Cashier Theresa Stuckey sold a woman groceries, and the next thing she knew the woman was outside pleading for her life. "She was screaming, 'Help, he's trying to kill me!' She was rolling on the ground, trying to get out of the way, but he kept stabbing her" Terrified onlookers yelled at the man and honked their horns. Ignoring the crowd, the rampaging man poured gasoline on the woman and attempted to set her ablaze, but a passerby entered the scene armed with more than a car horn. According to a witness, the Good Samaritan drew a gun and, "He told the man, 'Stop, or I'm going to shoot! And if you run, I'm going to kill you"' Police say the heroic man held the suspect until they arrived; however, he left before anyone got his name. The victim was listed in good condition at the hospital. (The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., 03/05/2007)
When James Wiggins' dog began barking, he peered out a window and spotted two men approaching, clad in black ski masks, dark clothing and toting a handgun. Wiggins fled to his bedroom, retrieved his firearm and braced for an attempted invasion of his home. According to police, the masked men forced open the back door and Wiggins opened fire on them. Both suspects were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds. (WRAL-TV5, Raleigh, N.C., 03/10/2007)
Police say two brave brothers with concealed-carry permits quashed an apparent road-rage incident. It began when a man was rear-ended and started yelling at the occupants of the other car. The argument escalated until he began shooting a gun into the air. At that point, passersby Paul and William Webber saw the man and quickly did a u-turn. The Webbers unholstered their guns, demanded the man put his hands in the air and held him for police. "If you see people doing wrong and especially putting lives at danger, said William Webber, 23, "it's pretty clear what you have to do." Memphis police Sgt. Robert Tutt called the brothers' actions, "Very responsible, very restrained" (The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn., 03/07/2007)
A concealed-carry permit holder from Florida is fortunate thanks to reciprocity laws. Police say he was walking his dog during a trip to Missouri when two men inquired about the pet. Then one of the men pulled what looked like a pistol and demanded the man's jewelry and cash. The suspect's pistol turned out to be a EE gun, but the victim had a real gun. "I definitely thought he was going to shoot me, so I pulled out my gun and started firing; he said. The suspects fled; one was apprehended. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo., 03/14/2007)
Something didn't add up about the two men claiming to be policemen, and Jason Daniels wouldn't answer the door. Police say Daniels' suspicions proved valid when the suspects broke into the home and tied him up. They began ransacking the home, and Daniels took the opportunity to free himself and grab a 9mm pistol from a cabinet. According to the police report, "When the suspects returned, they found Mr. Daniels armed and in a shooting stance." One of the suspects attempted to draw a revolver, and Daniels shot him. The injured suspect died and the other was apprehended. (Associated Press, Ashland, Ky., 03/08/2007)
Joshua Nicholson and his roommate were allowing Sarah Enkler and her two children to stay with them while she fled an abusive husband. Late one evening, Nicholson was jolted awake by the sound of someone breaking in through his back door. Police say he retrieved his .380-caliber pistol and walked down the hallway. When Nicholson saw the suspect entering the home, he fired a shot, causing the man to flee. The suspected invader -- Enlder's husband -- was arrested after seeking treatment for a gunshot wound. (The Morning News, Springdale, Ark, 03/27/2007)
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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
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?