Brad Correia and his family had just returned to their home in Rochester, Mass. when a stranger knocked on the door. With his children safe in bed, Mr. Correia tucked his handgun into his pants before answering the door to a disheveled looking stranger who said his car had broken down on the interstate. The Correias invited him into their home and offered the use of their telephone along with warm tea and fresh clothes, but when Mr. Correia began noticing inconsistencies in the man’s story, he called the police and learned the man was a fugitive. Mr. Correia held the fugitive at gunpoint until police arrived. Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee said of Mr. Correia, “I commend the man for his actions. He did what he needed to do, and I am glad it worked out well and nobody got hurt.” (SouthCoastToday.com, Rochester, MA, 02/28/2008)
Loud noises interrupted Julius Billy's discussion with his wife. According to police, a man tried to kick open he back door and continued lurking outside. Billy says he was forced into action because the man was on the side of the house where his 5-year-old slept. He grabbed his 9mm handgun and repeatedly ordered the man to the ground, but he wouldnt' comply. "...He kept coming toward me," Billy recalled. "He even jumped a little fence towards me and said, 'Go ahead. Shoot me.'" Billy did just that, and the man fell. Billy ran inside to ensure his wife was calling 9-1-1, then returned to the back yard. "...This time he told me not to shoot," Billy said. Police arrested the man minutes later. (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX, 03/15/2008)
One holdup man was killed and his partner wounded when they tried to rob the Miami discount store of Vincent Molina and Gerardo Fojo. As the robbers demanded cash, one of Fojo's brothers began flinging soft drink bottles at the pair. In the confusion, Fojo and Molina grabbed their own guns and opened up, killing one robber and putting the other to flight. He was pursued by two passers-by in a CB radio-equipped car, who chased him to a nearby hospital. (The Herald, Miami, FL, 6/27/1981)
After a man was killed at his apartment complex, Phillip Reinhardt bought a 9mm handgun and kept it nearby while he slept. Months later he was glad he had it. Police say an 18-year-old intruder kicked in Reinhardt's dead-bolted door just before dawn. The commotion woke Reinhardt's girlfriend, whom the intruder grabbed and began to touch inappropriately. Reinhardt came to her rescue, freeing her and firing one shot at the intruder. In hasty retreat, the wounded intruder broke a window and jumped through it. Police found him running down a street. (The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT, 03/16/2008)
A Texas homeowner went outside to close his property's gate when two masked men pulled into the driveway. Armed with guns, they demanded drugs and money. According to police the homeowner said he didn't have anything and told them to leave. Instead, they tried to enter the home and a struggle ensued. The homeowner's wife, who'd been watching the incident unfold from a window, quickly loaded a shotgun and ran outside. I [told my husband], 'Duck and I'll shoot! Duck and I'll shoot!,'" she recalls. "And he said, 'No, don't! Don't!' And I was debating whether to shoot or not." In the end, she found a compromise, firing a warning shot into the distance. The frightened suspects fled. "We should feel at home in our own home," the woman said. "We shouldn't feel frightened or afraid of anybody. This is our home." (KRGV-TV, Weslaco, TX, 03/12/2008)
"Was that you?" Les Daniel asked his 10-year-old grandson, who was sleeping in another bedroom. "No," the boy said. That was all Daniel needed to hear. Police say he quickly armed himself with two handguns and went to investigate the sounds he'd heard. Fish tank lights in the unlit dining room shone against a hooded stranger. "Who is it?" Daniel asked. "KCP," the man said, apparently meaning Kansas City Police. Daniel detected two more prowlers. "Whatever you think I got, you're wrong!" Daniel called out. "There ain't anything in here! You're about ready to die over eight dollars!" Daniel let them know he meant it by racking the slide of his .357-caliber Glock. All three men promptly fled. (The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO, 03/12/2008)
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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?