Saturday, September 29, 2012

Firearms Terminology

This is a fairly random post.  I was listening to a radio program of a knowledgeable guy who repeatedly called the magazine of a pistol the "cartridge."  Now, he's been in radio for a long time, so I'm sure he remembers inserting cartridges into players and he blanked on the proper term.  Still, since so many people really don't have much knowledge of terminology, I thought I'd toss up a post on it.

People often refer to the part of the firearm that holds rounds of ammunition as a "clip."  That's not exactly right.  Here's a picture to help:

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 A clip is actually a device that holds rounds of ammunition in a convenient way so that they can be inserted into the internal magazine of a firearm.  In the above picture, the clip is the silver strip holding the ends of the rounds (those look like 7.62 x 39 mm, and I've used a similar clip to quickly load an SKS rifle for a match).  The rounds are often slid off of the clip into the magazine.  The clip just makes them easy to load.

Clip loading systems have mostly been replaced by the more modern box magazine.  That's the recognizable black thing on the right above.  A detachable box magazine (people often just call them "mags") holds rounds of ammunition, and can be quickly inserted into a firearm.  It's quicker than a clip.  Below is an example of a pistol magazine (the one above is a rifle magazine). 

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Really high capacity magazines are usually called drum magazines, which is no shock given what they look like.  In the below image it's the part sticking out below the rifle below where you'd normally see a normal box or banana magazine hanging out, forward of the grip and trigger guard.

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You may have noticed I'm calling those things the gun fires rounds of ammunition.  Most people call them bullets.  That's not quite right. Here's a bullet (below):

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It's just the small piece of metal that flies out of the end of the gun.  The pictured bullet is a hollowpoint handgun bullet.  Rifle bullets are often longer and more pointed (though some handgun bullets are designed to come to a sharper point, too).

Here are a couple of rounds of ammunition:

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Rounds consist of several parts.  The shiny brass part is the shell casing (you can also call rounds shells or ammo for short).  The top part is the bullet.  Inside there will be gunpowder and at the bottom end, a primer that ignites the gunpowder when struck by the firearm's firing pin.  In a semiautomatic firearm, the casing will be ejected out of the side.  In a revolver or bolt action rifle, the casing is manually removed with the aid of an extractor.

While this isn't the most exciting post you'll ever read, now you can wow your friends with all your impressive knowledge of terminology. 


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Joe Biden is an idiot

I love short, pithy post titles, don't you? Here's Joe Biden via @IMAO_:

BIDEN: …and so, I’m always so proud of our fine military men and women. True heroes, every last one of them. We were at a military base just the other day, Fort Buckner in Kentucky, I believe it was. And, I was privileged to meet a fine Marine, Petty Officer Michael Simpson. And what a pleasure it was to meet him. And he said, “Joe, all of us guys are a little worried that President Obama might not be re-elected. We’ve never had a president that treated us half as well as Barack Obama does. And, the guys are so worried that Mitt Romney might pull this thing off.” He said, “We don’t go to bed at night in fear of the Taliban. We don’t worry about IED’s. What really scares us is the thought that there’s a slight possibility that President Obama might not get re-elected.” And, I don’t blame him. You notice, since Barack took office you don’t hear about our soldiers getting wounded or killed in Afghanistan anymore. Under George W. Bush it was such a mess. It was just a tragedy of errors. And it seemed every day you’d turn on the news and there would be these tragic deaths at the hands of the Taliban. But, since Barack took office you notice you don’t hear those stories on the news anymore. And, that’s because of the leadership of Barack Obama. From the moment he became the Commander-In-Chief, he took control of the situation over there and military casualties are just not something you hear about anymore…

Now it's true, you don't hear about those casualties in Afghanistan on the news anymore.  Unfortunately, that's not because they're not happening, but because the media is biased.

Joe, that's not better in any way.  And I strongly suspect the biggest fear of our service members isn't Obama failing to get reelected.  In fact, most of them will probably be casting votes for Romney.

