Shocked onlookers watched as a vehicle careened across a mall parking lot, nearly striking a tree. Inside, a man was savagely beating his girlfriend as she screamed for help. While others stood by and watched, a 27-year-old man with a concealed carry permit ran to the woman's aid, drew a Glock semi-automatic pistol and shouted at her boyfriend to end the assault. The boyfriend saw the gun and promptly complied. Police praised the armed citizen's actions. "For all we know, he could have saved her from serious injury," said Police Captain Norman Colyer. "I'm going to call him and tell him that when he gets ready to renew his [concealed carry] license, it's on me." (News-Telegram, Sulphur Springs, TX, 10/15/2009)
Police say Peter Gilmore was enjoying a visit with his son, James McGlone, when two armed men with stockings over their faces kicked open the front door. One of the suspects held a knife to Gilmore's throat and threatened to kill him. McGlone ran for the bedroom while the other suspect, armed with a tire iron, gave chase. The suspect may have assumed McGlone was running away, but he soon learned McGlone was arming himself. McGlone retrieved one of his father's pistols, aimed it as his assailant and told him to leave. Instead, the suspect struck him with the tire iron. McGlone fired a single shot, wounding the suspect, who fled with his accomplice. (Herald Tribune, Sarasota, FL, 10/26/2009)
He may be only 13 years old, but police say two burglars proved no match for Josh Cichy. He had just arrived home to what should have been an unoccupied house, but something wasn't right. "I walked down the hall and I saw two guys at the door and window," Cichy explains. He took fast action, grabbing a powerful spotlight, an air pistol and a 20-ga. shotgun. First, he blinded the intruders with the spotlight and shot at them with the air gun, hitting one. "I think I got him right in the face," Cichy recalls. Then he fired the shotgun and the intruders fled the home. Cichy says he's familiar with firearms, thanks to his father. "I go hunting with my dad and friends, so I know what to do. I wasn't really scared, but at the end I was shaking because of the adrenalin, I guess." (Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, MI, 10/02/2009)
A Georgia woman was at home with her daughter and a visitor when she heard a commotion in the front room. To her horror, two men and a woman wearing masks had barged in and started robbing the visitor. Rather than panic, the woman grabbed her gun, cell phone and daughter and hurried into a closet. Meanwhile, according to police, the robbers took $100 from the visitor, tied him up and began searching for the woman. They opened the closet, but took one look at her gun and ran. They were in such a hurry that they had trouble opening the door and fired a couple of shots in desperation. The woman returned fire and the robbers fled the scene. (Associated Press, 10/19/2009)
Three thieves apparently weren't aware of David Massey's successful track record of repelling burglars from his rural home. Massey has had several burglary attempts at his home, including one in 2008 when he fired at one suspect and held another for police. In the latest incident, police say Massey discovered two women and a man breaking into his home and confronted them with a handgun. The suspects leapt into an SUV and hurtled toward Massey. "They drove right across the center of the [driveway] circle towards me...I was in fear of my life," Massey said. 'They wouldn't stop, so I shot." Massey fired six shots in the direction of the vehicle's radiator. The vehicle veered out of control, missing Massey by mere feet and rolling onto its side. The suspects fled the vehicle and were arrested by police nearby. "I moved out here for the serenity," said Massey, who's determined to keep the home despite the burglaries. "I don't know how serene it is today." (Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, CA, 09/29/2009)
A great-grandmother and five of her relatives were enjoying a family trip when an armed robber stormed inside their motel room. Shouting orders, the robber forced the great grandmother to the floor, which actually positioned her closer to her .357 magnum revolver, a gun she inherited from her late husband and for which she had a permit to carry. As the robber threatened three generations of the woman's family and demanded money, she quietly got her gun. A shot rang out. "I thought I was shot," her son said. "I didn't realize my mother had shot him. It was mass chaos." The robber stumbled outside and died. "She said to me, 'God was with me tonight. You know I couldn't have done that myself," her son recalled. (The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, OH, 10/23/2009)
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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?