Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Armed Citizen

With the recent pushes for more gun control at both state and federal levels, I've realized I've been too lazy about posting these.  What's notable about this batch of Armed Citizen stories is that in most of these cases, the situation was resolved by the simple presentation of a firearm with no shots fired.  While a gun owner must be ready to use her firearm if she presents, it's always best if no shots need be discharged.

From the March 2013 American Rifleman magazine:

Hazel Poole, 85, was at home playing with her puppy around 8:30 p.m. when there was a knock at the front door. Little did she know that she would open the door to two masked men wielding knives. Poole wasted no time and dashed to her bedroom where she kept her .38-cal. handgun. Poole, who was married to an avid trapshooter and whose son works at NRA Headquarters, is no stranger to firearms. With confidence she pointed the gun at the men and ordered them to leave her home or she would shoot. Both men fled without hesitation. (The Star Press, Muncie, IN, 12/14/2012)

Jeremy Reed, 30, and Anna Soto, 24, were asleep in the same room as their one-week-old baby girl when they woke to a loud banging sound.  They later learned that the sound was their front door being broken into by two convicted felons.  Reed recalls seeing one of the men standing at the foot of their bed. Soto grabbed the infant and hid in the bedroom closet as Reed confronted the intruders with a .22-cal. rifle.  The men took off in Reed's car.  But by then, flashing blue lights could be seen in the distance. Both men were arrested just 20 minutes later and charged multiple felony counts, including home invasion robbery. (Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, FL, 12/10/2012)

A man in his early 40s entered a nail salon at about 5:30 p.m. and began asking a female employee about purchasing diamonds.  When the confused woman told the man she had no money
to buy diamonds, he reached into his coat pocket and pulled out a pistol.  When a cus­tomer getting her nails done saw what was happening, she reached into her purse and pulled out her own firearm. Upon seeing the woman's gun, the man quickly fled the salon. It was last reported that the suspect is still at large. (Casper Star Tribune, Casper, WY, 12/11/2012) 

Note:  As I've commented in the past, many criminals believe what they see on TV:  draw a gun, and everyone will do what you say.  Not so with lawfully armed citizens.  Defying the preconceived notions of criminals that have been reinforced by television and movies can often resolve the situation without any shots fired or any injury or loss of life.  This is a vital reason for private firearms ownership and issuance of CCW permits.

Two men targeted the home of Jerry Stremovihtg, 62, and Kenneth Conley, 53, one evening. Conley was having a meal on the front porch when the two suspects approached him. They beat him and repeatedly used a taser to subdue him. After gaining entry to the home, the suspects entered Stremovihtg's bedroom. Stremovihtg met the intruders with a .38-cal. revolver.  He fired several rounds causing them to flee the home.  One suspect, a 35-year-old male, died in  the front yard from a gunshot wound.  It was last reported that the second suspect is still at large. Conley and Stremovihtg were taken to a nearby medical center and were treated for non life-threatening injuries. (The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Holly Hill, FL, 11/18/2012)

Dispatchers received a call one afternoon from a man claiming to be the victim of a road rage incident. The man called 911 from the highway and said the van he had just passed was ramming his SUV from behind.  The dispatcher instructed the driver to pull over and wait for officers.  When the man pulled over, the van pulled over as well.  The man and woman occupying the van approached his vehicle and began hitting him and stab­bing him with car keys.  The driver of the SUV, a concealed carry permit holder, retrieved his gun and pointed it at his assailants until police arrived. They were later booked on possible charges of battery and disorderly conduct. (Antigo Journal, Wausau, WI, 12/06/2012) 

Gary Cherry was driving at approximately 8:30 a.m. when he noticed two vehicles on the side of the road.  Cherry pulled over to help when he saw there was a man holding a woman to the ground face down and stabbing her repeatedly.  Cherry, a concealed carry license holder, quickly retrieved his firearm and ordered the man to get on the ground as he dialed 911.  Crystal Ward was traveling the same route when she spotted Cherry holding the perpetrator at gunpoint at the side of the entrance
ramp.  Ward stopped to assist and discovered a crying baby boy in one of the vehicles. The suspect was later taken into custody and the victim was flown to a nearby hospital with multiple stab wounds. It was last reported that she was in stable condition. The baby was unharmed. (Montgomery County Police Reporter, Plum Grove, TX, 12/24/2012)

Note:  This is critical.  If Mr. Cherry had not been armed, he'd have had to call police and wait helplessly until police arrived, likely long after the woman had been stabbed to death.  CCW permit holders are first responders.  Even better yet, they're equipped and trained at their own expense.  This makes them invaluable assets in stopping crimes in progress, from mass shootings to simple robberies.

