attached to his vest, a 9 mm Glock 26.

Now unfailingly he goes to work carrying 145 handgun rounds, all 9 mm. These include three extra 17-round magazines for his primary sidearm (currently a Glock 17), plus two 33-round mags tucked in his vest, as well as the backup gun. Besides all that, he’s got 90 rounds for the AR-15 that now rides in a rack up front.

Paranoia?

Gramins shook his head and said “Preparation.”
Good for you, Sergeant Timothy Gramins.  Loss of life is always regrettable, but if a bad guy is determined to kill a good guy, I'd prefer the good guy be prepared to win.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

What to do in a terrible situation

This is an awful story that may help others avoid similar injury. 
Tiffany Phommathep was shot by 44-year-old Kevin Neal Tuesday morning while she was dropping her children off at school. Phommathep threw her body on her 10-year-old son who was sitting in the passenger seat.

Phommathep thought she was going to die as she frantically drove around asking people for help. She was bleeding and losing consciousness.
The story is available here.  Its focus is how 4 different people chose not to help Tiffany.  That's bad.  She is probably right in her assumption that they were simply afraid.  I'm glad she's recovering.

I have no criticism of Tiffany.  She responded in a crisis and protected her children. 

With a little planning ahead, any of us might escape uninjured from this situation.

There's a simple thing you can do if anyone draws or fires a weapon near your car.  Drive.  If you're boxed in, there's little you can do, but if you're not, just drive.  Hitting a moving target with a handgun is very difficult.  Hitting a swerving, speeding car with a handgun beyond point blank range is next to impossible, despite how large cars are.  The chances of injuring someone inside a rapidly fleeing vehicle are slim.

If you're determined to help rather than escape, a car is a far better weapon than a handgun for killing people.  Here's an example:
A man shot and killed a cook Saturday morning at a well-known Ashland lodge, an apparent random attack that ended with the suspect firing shots at Interstate 5 traffic before a pickup hit and killed him.

The suspect connected to the homicide was killed when he was run over by a pickup while firing shots at vehicles on Interstate 5, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. A man in an older model maroon Subaru Legacy stopped on I-5, got out of the vehicle and began firing at other vehicles in the southbound lane near milepost 1, just north of the Oregon-California border, officials said. He was subsequently struck and killed by a gray pickup truck.

The suspect parked his car diagonally along the freeway, exited and shot at oncoming cars, sheriff's officials said. The man was run over by a car he shot at shortly before 7 a.m. The driver called 911 and reported he had hit a man who was firing at his car, officials said. 
The full story is here.  Justifiable vehicular homicide probably isn't for most of us, but you should have a plan to avoid injury in any likely circumstance.  We take our safety for granted in the U.S., and while shootings are statistically quite rare, a little planning might save your life.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Al Franken should be fired today

Since allegations against Harvey Weinstein brought his career to a halt, there seems to be no end to the allegations against powerful people.

One of them isn't an allegation.  It's a fact, and it should be acted on right now.  Al Franken should be fired, and the political Left should be howling for his ejection from the senate.

Leeann Tweeden has photographic evidence that Al Franken sexually assaulted her.  We all do.  You can simply google it.  I won't repost the picture here.  A sleeping woman can't consent to intimate contact.  No one on the Left, the people who brought us "Affirmative Consent" can possibly think that what Al Franken did is anything but a crime. 

Whether he ever works as a comedian again is up to the entertainment industry, but he can't work in the U.S. Senate. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

A researcher abandons the gun control lie

I was deeply impressed by a recent article:  I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.

It made the rounds on social media for an important reason.  When it comes to the gun control debate, very few people are intellectually honest.  We're all biased, and it's hard to overcome that, but facts matter.  So, I like it when researchers, statisticians and criminologists who disagree with me publish honest findings.  Yes, for me it is confirmation bias.  It isn't for them, however, and that makes it especially meaningful.