Bishop E.W. Jackson: It's time to end the slavish devotion to the Democrat party

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Armed Citizen

Lowell Wilson heard a noise coming from the bedroom where his wife was resting and went to investigate. When he tried to open the door, a man closed it, so Wilson retrieved his gun. "My wife is blind, and she thought it was me [in the room]," he said. "He opened the door ... and stuck his head out. He said, 'It's cool, man. It's cool.'" But it was far from "cool." Wilson shot the intruder, who fled with an accomplice. Police planned to charge the injured suspect after his release from the hospital. Wilson said he'll always feel safe in his home as long as he has something to use for protection. "I know I can take care of myself," he said. (The Times News, Kingsport, TN, 03/11/2006)

A pair of surprises occurred inside a Michigan residence in March. The first was on the part of the homeowner who awoke in the early morning hours to find a woman he didn't know counting his cash on the dining room table. The second was on the part of the intruder when the homeowner drew a handgun and detained her for police. The woman, wanted for writing bad checks, was arrested on suspicion of home invasion. (Detroit Free Press, Detroit, MI, 03/23/2006)

According to authorities, a 29-year-old man entered the bedroom window of a sleeping 70-year-old Tom Ritter and his wife, and viciously stabbed Ritter with a knife. Ritter's wife, awakened by the commotion, fired one round from her revolver into the intruder's chest. Ritter was listed in stable condition. The suspect was under police observation in the intensive-care unit at another hospital. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Lubbock, TX, 03/26/2006)

When a man heard his doorbell ringing incessantly, he ignored it in hopes that the person would go away. But, shortly thereafter, he heard a pounding at his back door; so he grabbed a firearm as a precaution and went to investigate. According to police, the man then saw someone trying to force his door open, and when he pulled back the window blinds, he saw an arm reach through a broken window. The homeowner fired one shot, striking his assailant in the chest. The would-be intruder ran around the front of the home, collapsed and died. (Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, IN, 04/13/2006)

Jason Goettsch knew something wasn't right when he saw a man in his back yard in the early morning hours, because it meant the prowler had scaled Goettsch's fence. According to authorities, Goettsch went into his back yard with a handgun, yelling that he was armed and had called the police. At first, he didn't see anyone, but when he walked around the corner of his home, the prowler appeared and swung a baseball bat at him. Goettsch shot his attacker twice, killing him. (The Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA, 3/14/2006)

According to police, four young men intended to burglarize the home of an elderly couple. Two men wearing masks entered the home and woke up the couple. After a verbal exchange, the woman yelled to her husband to get his gun. The man was on his way when the suspects ran from the house, got in their car and fled the scene. The homeowners called 9-1-1, and the suspected burglars were apprehended shortly afterward. (Echo Press, Alexandria, MN, 04/19/2006)

Dressed in black with socks on his hands and armed with a tire iron, a would-be robber certainly looked the part as he approached the southwest Houston home of 26-year-old Derriun Raney and knocked on the door. Police say that when Raney opened the door, the man struck him in the head repeatedly with the tire iron. Raney drew a pistol and fired several shots, striking his assailant in the stomach. The unidentified man died in the front yard. Raney suffered a cut on his head, but was otherwise uninjured. (Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX, 04/15/2006)

The same day in another Houston incident, police say two men armed with handguns approached Antione Reshad Carter as he arrived home. One ordered Carter to his knees and took his wallet and cell phone, while the other thug got into Carter's car. The man robbing Carter was threatening to kill him when the man in the vehicle shot at Carter, missing him. Then Carter took action, pulling out his pistol and killing the mugger, while the other man sped off in Carter's car, struck another vehicle and then fled on foot. (Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX, 04/15/2006)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
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.

Why no one should support gun control.

Carrying a Firearm is an Inherently Civilized Act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Lies from the Left

Sometimes, a disgusting lie is accomplished simply by leaving out a word.  The cry from the left to justify illegal aliens stealing resources paid for by citizens and lawful residents is, "We're a nation of immigrants!"  We absolutely are.  Immigration of people who want to come here to become part of this nation, who want the freedom to implement good ideas are crucial to this nation.  They refresh us.  Their excitement at the opportunities they find in the U.S. is refreshing and renews our own enthusiasm.  We're a nation of lawful immigrants, immigrants we welcome with open arms.

So, it's particularly aggravating when pandering political hacks like Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa lie about conservatives by omitting a word.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in his Democratic National Convention speech that immigrants would find life so intolerable under a Mitt Romney administration that they would, “self-deport.”

“Instead of supporting their dream, Governor Romney wants to make their lives so miserable, so oppressive, so intolerable that they would leave behind the life they’ve built and ‘self-deport’,” he said. “But we believe we’re a better country than that. And thanks to President Obama, as we keep on fighting for the DREAM Act, they can remain in the country they love.”
The article continues here.

He did what the Left always does.  He left out, "illegal."  I'd be okay with illegal immigrant, even though "immigrant" suggests lawful entry, so "illegal alien" is more appropriate.