When a 79-year-old man heard arguing outside his home, he went outside to investigate.  In the front yard, the man discovered his 17-year-old granddaughter being beaten by a 19-year-old male. When the grand­ father confronted the suspect, he was threatened with a "stun gun."  The suspect approached the elderly man.  The grandfa­ther warned him to stop, but the suspect continued toward him.  The grandfather pulled out a handgun and fired once.  The suspect's wound proved fatal. (Courier & Press, Evansville, IN, 12/25/2012) 

Note:  Imagine the equipment carried by the lawful citizen and the criminal had been reversed.  Some people think a stun gun or taser is sufficient as a self-defense tool.  They aren't.  They never will be, especially against multiple or armed attackers.  Can a taser or stun gun be a lethal weapon?  Absolutely.  Even in trained hands they kill regularly.  In the first year a police force begins using tasers, in-custody deaths increase six-fold.  Self-defense against assault with one of them is entirely justified.

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.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Gun Control: What's the worst that Could Happen?

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Yeah, probably that. In fact, preventing that is why the 2nd Amendment exists.

Who's at fault for sequester?

With the media trying to blame the Republican congress for Obama's sequester, it may be important to hear how Obama felt about the sequester cuts in November of 2011:

Congressman Tim Griffin has put together more here:  Griffin: President Obama Needs A Sequester Refresher

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Yah, lawful citizens with guns is a terrible idea*

*if you're trying to make a living as a low-life thug criminal.

Is the Sequester the End of the World?

No, the sequester is really not the end of the world. Also, it's not the fault of the Republicans.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Global Warming Jumps the Shark

Actually, it did some time ago, but this is funny.  I hope the anchor was joking, but she's so straight-faced, and the Left has tried to blame everything on global warming, so she might actually believe it:

Also, for those who don't already know, Bill Nye isn't a scientist or a meteorologist, which makes it fitting that alongside Al Gore (also not a scientist), he's such a huge global warming expert.

More on Nye:

Bill Nye “the science guy” fumbles storm explainer

(From the Watts up with That? post linked above):  “Nye has created some wonderful science educational programs for children, but a weather expert he is not.”

Friday, February 8, 2013

Gun Owner Shames Knife-Wielding Robber: ‘Just Leave Your Knife Here and Leave’

Here's a great story collected by The Blaze:  Gun Owner Shames Knife-Wielding Robber: ‘Just Leave Your Knife Here and Leave’

Utah is one of the states I'm considering if CA does pass its current proposed gun-banning legislation. 

"The robbery suspect, identified as 28-year-old Mexican national Luis Guiterrez Gonzales entered the Tesoro convenience store at around 11:47 a.m. Monday."  Hey, thanks for securing our borders, Bush and Obama.  To be fair, I don't know if this guy was an illegal alien or not, but I do know he shouldn't be in this country after he serves his sentence.

Nobody needs more than seven rounds

Another blogger has done a great job debunking the presumption of the New York law limiting magazines to seven rounds.  By the way, the same argument goes for the current Democrat proposals in CA to outlaw all detachable box magazines.  Here's that post:

Seven rounds

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

72-year-old man saved by the 2nd Amendment

LAS VEGAS -- An man is dead after a homeowner shot at intruders trying to break into his house about 7:45 a.m. Monday, according to Metro Police.

The homeowner, a 72-year-old man who was a recent burglary victim, went into his bedroom and grabbed a handgun. When the intruders entered his bedroom, he fired at least one shot from his gun. The intruders then ran from the house.

When Metro Police officers arrived to the home in the 2300 block of Westwind Road in northwest Las Vegas, they found one of the intruders trying to take off in a car. The car hit a patrol car and the suspect, who tried to run away, was taken into custody.

