Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Armed Citizen

A 66-year-old Montgomery, Ala., man and his handgun prevented a would-be robber from making off with a bank bag belonging to a church. The victim had arrived at a bank on a Monday morning, ready to deposit funds from his congregation, when he was approached by a man who forced him to the ground and took the money. However, the church courier stood up, drew his gun and fired a shot that foiled the crime. His attacker initially fell to the ground and subsequently fled, but dropped the bank bag in the process. All the money inside was recovered. Police said later it was uncertain if the suspect had been struck by the shot, or if he had simply fallen. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL, 04/19/2005)

The hooded armed robber likely thought the older, female clerk would be an easy mark as he entered a Tampa convenience store, brandishing his gun and demanding money. He wasn't counting on confronting someone like Janet Grammer. The 64-year-old mother of 10, a former security guard, pulled her own gun from under the cash register and fired, hitting the criminal in the chest. "I think he thought I was an old woman and would just give him the money," Grammer said after the incident. "I think I scared the hell out of him. I thought he was getting ready to shoot me in the head. My life was at stake." Grammer, who also has 32 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, later said she worried that she had killed the hospitalized assailant. "It was very upsetting. The good Lord had to be with me," she said. (The Tampa Tribune, Tampa, FL, 04/16/2005)


A resident of Hempfield Township, Pa., tried, at first, to halt a 3 a.m. break-in at his house by firing two shots. The intruder allegedly used a fireplace poker and his fists to break out a pane of glass, but refused to heed the warning and then charged the homeowner. The next time the homeowner fired his handgun he struck the bandit in the legs and drove him out of the house. Police arrested the suspect and later said he would be charged with multiple offenses. None of the family members -- husband, wife or two young daughters -- were hurt in the home invasion, a Pennsylvania state trooper reported. (Tribune-Review, Greensburg, PA, 04/10/2005)


A woman living in Charles County, Md., initially turned to the judicial system to seek protection from an abusive ex-boyfriend. "I have been afraid to come forth and speak out for fear of him doing bodily harm to me and threatening to burn down my home," she said in her petition requesting a protective order. "The last four years have been a living hell. I am contemplating purchasing a handgun for my protection." After twice violating the court order, the man, described as a violent drug addict, broke into the home and began beating her current boyfriend with a metal pipe. This time she was indeed armed with a handgun, which she used to shoot and kill her attacker. Police said she had not been charged with a crime and that they considered her a victim. (Maryland Independent, Charles County, MD, 04/08/05)

Even after ramming a police cruiser with his own vehicle, a reckless driver in Blair County, Penn., apparently thought he could run from the authorities. But in the end he couldn't hide from an armed citizen. The pursuit began shortly after midnight when police unsuccessfully tried to pull over a car that had run a stop sign. After an extended high-speed chase, the officer on the scene broke off pursuit, but police soon found the suspect's vehicle overturned and unoccupied. Shortly thereafter, the county's 9-1-1 center received a call about a man attempting to gain entry to a nearby home, but responding officers were not able to locate him. A few minutes later, a second call from the residence said that the man had been found hiding in the basement. Upon arrival police found a cornered suspect being held at gunpoint by a female resident. He was positively identified as the driver and taken into custody. (Altoona Mirror, Altoona, PA, 02/25/2005)

A 64-year-old traveler from Arkansas stopped to ask directions at a Milwaukee gas station and soon found himself confronted by a gang of young men. A fight started, during which one attacker choked the motorist while a second beat the man with his own cane. Acting in self-defense, according to the police report, V.O. Goins then pulled a handgun from under the seat and shot and killed the 20-year-old thug who had been choking him. Officers responding to the scene found Goins' car keys on a juvenile accomplice. A Milwaukee assistant district attorney said Goins would not be charged. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Milwaukee, WI, 04/07/2005)

Want even more stories? Visit the Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work,
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail,
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts),
Opposition to CA AB 2062,
Knife Control?!,
Protecting Children through Gun Control?,
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy,
A Contrast to VA Tech.

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

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.

Carrying a Firearm is an Inherently Civilized Act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

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