"I just didn't hesitate," Cody Buckler explained while recalling an armed invasion of his home. He awoke to the sound of strange voices in the living room. Peering into the hall, he saw two masked men toting handguns. His girlfriend's young daughter confronted one of the men, who claimed to be a police officer. Buckler quickly returned to the bedroom for his 12-gauge shotgun. Police say he proceeded to the living room, spotted one of the suspects holding his television, and promptly shot him. That suspect fled, but his accomplice charged up the stairs. Buckler shot him, too, causing him to retreat to the basement and exit via a window. The suspects were found seeking treatment for gunshot wounds at the hospital. (The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO, 01/22/2008)
When a 51-year-old-woman informed a man she didn't want to be his girlfriend, he committed a series of disturbing acts. Several police reports chronicle the incidents, which include break-ins, vandalism and even assaults at the woman's workplace. One day she found her home broken into, a clock radio destroyed and her undergarments missing. Two days later, she heard breaking glass and called 9-1-1. the entire chilling incident was recorded on 9-1-1 audio. "I'm so scared," she told the operator, who advised her to lock herself in a bedroom. She hid in the closet with a 9mm pistol loaned to her by a friend. Police say the alleged stalker began kicking in the bedroom door. "What are you doing?" the woman screamed. "Stop it! Please stop it! Just stop it!" The man burst into the bedroom and began choking her. Gunshots rang out. The woman escaped while her assailant lay mortally wounded. (The Times, Munster, IN, 01/10/2008)
Alerted by the sound of screaming children, Paulo Jean stepped outside his home. "Trouble is out!" the children yelled. Jean was familiar with Trouble, an aptly named pit bull, and rushed to the scene. The dog immediately attacked, viciously biting Jean's arms and buttocks. Jean drew a pocket-holstered .380-caliber handgun and fired three shots, killing the dog. (The Miami Herald, Miami, FL, 01/11/2008)
Police were pursuing a suspect in an armed robbery. Meanwhile, George Richard heard a commotion outside and quickly armed himself with a firearm to investigate. Just outside the door, police say Richard found the robbery suspect hunched up and hiding. "Man, you need to get up and get out of here," Richard told him. "Somebody's trying to kill me," the suspect said. "Well, you still need to leave," Richard replied. The suspect then tried to enter the home. "Man, don't come in. I'm gonna have to shoot you," Richard advised. With the gun in his right hand, Richard pushed the suspect with his left arm to prevent his entry. But the suspect forced a foot inside the door, and Richard was forced to shoot him. The homeowner phoned police, who found the wounded suspect nearby. (The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, LA, 01/10/2008)
Charlie Merrell was standing in a grocery checkout lane when a masked man leapt over a neighboring counter, pulled a gun on a store employee and demanded cash. Luckily for the store employee, Merrell, a right-to-carry permit holder, was not about to stand idly by. Police say Merrell drew his handgun and ordered the suspect to disarm. The suspect put down his gun, removed his mask and sprawled out on the floor. Merrell held the man at gunpoint for police. The suspect's gun was discovered to be unloaded. (WRTV6 News, Indianapolis, IN, 01/03/2008)
Eighty-year-old Martha Smith says there was no time for fear when her border collie confronted a mountain lion near her home. "I could see the tail twitching, and she was snarling and spitting," she recalls. Smith shot at the cat with her .22 caliber rifle, but missed, and ran inside to dial 9-1-1. Informed help was a long way off, Smith decided she'd have to deal with the agitated cat herself. "I shot him in the light spot under his leg where I knew his heart would be," she explained. "You do what you have to do--you don't have time to be afraid." Smith has been versed in riflecraft since adolescence, when she herded sheep on the family ranch. "My sister and I were put on horseback with the lunch, the water canteen and a gun," she recalls. (Angus Leader, Sioux Falls, SD, 01/09/2008)
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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?