The second suspect, described as a Latin male, was last seen running eastbound into a neighborhood. He has not been found.

"Several intruders, had gotten into the home, entered his bedroom and he fired at least one shot, and they fled," Metro Police Officer Bill Cassell said. "It is unusual, first of all, to have multiple people burglarizing a residence, especially when they are carrying weapons."

Officers found a third male dead from an apparent gunshot wound in the homeowner's backyard. A handgun was also found in the backyard.
Source here.  I'm sure the guns the criminals had made them do it.

Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law

In case you missed it:

Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law
President Obama's health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage — nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday.

CBO said that this year's tax cuts have changed the incentives for businesses and made it less attractive to pay for insurance, meaning fewer will decide to do so. Instead, they'll choose to pay a penalty to the government, totaling $13 billion in higher fees over the next decade.
 So, fewer people get insurance and the government gets more money in penalties.  That couldn't possibly have been the plan all along or anything.

Gun-related crimes on the rise in Massachusetts

"Massachusetts has a national reputation as a bastion of gun control, but crimes and injuries related to firearms have risen — sometimes dramatically — since the state passed a comprehensive package of gun laws in 1998."  So reports the Boston Globe in an article entitled, "Gun-related crimes on the rise in Massachusetts."

Could it be gun control doesn't work, as demonstrated by Chicago and DC?  Not a chance, insists the Left:
To gun-rights groups like the National Rifle Association, these statistics are evidence that gun control does not work. But to gun-control advocates, the numbers show that no state — no matter how tough the laws — is protected from firearms violence when guns are brought in from other states.

“The quality of your gun-licensing laws is only as good as those surrounding you,” said James Alan Fox, a Northeastern University criminologist.
If only we had an easy way to test that theory.   It does sound pretty reasonable.  Let's say we had a political state on an island where we could try out the theories of gun control without interference from pesky neighboring states with looser laws.  How about the U.K. and Australia?
Strict gun laws in Great Britain and Australia haven't made their people noticeably safer, nor have they prevented massacres. The two major countries held up as models for the U.S. don't provide much evidence that strict gun laws will solve our problems.  (Joyce Lee Malcolm in the WSJ, "Two Cautionary Tales of Gun Control")
The problem in the U.S. is not and never will be "permissive" gun laws.  It's the restricting of the rights of self-defense that causes an increase in violence.  Blaming your neighbors is easy.  Admitting the truth and bringing your policies in line with it isn't, it would appear.

Monday, February 4, 2013

How Gun Control works in New York

3 People Stabbed On Subway Platform In Jamaica, Queens

Having been held up by a bad guy with a gun in Queens, I can tell you this guy could have had a gun if he wanted despite New York's gun control.  How did gun control play a roll here?  Any lawfully-armed citizen could have stopped the attack, but in New York you can't be lawfully armed.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Here Are the Patterns the Feds Found for U.S. Mass Killings

Who are the people who do these horrible things?
The basic pattern found by the New Jersey DHS fusion center, and obtained by Public Intelligence (.PDF), is one of a killer who lashes out at his co-workers. Thirteen out of the 29 observed cases “occurred at the workplace and were conducted by either a former employee or relative of an employee,” the November report finds. His “weapon of choice” is a semiautomatic handgun, rather than the rifles that garnered so much attention after Newtown. The infamous Columbine school slaying of 1999 is the only case in which killers worked in teams: they’re almost always solo acts — and one-off affairs. In every single one of them, the killer was male, between the age of 17 and 49.

They also don’t have military training. Veterans are justifiably angered by the Hollywood-driven meme of the unhinged vet who takes out his battlefield stress on his fellow Americans. (Thanks, Rambo.) In only four of the 29 cases did the shooter have any affiliation with the U.S. military, either active or prior at the time of the slaying, and the fusion center doesn’t mention any wartime experience of the killers. Yet the Army still feels the need to email reporters after each shooting to explain that the killer never served. 
Source here.

The ramifications here are important.  These shooters aren't former military.  They're not specially trained.  The significance is that unlike what the DHS will tell you, your best solution isn't to hide or try to stab them in the feet with scissors.  They're no better trained than you are, and probably even less well-trained.  It's to shoot back with your own lawfully owned and carried firearm.