This researcher is anti gun.  As she explains:
By the time we published our project, I didn’t believe in many of the interventions I’d heard politicians tout. I was still anti-gun, at least from the point of view of most gun owners, and I don’t want a gun in my home, as I think the risk outweighs the benefits. But I can’t endorse policies whose only selling point is that gun owners hate them. Policies that often seem as if they were drafted by people who have encountered guns only as a figure in a briefing book or an image on the news.   [Emphasis mine]
What about her project convinced her of this?  I recommend reading her article.  It's brief and pithy.  The really short version is:
I researched the strictly tightened gun laws in Britain and Australia and concluded that they didn’t prove much about what America’s policy should be. Neither nation experienced drops in mass shootings or other gun related-crime that could be attributed to their buybacks and bans. Mass shootings were too rare in Australia for their absence after the buyback program to be clear evidence of progress. And in both Australia and Britain, the gun restrictions had an ambiguous effect on other gun-related crimes or deaths.
Britain and Australia share a lot in common with the U.S., so studying them is logical.

What about suppressors? 

As for silencers — they deserve that name only in movies, where they reduce gunfire to a soft puick puick. In real life, silencers limit hearing damage for shooters but don’t make gunfire dangerously quiet. An AR-15 with a silencer is about as loud as a jackhammer. Magazine limits were a little more promising, but a practiced shooter could still change magazines so fast as to make the limit meaningless.

For those who wish to end gun violence (and I'd love to end all violence regardless of the tool used), there is hope.  It just doesn't lie in broad gun control measures.
Instead, I found the most hope in more narrowly tailored interventions. Potential suicide victims, women menaced by their abusive partners and kids swept up in street vendettas are all in danger from guns, but they each require different protections.

Older men, who make up the largest share of gun suicides, need better access to people who could care for them and get them help. Women endangered by specific men need to be prioritized by police, who can enforce restraining orders prohibiting these men from buying and owning guns. Younger men at risk of violence need to be identified before they take a life or lose theirs and to be connected to mentors who can help them de-escalate conflicts.

Even the most data-driven practices, such as New Orleans’ plan to identify gang members for intervention based on previous arrests and weapons seizures, wind up more personal than most policies floated. The young men at risk can be identified by an algorithm, but they have to be disarmed one by one, personally — not en masse as though they were all interchangeable. A reduction in gun deaths is most likely to come from finding smaller chances for victories and expanding those solutions as much as possible. We save lives by focusing on a range of tactics to protect the different kinds of potential victims and reforming potential killers, not from sweeping bans focused on the guns themselves.
This is what many firearms enthusiasts have been saying we should do all along.  The tool isn't the problem.  If we don't address the problems, we will never solve them.

Religious Freedom

There's a disagreement in US society about conflicting rights.  Some people don't believe that others should believe what they do, and they're willing to ask the government to pass laws to try to force a change.  That's not a great idea.  This video outlines what religious freedom is, and a bit about why it matters.



Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Armed Citizen

For every mass shooting and misuse of a firearm you hear about on the news, there are multiple incidents of lawfully armed citizens presenting and sometimes using a firearm to protect themselves and others.  Here are a few of those stories to help balance negative media coverage.

Two robbery suspects thought a pawn shop run by a 74-year-old woman would be an easy target, but Shirley Cornett proved them wrong. Two men walked into a Springdale, Ark., store in early December, pulled out handguns and started stealing property. As one of the troublemakers jumped the counter toward her husband, Cornett pulled out a .38-cal. revolver and shot the man in the arm. He fired back, and the bullet ricocheted off a pile of books and hit Cornett, but didn't break her skin. The suspects fled to a hospital in Fort Smith, about 65 miles away, where police found the wounded man and later nabbed his alleged partner in crime after a foot chase near the parking lot. Charges are pending against the men. Police reviewed surveillance video and said Cornett acted in self-defense. (5newsonline.com, Fort Smith, Ark., 12/7/14)

A 14-year-old boy, Anthony Hernandez, protected his grandparents by shooting and killing a burglar who was breaking into the family's Charlotte, N.C., home by climbing through a window. "My grandson told him to stop and get out of here, and he didn't so my grandson shot him," Anne Marie Wyant said during a 911 call. An accomplice has been arrested and charged, and police said the shooting was justified. The Wyants made a commitment to teach their grandchildren about self-defense six years ago, after Anthony's father was shot to death while working at the auto shop he owned. "[Anthony is] his grandmother's hero," Wyant said. "If I was by myself, God knows what they [the intruder and his cohort] would have done to me." (The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, N.C., 12/18/14)

