In February an NRA-supported federal law went into effect permit ting people who may legally carry firearms to do so in many previously gun-free national parks. Three months later, a backpacker chose to exercise the new right while hiking in Alaska's Denali National Park. His decision and the new law likely saved his life and that of the female hiker accompanying him. They discovered bear sign and went on high alert. The bear, a grizzly, quickly emerged and charged the female hiker. The male drew a .45 ACP pistol and fired about nine shots, killing the bear. (Daily News-Miner, Fairbanks, AK, 05/30/2010)
Police say four known gang members burst into an Arizona store that sells car alarms and stereos and announced a robbery. The gang members began ransacking the store and forced an employee into a back office at gunpoint. That's when the store's owner emerged onto the scene and opened fire with a shotgun. One gang member was killed and two were wounded. The store owner, whose forearm was slightly injured by return fire, held the three surviving suspects for police. (Associated Press, 05/12/2010)
Home alone with her baby one morning, a woman heard a knock at the door. She declined to answer. A second knock, this time at the back door, aroused her suspicion. She retrieved a shotgun and attempted to obtain the license plate number of the car outside her home. To her shock, one of the suspects was able to pick the lock on the front door's dead bolt and it began to turn. She aimed the shotgun at the door. Police said the suspect opened the door, saw the shotgun and fled the area with an accomplice while shouting that they were merely lost. The men were arrested. (Chillicothe Gazette, Chillicothe, OH, 05/15/2010)
Strolling along on his evening walk, a man with a concealed carry permit was approached from behind by a robber who thrust a gun in his back and demanded money. He handed over his wallet, and as the robber was distracted, he drew a .40-cal. semi-automatic pistol from its holster. The suspect pointed his gun at him, so the man opened fire, killing the suspect. Police said the suspect may have fired a shot during a robbery the previous week and may have been prepared to shoot again. "When we found [the dead suspect], he was laying on the ground with the gun in his hands and his finger on the trigger," said Hazelwood Police Chief Carl Wolf. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, MO, 05/06/2010)
Claiming to need money for a bus ticket, a man went begging door to-door. Several houses into his apparent scheme, he was turned away by Charles and Rita Ray. The suspect allegedly grew agitated and tried to enter the home. "We believe he couldn't get in the front of the house and went around to the back and that's when the gunshots started," said Moss Point, Miss., Police Chief Sheila Smallman. The victims and the suspect both fired shots. The Rays were injured, but will recover. The suspect was killed. (Sun Herald, Gulfport, MS, 05/23/2010)
With her husband working the. night shift, a woman was home alone one evening when she heard noises upstairs. Fearing the worst, she got her handgun before investigating. A second floor window was shattered and a man was waving a flashlight around in the bedroom. "He yelled something at her," said Calhoun County, Ala., Sheriff Larry Amerson. "She wasn't sure what it meant and she was scared. The woman shot the intruder several times, killing him. (The Anniston Star, Anniston, AL, 05/19/10)
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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?