The best analogy I've ever heard to illustrate the point is that calling conservatives "anti-immigrant" is like calling Mothers Against Drunk Driving "anti-driving."  That missing word is critical.  Leave it out and you're painting a strong cause supported by most people as some sort of fringe group to be ridiculed and shunned.

It's a clever tactic, but one that exposes the Left as liars who can't win their argument without deception.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Biggest Threat to National Security is our Debt

Last week we passed an historic point in U.S. history.  We're now more than 16 trillion dollars in debt.  As we dig ourselves deeper into the hole of debt, I thought it would be appropriate for a reminder about debt and national security.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2011 – Debt is the biggest threat to U.S. national security, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during remarks to business executives today.

“I’ve said many times that I believe the single, biggest threat to our national security is our debt, so I also believe we have every responsibility to help eliminate that threat,” he said. “We must, and will, do our part.”
Source here.

Debt isn't just a threat to our security, though.  I firmly believe it's immoral to incur debt to be passed to future generations.  Thomas Jefferson agreed.

On contracting debt he said, "We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country."  (More to the discussion in his letter here.)

Jefferson had significantly more to say on the subject, and I found a collection of his quotations in a post at the very progressive Current TV.
The National Debt

"I sincerely believe... that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale." --Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 1816. ME 15:23

"I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing. I now deny their power of making paper money or anything else a legal tender. I know that to pay all proper expenses within the year would, in case of war, be hard on us. But not so hard as ten wars instead of one. For wars could be reduced in that proportion; besides that the State governments would be free to lend their credit in borrowing quotas." --Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 1798. ME 10:64

The Limits on Contracting Debt

"The term of redemption must be moderate, and at any rate within the limits of [the government's] rightful powers. But what limits, it will be asked, does this prescribe to their powers? What is to hinder them from creating a perpetual debt? The laws of nature, I answer. The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead. The will and the power of man expire with his life, by nature's law." --Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 1813. ME 13:169

"Then I say, the earth belongs to each of these generations during its course, fully and in its own right. The second generation receives it clear of the debts and incumbrances of the first, the third of the second, and so on. For if the first could charge it with a debt, then the earth would belong to the dead and not to the living generation. Then, no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1789. ME 7:455, Papers 15:393

"The conclusion then, is, that neither the representatives of a nation, nor the whole nation itself assembled, can validly engage debts beyond what they may pay in their own time." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1789. ME 7:457, Papers 15:398n

"[The natural right to be free of the debts of a previous generation is] a salutary curb on the spirit of war and indebtment, which, since the modern theory of the perpetuation of debt, has drenched the earth with blood, and crushed its inhabitants under burdens ever accumulating." --Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 1813. ME 13:272

Saddling Posterity with Debt

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world." --Thomas Jefferson to A. L. C. Destutt de Tracy, 1820. FE 10:175
If you go to Current, you'll not the comments about these quotations being out of step with the times.  That's the same argument they use for the Constitution.  Naturally, the indecency of recklessly contracting debt for someone else's children to pay off has nothing to do with the times in which we live.  In fact, one would expect modern people today to have more respect for others, especially future generations.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Taxes and Small Business

You've probably heard we're up for another vote on "extending Bush tax cuts" in a few months and the Democrats don't want to do that for people making more than $250,000 per year.

The problem is that many small businesses file on individual tax returns.  They don't net more than $250,000 year, but since they do gross more than that, they'd be subject to tax increases.

What's the probable result?  If each of the affected businesses had to cut two employees, we'd lose about 1.8 million jobs.  Thanks, Democrats!


The video's a bit older, but the situation hasn't changed. Raising taxes will at least cost jobs, and will probably put some of these small businesses out of business completely.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Armed Citizen

The 15th post of the Armed Citizen is a bit of a milestone. The goal of these posts is to consistently demonstrate that lawful owners of firearms are saved from harm, often by the simple presentation of a firearm, far more often than whackjob criminals go out and commit atrocities with guns. The difference is the media loves to cover the whackjobs much more than the lawful citizens. In part, that's simply sensationalism to sell ads, but it's hard to argue against the fact there is an anti-firearm bias in the news that isn't justified by either statistics or anecdotal evidence.