In Baton Rouge, La., a resident shot and killed a man during the daylight break-in of his home in early December. The intruder was shot while he was ransacking one of the bedrooms in a house in the Broadmoor neighborhood, a subdivision where residents don't take to crime. "This is not really a neighborhood to mess with," said Pete Dawson, who lives in the area. (The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La., 12/6/14)

Two Palmer, Alaska, burglary suspects who shot one resident of the home they were invading got what was coming to them when the apartment dweller, despite suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, fired back and injured both of the trespassers. Medics treated the 26-year-old resident and he was initially listed in serious condition after being taken to a hospital. Meanwhile, two men suffering from gunshot wounds sought medical help at a regional emergency room. They were admitted and listed in critical condition, and police are investigating whether they are linked to the burglary. (Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage, Alaska, 12/3/14)

Cell phones, a home security system and a gun were used to allow a California homeowner to thwart a home invasion. A 53-year-old Antioch resident, whose name was not released, was working in his home office one day in December. His wife, who had left the home, received an electronic alert from the couple's home security system provider saying that the system had been breached. She then called her husband, who grabbed his gun and went downstairs to investigate. The homeowner found two intruders pawing through his belongings and, fearing for his life, fired several shots, hitting one of the suspects. A few minutes later, two people arrived at the Sutter Delta Medical Center seeking treatment for a man who had gunshot wounds. Police arrested the man and his 19-year-old female companion. No details regarding what charges would be filed against the suspects were available. (San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, Calif., 12/12/14)

Bobby Shaw, a 77-year-old Tyler, Texas, homeowner shot and killed a burglar who allegedly invaded Shaw's home. Shaw, who was in his bedroom, heard glass breaking late one December night. He grabbed a shotgun and went to investigate. Shaw spotted an intruder wielding a large tool. When the man charged, Shaw shot him. (Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tyler, Texas, 12/10/2014)

An armed robbery suspect got a surprise when the man he was robbing pulled out a gun instead of his wallet. The attempted theft occurred in Delray Beach, Fla., in early December. The man who was accosted pointed his gun at the suspect and told him to get on the ground. The suspect originally complied, but he later ran away-leaving behind his .38-cal. revolver-when the armed citizen was distracted. Police have made an arrest, and the man faces robbery and aggravated assault charges. (Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach, Fla., 12/15/14)


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Visit The Armed Citizen blog for older stories (the blog seems abandoned).

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
A great personal account:  My Transformation From Anti-Gun Feminist To Armed Feminist
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

CCW Holders are an especially lawful group.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Armed Citizen

Firearms are used defensively every day in the United States of America.  Often, the simple presentation of a firearm will diffuse a situation that otherwise would escalate into the harm of a lawful citizen.  Here are a few of those stories.

Mabel Fletcher, 64, was sleeping when her dog woke her with a forewarning bark, She scrambled in the dark for the 9 mm handgun that she keeps in the nightstand next to her bed. As Fletcher retrieved her firearm, a woman she did not know came into her bedroom. The woman advanced threateningly, so Fletcher fired. The woman continued to act erratically and throw things at Fletcher, including an ironing board. Fletcher described the inci­dent, "She was wild. I didn't want to shoot her, but I didn't want to get hurt. I told her to stop, but she kept coming at me." Fletcher fired a second time, but the woman lunged at her once again. Fletcher fired a third and final time, causing the intruder to flee through a window. The intruder was later arrested and is facing charges including aggravated burglary, drug abuse, possession of drug abuse instruments and criminal trespass. (The Enquirer, Middletown, OH, 9/5/13)

A masked man entered the Holiday Grocery Convenience Store around 9 p.m. brandishing a handgun covered by a bag. He pointed the gun at the woman behind the counter and said, "Give me all your money or you're going to die." The terrified store clerk opened the cash register as she was told. The burglar climbed over the counter to grab the cash, but was interrupted when the store owner came from the back room with his own firearm. The suspect was shot once in the chest, He ran out the front door leaving a trail of cash as he went. Officers arrived . shortly thereafter. The burglar was found a short distance away and was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for his gunshot wound. Sgt. Rob Troxler lauded the store owner's actions saying, "The clerk was protecting his business and defend­ing his store employee." (News4Jax.com, Jacksonville, FL,9/22/13)

