This week The Armed Citizen couldn't be more relevant. With government resources spread thin at all levels, many of our law enforcement branches can't do as much as they have in the past. In California, we're trending in the direction of the U.K. in that property crimes are hardly even noticed or responded to. In Cleveland, Ohio, one judge is actually suggesting residents who are feeling insecure get a CCW permit and a firearm. I wish the sheriff in my area believed in my right to self-defense (in California, your right to preserve your life is dependent not on the 2nd Amendment, but on the whims of the local sheriff).
Paul Garner was awakened by shattering glass when, police said, an intruder with a prior burglary conviction attempted to break in through a window. Garner grabbed his .45-caliber, semi-automatic handgun and, when the burglar lifted the window blinds, he fired three rounds. The intruder died at the scene. The incident was at least the fifth time since April that a San Antonio property owner shot an intruder. (San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio, TX, 10/17/2008)
A woman was talking on the phone with her son when he yelled that an armed man was trying to break into his apartment. Suddenly, the connection was severed and the woman phoned the police. By the time officers arrived, the woman's son had shot the suspect and was holding him at gunpoint. (The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA, 10/16/2008)
Police said four men were intent on committing their second burglary of the evening but, on this attempt, they met with a prepared homeowner. As the four entered the home, the barking of the family dog awakened the homeowner and his family. The homeowner confronted the men, who demanded money. As the homeowner fled back to the bedroom, one of the robbers fired a sawed-off shotgun. The homeowner returned with a handgun, shooting one of the robbers and causing the four intruders to flee the scene. All four robbers were later arrested. (The Lancaster News, Lancaster, SC, 09/24/2008)
A 23-year-old University of Arizona student was at his residence several blocks north of campus when two men knocked on the door. According to police, the knock came at an unusual hour, so the student retrieved a handgun before opening the door. One of the men asked to speak to an individual whose name the student didn't know. At that point, the student noticed the second man was wearing a bandana and holding a handgun. The student tried to slam the door shut, but the men, both of whom had criminal records dating to 1997, forced their way inside. The student drew his handgun, shooting and killing both men. "Had he not done what he did, he probably would have been dead right now," said Tucson police Sgt. Fabian Pacheco. (The Daily Wildcat, Tucson, AZ, 10/17/2008)
When Steve Manning's wife heard someone breaking into her home, she woke her husband, who sprang into action. Manning said a "huge man full of rage"was repeatedly charging the front with a straight arm and shouting, "Dude, you are going to get yours! Dude, you're going to get it!" But Manning was not about to allow himself or his wife to be harmed. He quickly armed himself with his handgun, shouting to the intruder, "If you come into this house, I will shoot you!" According to police, the man did not heed the advice, forcing the door open. Manning fired two shots, wounding the suspect. Manning said the shots appeared to surprise the suspect and, strangely, calmed him. Police arrested the suspect in a nearby flower bed. (Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK, 10/18/2008)
Two assailants armed with shot guns approached a man sitting in his pickup outside his home, according to police. They ordered the victim out of the truck and, having not entirely formulated a plan, paused to consider their next course of action. "One of the men decided to force [the victim] back inside his residence and told him to get up," said police spokesman Lt. Paul Henderson." As [the victim] began to stand up, he retrieved a handgun that was concealed in his pants and began slinging lead at the two would-be robbers. One suspect was hit multiple times and immediately collapsed in the street. The wounded suspect died. Police are investigating leads on his alleged accomplices. (Star Telegram, Fort Worth, TX, 10/17/2008)
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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?