Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Armed Citizen

"He was a big, burly guy," said 89-year-old Beatrice Turner of the man who allegedly smashed in her front door and entered the home. "He was pulling at his shorts and talking crazy...I always said if they come inside, it's me or them." Armed with a .22-cal. revolver, Turner yelled at the man to leave. According to police, the burglar instead advanced on Turner, and she fired a shot in self-defense, narrowly missing her assailant. A neighbor heard the gunshot and phoned police. Officers arrested the burglar in the front yard. "All of [the police officers] were hugging me and telling me how brave I was." Turner said. The friendly officers even helped Turner reload her gun before leaving. (The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, 04/21/2010)

Police are calling a man lucky to be alive after he attempted to commit burglary in a firearm-friendly neighborhood. First he broke into a home owned by Avi Mange's, who quickly got her pistol when her barking dogs alerted her to the danger. "I hollered, 'Who's there? I've got a gun!'" Manges explained. The intruder looked through a window, confirmed Manges was armed and fled. Shortly thereafter, the suspect entered another residence; the homeowner heard a commotion and got his 9 mm pistol. He spotted the suspect, pointed the gun at him and held him for police. "If [the burglar] had threatened them, he would have been shot," police Sgt. Roderick O'Connor said. "You go busting into a house, they don't know what your intent is." According to O'Connor, all the suspect had to say for himself was, "Those guys pointed guns at me. They should be arrested. The only charges filed were against the suspect. (Glenwood Post, Glenwood, CO, 04/29/2010)

A man was enjoying his lunch on a park bench when, according to police, a suspect with a less wholesome agenda spotted him. Clutch­ing a knife, the suspect approached the man and said, "Give me all your money or I'll stab you!" The mugger grabbed the man and shoved him against a fence. The suspect may have intended to inflict bodily harm on the man, however, he didn't realize his would-be victim was licensed to carry a firearm. The man drew a handgun and opened fire on the suspect, wounding him. The mugger was to be arrested upon his release from the hospital. (The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT, 04/27/10)

When Michael Lish returned home to find the back door and a window ajar, he entered cautiously with his handgun for protec­tion. As he inspected the home, a man dressed in dark clothing and wielding a sword sprung out at him. Police say the burglar threatened Lish and walked toward him. Lish fired a shot, wound­ing the burglar who fell to his knees. The burglar reached behind his back in an apparent attempt to grab another weapon, forcing Lish to fire two more shots, killing him. The burglar, who was on probation at the time of his death, was also carrying two illegally possessed guns, a knife and a stun gun. (Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK, 04/03/2010)

Two masked men were going door-to-door looking for a home that looked ripe for burglary. They settled on one owned by Carlos Martinez, who was at home with his wife and children. Martinez's son, Bryan, answered a knock at the door, and the masked burglars thrust it open so force­ fully that they damaged the wall inside. The men demanded money and Bryan, a Marine who was home on leave, retreated into the home and alerted his family to the situation. Carlos hurried his wife and daughter into the master bedroom and locked the door. The women hid in the bathroom and Caribs grabbed one of his handguns. The burglars attempted to breech the bedroom door and Carlos fired three shots. The intruders fled the home. (WFTV-TV, Orlando, FI, 04/27/10)

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An elderly couple proved that a firearm is all that's needed to counteract a burglar's youth and strength. Police say a 28-year-old thug learned that fact the hard way when he entered their barn toting a crow bar, metal cutters and flashlight. Charles and Kathleen Smith, whose barn had been broken into earlier in the week, stopped to check on the property and spotted the prowler. Kathleen shouted at the prowler not to move and held him with her .22-cal. rifle. The couple called police, who arrested the suspect. Neighbors have expressed much gratitude for the Smiths' brave actions. (WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY, 04/16/10)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

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
Knife Control?!
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?

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