Robert Jones, 77, heard glass shatter when a man threw a chair through a picture window in Jones' home just before 2 a.m. Jones retrieved a firearm he kept in his home and confronted the man. Jones warned the intruder that he had a gun and that he would shoot, but the suspect report­edly continued toward him. Jones then fired a single shot into the intruders torso. Jones called 911 and police arrived shortly thereafter. The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound and it was determined that he was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the break-in. He now faces multiple charges including a felony charge of burglary. (Missoulian, Missoula, MT, 9/24/13)

Byron Park, 54, a Domino's Pizza employee, was making a delivery to a hotel just before midnight. As he returned to his vehicle, he was confronted by a 34-year-old man wield­ing a knife and demanding money. Park responded by pulling out his concealed handgun and firing once. The robber sustained a fatal wound to the torso. Maj. Tod Goodyear said of the incident, "[Park) was protecting his life. The guy had a deadly weapon and was going to kill him if he didn't give his money up." (Florida Today, Melbourne, FL, 8/25/13)

When a woman, her son and her son's girlfriend made arrange­ments to meet with the pro­spective buyer of their smart phone, they never expected it to transpire the way it did. After making arrangements online, they arrived at the QuikTrip convenience store where the meet-up was to take place. The woman waited in the car for the buyer to show up while her son and his girlfriend entered the store. Three men showed up, one of whom jumped into the woman's vehicle with a gun. He demanded money and the phone. The woman's son then exited the store and saw the robbery taking place. When he saw that one of the robbers had a gun, he pulled out his own handgun and fired causing them to flee. All three men were later caught by police. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jonesboro, GA, 7/2/13)

After an elderly woman moved into a nursing home, her 18-year-old grandson began staying at her house. He was home alone early one morning when he was awakened by a noise coming from a back room of the home. He grabbed a shotgun from under the sofa he was sleeping on and went to investigate. He spotted what looked like the light from a flashlight coming from behind a curtain covering a glass door. As the teen moved forward, the back door was kicked in and he was confronted by two burglars. The teenager fired several shots. One suspect fell to the ground with a fatal gunshot wound, while the other fled the scene. He was later found at a nearby hospital being treated for gunshot wounds. It was last reported that he was in critical condition. The teen staying at his grand­mother's home was not injured. (Houston Chronicle, Baytown, TX, 8/29/13)


Want even more stories?
Breitbart is providing 2nd Amendment stories.
The Blaze is providing 2nd Amendment stories.
Visit The Armed Citizen blog for older stories (the blog seems abandoned).

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
A great personal account:  My Transformation From Anti-Gun Feminist To Armed Feminist
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

CCW Holders are an especially lawful group.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Savannah and coming out over the pulpit

There's a story that's been making news lately, and a lot of the sensation is because of simple misunderstanding of LDS conduct, tradition and rules.

Here's an excerpt from a paper on the story:
 On the day in May that Savannah stood up to speak in front of her Mormon congregation, she did not get through everything she had wanted to say.

The 12-year-old was telling other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that she is a lesbian. “No part of me is a mistake,” she said during a testimony meeting, a monthly event at her church in Eagle Mountain, Utah. “I do not choose to be this way, and it is not a fad.”

As Savannah, now 13, was nearing the end of her comments, after she had come out to her fellow worshippers, her microphone was switched off. She tapped it and then looked to a church leader to see what had happened.

He told her that she could return to her seat.
Edit:  Here's a version I like better because there are more details:  USA Today version

So, what's going on here?  Why was the choice made to cut off Savannah's microphone?

It isn't so uncommon, and it wasn't a matter of silencing her.  I've seen the microphone cut off in Sacrament meeting before, and it's always been for a specific reason:  to prevent a congregant from saying something they might regret later, usually something about which they should counsel with parents and leadership before discussing with an entire congregation.

