The 17-year-old offender must've thought Leda Smith, an 85-year-old great-grandmother from southwestern Pennsylvania, would be easy prey, but Smith had the one tool that allows the weak to defend themselves against the strong-a firearm. According to police, when Smith heard the suspect forcefully enter the home, she went straight for her .22-caliber revolver and trained it on him. "I said, 'What are you doing in my house?'" Smith recalled. "He just kept saying he didn't do it." Showing great bravery, Smith held the suspect at gunpoint, forcing him to dial 9-1-1 and remain in a spread eagle position on the floor until police arrived. "I just hope I broke up the [burglary] ring because they have been hitting a lot of places around here," Smith added. (Associated Press, 08/19/2008)
Police say that a homeowner arrived at his residence to find an intruder sliding out from under the garage door with his power tools and rifle. The homeowner quickly drew a firearm on the intruder, holding him until police arrived. Police believe two other suspects fled in a car and a fourth may have fled on foot. Bradley County, TN, Sheriff Tim Gobble praised the homeowner's actions. "I love it when a homeowner catches a criminal while protecting his property. That's the best example I can think of why an armed citizenry is the best defense against crime," he said, adding that the intruder had been to jail before. "Part of our job is to back up citizens protecting their property, and I am proud of this homeowner." (Chattanoogan.com, Chattanooga, TN, 08/08/2008)
A homeowner was answering his doorbell when a noise at the back window alarmed him. "So I went upstairs and got my pistol and came back down," the homeowner explained. As he approached the back room, he saw a man climbing in the window. "I'm within eight feet of the guy. I'm nervous. I yelled at him and it seemed like his hand went up, so I hit the floor and started shooting," the homeowner said. Police found the wounded suspect in the front yard of a nearby home. He faces charges after his release from the hospital. "I regret that it caused injury on him," the homeowner said, "But I also regret that someone was trying to impose injury [on me] and steal my personal [valuables]." (WSB-TV, Atlanta, GA, 08/10/2008)
Nathan Zeger was meeting a man at a local rock quarry in order to purchase an ATV, but the events did not go as planned. As Zeger was approaching the seller, an ambush unfolded. Police say a second male wearing a black ski mask and wielding a gun moved in from Zeger's left and told him to get on the ground. Zeger, who holds a concealed-carry permit, was not about to comply. Drawing his .38-caliber handgun, he emptied all six cylinders. His assailant fired three times; then fled in his car at a high rate of speed. The suspects were still being sought at press time. (Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, Lancaster, OH, 08/13/2008)
According to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), James Galvin was awakened by his sheepdog's terrified cries. When Galvin peered out the window, he saw his dog being chased around the yard by a 150-pound bear. Grabbing a firearm, Galvin ran outside. When the bear saw him, it stood up, then headed straight for him. Galvin was forced to dispatch the bear. DEP officials believe the bear's nearby cubs may have triggered the aqqressive behavior. The DEP determined the cubs were old enough to survive on their own and released them in a state forest. (The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT, 08/14/2008)
While looking for a doctor's office, a 22-year-old Citadel student became lost. He drove slowly in an attempt to get his bearings, but his sluggish speed enraged a fellow motorist. According to police, when the student pulled into a parking lot to look at a map, the angry driver pulled in behind him and got out of his car gripping a baseball bat and loudly berating the young man about his driving. Reacting swiftly, the student pulled a Glock 23 pistol from his glove box and showed it to his assailant. Apparently no longer angry, the bat-wielding man put his hands in the air, returned to his sports car and drove off without further incident. (The Island Packet, Bluffton, SC, 08/09/2008
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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?