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?

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