Anybody, straight, gay, bisexual or questioning would have their mic cut off if they started talking about personal sexuality.  We don't do that.  They'd have their mic cut if they went off on a political rant.  We don't do that.  Those are personal things we don't share with a congregation.

Oh, and we don't record during Sacrament meeting.  Not when our child is giving a talk or singing or playing an instrument.  We. Do. Not. Record.  We do not have our friends record.  Our family doesn't record.  It isn't done. The congregants around Savannah's friend should have asked for the meeting to be paused until recording stopped.  It's not okay to do that in one of our meetings.

As usual, LGBT advocates are jumping to call members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hateful.  This shows a deep misunderstanding of why we do what we do.

Remember some time ago when the Church clarified that we won't baptize children living in homes with same-sex parents?  It was quite an uproar.  It shouldn't have been.  Below is a quotation explaining it, but the short version is that we don't want to put children in a confusing position where what we teach regarding the Law of Chastity is at what odds with what they see at home.  We don't want to cause confusion, anger, or harm to families. Here's a quotation, and the full interview is available through this link:  Church Provides Context on Handbook Changes Affecting Same-Sex Marriages
Michael Otterson: Why are the children of these same-sex partners an issue here?

Elder Christofferson: Well, in answering or responding to your question, let me say I speak not only as an apostle in the Church, but as a husband, as a father and as a grandfather. And like others in those more enduring callings, I have a sense of compassion and sympathy and tender feelings that they do. So this policy originates out of that compassion. It originates from a desire to protect children in their innocence and in their minority years. When, for example, there is the formal blessing and naming of a child in the Church, which happens when a child has parents who are members of the Church, it triggers a lot of things. First, a membership record for them. It triggers the assignment of visiting and home teachers. It triggers an expectation that they will be in Primary and the other Church organizations. And that is likely not going to be an appropriate thing in the home setting, in the family setting where they're living as children where their parents are a same-sex couple. We don't want there to be the conflicts that that would engender. We don't want the child to have to deal with issues that might arise where the parents feel one way and the expectations of the Church are very different. And so with the other ordinances on through baptism and so on, there's time for that if, when a child reaches majority, he or she feels like that's what they want and they can make an informed and conscious decision about that. Nothing is lost to them in the end if that's the direction they want to go. In the meantime, they're not placed in a position where there will be difficulties, challenges, conflicts that can injure their development in very tender years.

The situation with polygamist families, for example, and same-sex marriage couples and families really has a parallel. For generations we've had these same kinds of policies that relate to children in polygamist families that we wouldn't go forward with these ordinances while they're in that circumstance and before they reach their majority. That's the same sort of situation we're dealing with here, so it's something we have had a history with. It's a practice that really is analogous that's been the case over many generations.
This is the same situation for Savannah.  She chose the wrong forum and method to come out of the closet.  To prevent regret and misunderstanding, the leadership chose to pause the discussion to be resumed in a more appropriate setting.

There are gay Mormons, and it isn't an easy road.  Of course, being gay rarely is.  Here's one person's story and how he chose to deal with it:  Club Unicorn: In which I come out of the closet on our ten year anniversary

Note that Brother Weed didn't do this over the pulpit.  He knew that wasn't appropriate.  He did it in an appropriate forum.  The Church hasn't tried to silence him.

Savannah won't be silenced, either.  She also won't be allowed to talk about her personal sexuality over the pulpit--again, we don't do that.  Her parents should have known better and realized the inappropriateness of the forum.  In this case, though Savannah was also expressing faith in God and her belief in the perfection of His creation, she chose to put her coming out of the closet before God.  This is an act of pride.  We have a lot to say on that subject, and if you're interested, here are two great talks:

Beware of Pride
and a decades later follow-up by President Uchtdorf:
Pride and the Priesthood

In short, we do not put our personal feelings or challenges before our adoration of God.  To do so is prideful, and will slow or halt one's progress in drawing closer to Him.

I wish Savannah the best.  I wish the media would cease making her heartfelt expression into a circus.  I understand that they feel they're supporting her, but they're also using this as a way to advance their agenda.  That won't help Savannah or her family.  Unfortunately, unlike her congregation and its leadership, the media doesn't actually care about Savannah's well-being, but only how they can use her and her story.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Armed Citizen

For every mass shooting and misuse of a firearm you hear about on the news, there are multiple incidents of lawfully armed citizens presenting and sometimes using a firearm to protect themselves and others.  Here are a few of those stories to help balance negative media coverage.

