After hearing several bumps in the night, Claire Storms woke her husband, NRA Life member Dave Storms. He armed him self with a handgun and approached the noise. A 16-year-old wearing a bandana over his face was in the bathroom. Police said the teen had forcefully entered a window and was stealing money from Dave's wallet. "Just his eyes were showing," Storms recalled. "I put the gun on him real quick and I said, 'Back up and sit down on the pot." The teen sat down and waited for police to arrive, all the while asking to leave and begging not to be shot. Storms said some in the community feared he'd be charged with a crime for defending himself, but he knew he was within his rights. "If it was Washington, D.C., I would be in trouble," Storms said, adding that his fellow citizens "better vote for people who believe in the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms." (Presque Isle County Advance, Rogers City, MI, 08/28/2008)
NRA member David Johnson was returning home from work when he saw something suspicious-the door to his neighbor's recently vacated home was propped open. He found that his front door, too, was ajar, with a bicycle in the driveway and his dog running loose. Fearing a prowler was in the area, Johnson ran upstairs tp get his shotgun. According to police, Johnson found a man ransacking his bedroom. He quickly pointed his shotgun at the intruder and ordered him to the floor. Responding officers arrested the intruder, who was carrying a stolen gun and has a lengthy criminal record. "[The intruder is a] poster boy for Project Exile!" Johnson wrote in a letter to the NRA. (Tidewater News, Franklin, VA, 08/13/2008)
According to police, several people were trying to pry open the front door to a residence and, with his pregnant wife and two children in a back bedroom, the homeowner had just seconds to react. Noting that at least one of the suspects was armed, the homeowner grabbed his shotgun. When the door began to open, the home owner stuck the barrel of his shotgun into the opening and fired. One suspect fell dead while his accomplices ran from the scene. "[The deceased] was wearing a full beanie and gloves," said a neighbor. "Those guys came to kill." (The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA, 09/10/2008)
His barking dog awakened a Baptist minister early one morning. Deciding to investigate, he grabbed his .454 Casull revolver and slid open the front door. What he found was quite alarming-a man high on narcotics was holding a brick in the air, pounding on the side of the house and shouting. The minister retreated inside, but the crazed man forced his way through the door. Fearing for his safety, the minister pointed his big bore revolver at the suspect, ordered him to the floor and held him for police. A responding deputy had to use a Taser on the suspect before taking him into custody. (Troup County News, LaGrange, GA, 08/15/2008)
Joshua Eastman was loading groceries into his vehicle in a store parking lot when a man wearing a bandana and carrying a gun approached. Police said the man announced a robbery. Eastman tried to stall him, hoping onlookers would notice and call police, but the robber grew impatient and started shooting. Eastman wasn't struck by the gunfire, but shattered glass ripped through his legs. That's when Eastman, a concealed-carry permit holder, drew his handgun and opened fire on the assailant, wounding him. Eastman fled to safety inside the store. Police found the suspect hiding nearby. (The Morning Call, Allentown, PA, 08/28/2008)
"It's kind of a blur," recalls Robert Smotherman of his life's most terrifying moment. As he pulled into his driveway, two men wearing ski masks and carrying rifles ran around the corner and demanded his valuables. "I had a gun on me," recalls Smotherman, a concealed-carry permit holder. "[They] hesitated, and I took the opportunity," Police said Smotherman fired eight shots from his .45-caliber pistol, striking at least one of the suspects several times and causing both to flee. "I just took my gut reaction and went with my first instinct," he explained. The wounded suspect was apprehended; his accomplice is being sought. (Bradenton Herald, Bradenton, FL, 09/14/2008)
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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?