When a man dressed in black approached a woman on the street, implied he had a gun and demanded cash, she initially tried the passive approach. Police say that although she had a concealed-carry permit and a revolver tucked away, she handed some money over and hoped the robber would leave. But when that didn't work, and fearing her life was in danger, the victim drew her revolver and pointed it at the robber, who ran away. According to a police officer, "She was in fear of her life, and she defended herself appropriately." (The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, AZ, 03/08/2006)

"I turned around and saw these guys come in with hoods over their faces," recalled Linda Lewis, a grocery store employee who lay down on the floor in fear of impending violence. "I thought we'd be next," she said, after hearing two shots. But what she heard was an armed citizen with a concealed-carry permit coming to the rescue. According to authorities, the suspects, one of them holding a pistol, approached the register and demanded cash. A customer waiting in line nearby pulled out a revolver and shot the armed bandit, causing him and his accomplice to flee in a sedan. (Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK, 03/19/2006)

Note: It's very frequent that the criminals think things are like what you see on television. If the criminal pulls a gun, he will be unopposed, get what he wants, maybe hurt someone, then leave. Only the police can come and stop him or investigate the crime. When that preconceived scenario is firmly dissolved, criminals seem to flee. This is an indisputable win for the lawful firearms owner. In this story, no one was killed, but he criminal was stopped, the business owner suffered no loss, and the criminal very likely will think twice about ever attempting this again.

A 75-year-old grandmother had problems with people trying to break into her home, which is why she bought a small pistol she fondly calls "the peacekeeper." So she was ready when, according to police, two teens came looking for trouble. The burglars could not see the woman, but with the assistance of a mirror, she observed them breaking into her door while she tried to dial 9-1-1. Once inside, the thugs found themselves face-to-face with the woman's pistol, and one look was all it took for them to flee. Police caught up with the suspects after a brief pursuit. (NewsChannel5, Cleveland, OH, 03/07/2006)

When Edward Lucas, Sr., checked to see why the neighbor's German shepherd was barking in the early morning hours, he found a man trying to break through his door. "I yelled, 'Get out of my house!' but he kept coming," Lucas said. "I was scared to death." The 63-year-old then grabbed a .22-cal. rifle and yelled for his girlfriend to jump out the window and call the police at a neighbor's house. According to police, when the intruder crashed through the door, Lucas shot at him at least four times. The assailant, who had 14 criminal convictions including seven felonies, died on the scene. (Pensacola News Journal, Pensacola, FL, 03/06/2006)

Note: As opposed to the "Scenario-driven" criminal above, hardened criminals seem to try to execute their plans no matter what obstacles they encounter. Many of these stories also involve drugs, which would help explain unreasonable insistence by criminals in the face of credible resistance by their intended victims. The loss of human life is a always a tragedy, but it is always better that a felon multiple times over should lose his life while trying to victimize someone than that the crime succeed, possibly with innocent loss of life. It is a sad truth that what the courts can not stop will sometimes only be stopped by a justifiable homicide. This indicates a problem with our system; situations should never come to that. Someone who has committed 7 felonies should never see the outside of a prison again, so an innocent citizen is never faced with the imminent fear of death that forces him to take a criminal's life and live with the very real psychological and often legal repercussions of that act. Even when the criminal does not survive to brutalize, the lawful citizen is often still made a victim. That also indicates a problem with our system.

A pregnant woman was lying on the couch in her home when she heard the mini-blinds on her kitchen door rustle. Police say the woman, whose 1- and 3-year-old children were also in the home, got up to investigate and found a man trying to break in. When she spotted him, he ran around the corner of the duplex to the front door and tried to kick it in. The woman warned the prowler that she had a gun. When he replied that he also had a gun, she shot at him and he returned fire. The intruder was hit in the chest and died on the way to the hospital. No one else was injured. (The Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, NC, 03/15/2006)

There can be no more basic nor noble instinct than that of a mother protecting her children. That this woman had to use deadly force is awful. That she saved her three children is a testament to the power and necessity of lawful self-defense.

Police were still investigating an odd string of events that ended with a home invasion. Witnesses said the intruder approached at least four homes, banging on and breaking windows and jumping over chain-link fences before breaking through Pete Frinks' front door. "It's scary that he would do this in broad daylight, knowing people are in the house," said a neighbor. Police say the man approached Frinks, who later described the intruder as acting "aggressively" and "irrationally." In fear of his life, Frinks grabbed a handgun and shot his assailant in the chest, killing him. (Florida Today, Melbourne, FL, 02/22/2006)

The manager of a cell phone store was behind the counter when two men brandishing pistols burst inside. Police say one would-be robber jumped over the counter and slammed the manager to the ground. A store employee tried to run, but she fell, and the crook behind the counter grabbed her arm and put a gun to her head. At that point, the manager grabbed his own handgun and shot the man holding the female employee, then shot the second robber as well. The suspects fled the store, but the manager identified one of them when he turned up at the hospital. (The Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA, 03/05/2006)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
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.