A Jefferson City, Mo., couple were in their home when a man with an 8-inch knife in one hand and a knife sharpener in the other entered their residence through an unlocked door. The intruder started yelling and charged at the husband, who fell to the floor when the burglar took a swipe at him. The homeowner's wife heard the ruckus and fled the home to get help. The distraction she provided by running through the room to leave gave her husband time to take cover under an air hockey table. In a fit of fury, the home invader tried to stab the husband, thrusting his knife through the hockey table and breaking the blade. The homeowner scooted away and ran to his bedroom, locking the door behind him. As the madman tried to break through the bedroom door with the knife sharpener, the husband retrieved his handgun. When the intruder entered the bedroom, the resident aimed and held the bad guy at gunpoint until the police arrived. (News Tribune, Jefferson City, Mo., 10/19/3015)

Just weeks after a Detroit resident was approved for concealed carry, the man protected himself during an attempted mugging. Three teens, at least one with a gun, approached him and demanded his money. The victim handed over $220. While the teens were momentarily distracted by counting the money, the victim drew his own gun and fired. One teen was shot in a leg; another was shot in the chest; the third ran away. The two injured suspects fled on foot while the victim called 911. The injured pair showed up at Sinai Grace Hospital, claiming that they were held up and shot while they were walking down the street. The case has been handed over to the Wayne County prosecutor's office. No charges will be brought against the armed citizen. (Fox 2 Detroit, Detroit, Mich., 10/19/2015)

In Meridian, Miss., a woman was caught off guard when a man kicked in her front door while she was upstairs. The-resident saw a stranger standing in her living room, retrieved her handgun and shot the intruder three times in the chest. He ran from the house but collapsed and died outside. Meridian Police Department Detective Dareall Thompson said the resident was acting within her rights under the Mississippi Castle Doctrine. "Once they are inside, A, they are trying to do bodily harm or, B, they are trying to take property from you," Thompson said. (The Meridian Star, Meridian, Miss., 10/20/2015)

Two women and two children were lucky an armed citizen was around when a man tried to carjack them at a Sunoco gas station. The first victim had just made a purchase and was getting back into her car when the suspect opened her door and started yelling and trying to pull her out of the vehicle. The woman fought back and yelled for someone to call 911. The suspect then walked to the street, where traffic was stopped. He stood in front of a car, which had a woman and two children in it, yelling, "Help, help, someone is trying to kill me.The suspect opened the driver's door and pulled the women out by her hair. The automobile, with the children still inside, lurched forward and rolled until it struck a gasoline pump island. The commotion got the attention of a passerby, who pulled his licensed handgun and held the suspect at gunpoint. The accused carjacker faces multiple charges. (Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 10/06/2015)

An armed friend of a Stafford County homeowner thwarted a burglary. According to the Stafford County sheriff's office, the friend stopped by to check on a tree stand that he and the homeowner use for hunting. He saw copper pipes piled outside of a broken window. He then saw two individuals going through the homeowner's belongings in the basement. He approached the two thugs and held them at gunpoint while he called 911. By the time the sheriff arrived, two other friends of the homeowner had joined the effort to keep the criminals in check. The suspects face various charges. No charges have been brought against the homeowner's friends. (The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va., 08/28/2015)

Early one morning at Cafe Azzurri, in Waterbury, Conn., while eight to 10 people were inside, a man armed with a handgun came inside and tried to rob everyone. One of the patrons, who had a legally registered handgun, fatally shot the robber in response. The armed citizen remained at the crime scene until the police arrived. Police said no charges have been brought against him. (NBC Connecticut, West Hartford, Conn., 10/11/2015)

Want even more stories?
Breitbart is providing 2nd Amendment stories.
The Blaze is providing 2nd Amendment stories.
Visit The Armed Citizen blog for older stories (the blog seems abandoned).

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
A great personal account:  My Transformation From Anti-Gun Feminist To Armed Feminist
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

CCW Holders are an especially lawful group.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?