Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Armed Citizen

Tiffany and Adrian McKinnon returned from vacation to find their Montgomery, Ala., home ransacked. "Tears just rolled down my face as I walked in and saw everything gone and piles of trash all over my home," recalled Tiffany. Adrian was surveying the damage when, incredibly, a man walked through the back door wearing Adrian's hat! Police say Adrian pointed a gun at the suspect and told him to lie on the floor. Then Adrian got an idea: He forced the suspect to clean up the mess. When police arrived, the suspect griped about his treatment. "The police officer laughed at him when he complained and said anybody else would have shot him dead," said Tiffany. (Associated Press, AL, 10/18/2007)

Locksmith Dennis Baker, the victim of three burglaries in less than a month, has a home security system and three surveillance cameras monitoring his property. But police say the fourth burglary was foiled by an unlikely source -- Baker's pet parrot, Salvador, which says "hello" when it sees someone. Presumably spotting the prowler, the bird squawked, "Hello, hello," waking Baker, who retrieved a gun and investigated, locating the suspect in a garage. Baker noted, "He had his hands in his pockets when he came through here. I had no idea what he had." Baker shot the burglar, killing him. (The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX, 10/17/2007)

Eighty-three-year-old Raymond Bunte is the kind of person anyone would like to have as a neighbor. He heard a loud noise from his neighbor's house and, knowing the neighbor was at work, decided to investigate. A strange vehicle was parked outside, so Bunte used his own to block it. Noticing the front door was kicked in, Bunte grabbed his 12-gauge shotgun and ordered the burglars out of the house. Police say one suspect fled, but the other got into his vehicle and tried to run over Bunte, who then shot and killed the assailant. The second suspect was caught by police. (Wilson County News, Floresville, TX, 10/03/2007)

Returning home to find a man rooting around in her living room, a 22-year-old woman quickly fled to the bedroom. She locked the door behind her and obtained her husband's handgun and ammunition. According to authorities, the young woman fled to an adjacent bathroom and turned the door's lock while the intruder forcefully entered the bedroom. She quickly loaded her husband's gun and, when the intruder began pounding on the bathroom door, she fired a single shot. Upon realizing his intended victim was armed, the once-brazen thug fled the home. (The Record, West Paterson, NJ, 09/26/2007)

A 5:30 a.m. knock on the door tends to arouse suspicions, and as a 21-year-old home-owner discovered, sometimes they're justified. He opened the door in the early morning hours to find a man pointing a gun at him. "The occupant of the home obtained a handgun and fired shots at the assailant," Jackson, Miss., Police Department Sgt. Eric Smith said. "During the course of the invasion, multiple shots were fired by both occupant and alleged armed robber." The intruder was shot multiple times and will be charged after his release from the hospital. It was the third time in just more than two weeks that an armed citizen in Jackson fired upon a would-be burglar. (The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, MS, 10/15/2007)

Photographer Jeff Dykehouse, whose non-profit business provides free portraits of terminally ill children and their families, was working in his shop when the sound of breaking glass interrupted his labor of love. The photographer grabbed a firearm and went to the front of the shop, where he found an intruder had broken through the glass door. According to police, Dykehouse announced he was armed, but the intruder ignored the warning and charged, forcing Dykehouse to shoot him. The intruder died at the scene. (The Grand Rapids Press, Ann Arbor, MI, 10/09/2007)

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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