Why no one should support gun control.

Carrying a Firearm is an Inherently Civilized Act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Armed Citizen

A man's reputation for generosity is, sadly, what may have nearly killed him. Police said a 29-year-old neighbor, whom the man had helped in the past, knocked on the front door and asked to use the phone. But that was not all he wanted. After talking on the phone, the young man asked for cash, which the homeowner refused to give him. That's when the 6-foot-1-inch, 250-pound neighbor attacked the homeowner with a knife, viciously stabbing him. In the ensuing struggle, the homeowner retrieved a handgun and shot his assailant once in the chest, killing him. The victim was taken to the hospital, where he was recovering from stab wounds. (South Bend Tribune, South Bend, Ind., 02/07/2006)

The motivation behind a brutal assault in Oregon has yet to be determined. According to police, a man answered a knock at his front door and quickly found himself under attack by a stranger wielding a collapsible metal baton. The intruder beat the victim on his head and back, while yelling that he was going to kill the man as they fought throughout the first floor of the two-story dwelling. The victim managed to break free and run to his upstairs bedroom. It was there that he grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun and turned the tables. He shot the intruder at least twice, killing him. (The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore., 02/11/2006)

After an 87-year-old woman's home was burglarized, her daughter gave her a .38-caliber handgun so she’d be prepared if it happened again. That gesture may have saved the senior citizen's life. According to the police, early one morning, the woman awoke to the sound of a man breaking into her home. Calling for help wasn't an option; he had cut her phone wires. After the man removed the security bars from the woman's porch and attempted to access the front door, she fired a round from her pistol. The would-be intruder lay dead on the woman's porch for nearly four hours before her daughter showed up for breakfast. "She couldn't call for help and was afraid to go outside," said a state policeman. Authorities are investigating whether the man, a career criminal, was also responsible for the first burglary. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo., 02/07/2006)

Sandra Phillips was about to take her two dogs for a walk when, according to police, an armed assailant dressed in black and wearing a ninja-style mask grabbed her outside her garage. The woman struggled, broke away and ran screaming into the house with the attacker in pursuit. Her screams awoke her husband, Lou Phillips, who grabbed his .357 Mag. revolver and fired three times. The intruder died at the scene. He had been carrying a gun, handcuffs, tarps, a blindfold and, curiously, a pocket full of hot dogs. The local police chief said the incident was "completely out of the blue" for the town. (The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, Calif., 02/28/2006)

Um, hot dogs? Really? And the SFPD won't issue a CCW permit for any reason...

According to police, Perry Stephens walked out of an auto parts store and grabbed his .45-caliber handgun after hearing a man yell for help. The citizen in distress was an off-duty police officer working as an escort for a funeral procession. The officer had pulled a man over for illegally entering the line of mourners, and the man became irate over the traffic ticket he was issued, knocking the officer to the ground and throwing punches at his face. As the officer cried for help a second time, Stephens ordered the man to get off the policeman. When he did not comply, Stephens shot the man four times in the chest and again ordered him to get off the officer, who had also shot the man once. Incredibly, the man continued his assault, Stephens shot him in the head, killing him. (The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La., 02/21/2006)

I have always said that the police should feel very comfortable with the idea that should they find themselves in trouble, lawfully armed citizens with the proper training will show up to help. What criminal would open fire or otherwise attack an officer if he knew 5 armed citizens might show up and aid the officer? I've never understood the hostility displayed toward lawfully armed citizens (or the mere idea) by some law enforcement departments.

A man was talking to a friend outside his home one evening when four men approached and forced them inside the home at gunpoint. According to police, the suspects made the victim kneel on his living room floor, then forced him into his bedroom where they demanded money and property. The victim reached into his nightstand, but instead of grabbing cash, he produced a .38-caliber pistol. When the intruders attempted to wrest the gun away, he shot one of them twice in the torso, prompting the others to flee the scene. The injured burglar was later pronounced dead at the hospital. (The Reporter, Vacaville, Calif., 02/09/2006)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
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.

Why no one should support gun control.

Carrying a Firearm is an Inherently Civilized Act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?