Panicked residents reported a man running through their yards as police chased a county jail escapee through several neighborhoods in Manteca, Calif. That is, until the suspect jumped a fence and entered the yard of a citizen armed with more than a telephone. The citizen -- NRA member Richard Soares -- heard his dog barking and retrieved a firearm to investigate. He encountered the suspect, who claimed to be jumping fences for a school project. Soares ordered the suspect to the ground where he was apprehended without further incident. (Manteca Bulletin, Manteca, Calif., 06/11/2007)
According to authorities, a home-owner in a gated community was awakened by noises and, to his horror, found an intruder choking his wife. The homeowner quickly ran for his gun and returned to discover two additional intruders. The men, at least one of them armed with a gun, held the homeowner's wife hostage and demanded cash and jewelry. Fearing his wife would be killed, the homeowner opened fire and at least one of the intruders shot back. The suspects fled. Two were sought by police; one died in the backyard. (The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas, Nev., 08/15/2007)
Nathaniel Evans was leaving for work when two men confronted him with a gun and ordered him back inside. The men threatened Evans and another occupant, Evans' girlfriend. "[The suspects] kept yelling `Where is it?'" said Sheriff Greg Champagne. "When they couldn't find what they were looking for, they shot [Evans]." That's when Evans' girlfriend, who'd been ordered into a bedroom and forced to the floor with her 5-year-old child, came out firing a .40-cal. pistol. One suspect died at the scene. The other was found nearby and will be charged after his release from the hospital. Evans is expected to recover. (The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., 08/23/2007)
Edward Franklin was unloading his vehicle when a young man accosted him with a gun and demanded money. Franklin instinctively knocked the gun's muzzle away and ran into his house, where he retrieved a firearm. Franklin's assailant followed him inside. "He told [Franklin] he wasn't afraid to die," Columbus, Ga., Police Lt. Mark D. Starling said. "He pointed his weapon at ML. Franklin, at which point Mr. Franklin shot him." The suspect will face charges after his release from the hospital. (The Ledger-Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., 08/24/2007)
Having had his home burglarized three times in a week, 85-year-old Alton Tillman was tired of being victimized. So, the next morning he left home at his normal time, but quietly returned. Once inside, he found signs of a burglary in progress. Even more disturbing, according to police, two feet were sticking out from below his bed. Tillman ordered the intruder to come out and called 9-1-1. He kept a handgun trained on the burglar until police arrived. Several of Tillman's missing items were found at the suspect's home a block away. (The Associated Press (NM), 08/10/2007)
A concealed-carry permit holder left a restaurant and stopped for a red light. According to police, that's when an attempted carjacker stuck a knife through the window and demanded the car. "The victim pulled out his handgun and he last saw the suspect running;" said Warren police detective Sgt. Michael Torey. (The Macomb Daily, Mount Clemens, Mich., 08/21/2007)
"Check this out, fool!" announced a masked intruder as he burst through the door of Allen Van Arsdale's antique shop. But police say Van Arsdale, a 46-year-old rock collector, was not about to comply. He dropped to a knee, drew a .45 Colt revolver and fired a shot, missing the bandit by inches but causing him to flee. "Whatever drugs he's doing altered his brain chemistry and he did something he probably didn't want to do," Van Arsdale said. "When somebody points a gun at me, it alters my brain chemistry and makes me do things I don't normally do." (The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08/08/2007)
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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?