Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Armed Citizen

NRA member Geoffrey Tilga purchased items from a convenience store and began walking home. Unbeknownst to Tilga, two men-one of them wielding a knife-quietly trailed him. Police say one of the suspects approached Tilga and grabbed cash out of his back pocket. Tilga spun around and the suspects threatened him with the knife. Tilga, however, is one of the fortunate few New York state residents licensed to carry a handgun. He drew his Colt Detective Special .38-cal. revolver and fired a shot. The robbers fled the scene. (Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY, 04/22/2010)

A 15-year-old boy was alone in his mother's apartment when he heard a strange sound. Upon glancing into the living room, he discovered a masked man armed with an illegally possessed firearm. Police said the boy fled to his mother's bed­ room and grabbed a .22-cal. pistol. He then locked himself inside the attached bathroom and listened to the burglar ransacking the home. When the burglar attempted to enter the bathroom, the boy fired three shots. The burglar fled the scene. It is unknown if he was injured. (TimesDaily, Florence, AL, 06/18/2010)


Desperate for narcotics, a man wearing a ski mask and armed with a spear and a baseball bat burst into a pharmacy. Technician Paul Hemmer confronted the masked man before he had a chance to toss the spear. Police said Hemmer drew his licensed handgun and asked the man, "Do you really want to do this?" The masked man considered Hemmer's logic for a moment and quickly fled the scene. Law enforce­ ment lauded Hemmer's actions. "Not only did Paul Hemmer defend himself, co-workers and a customer...he also pre­vented dangerous drugs from getting out, on the street," said Sullivan County, N.Y., Sheriff Michael Schiff. "Mr. Hemmer acted courageously and with great restraint." (Daily Freeman, Kingston, NY, 06/04/2010)

Police said a couple sat in their car deciding what to order from a fast-food restaurant when two men carrying guns leapt into the backseat and announced a robbery. The boyfriend, a concealed-carry permit holder, drew his handgun and shot both robbers. One robber was immediately incapacitated and the other ran a short distance before he collapsed. Both will be arrested upon release from the hos­pital. The boyfriend received leg injuries when the robbers returned fire, but he's been released from the hospital. A St. Louis homicide detective said criminals should take note of the incident. "It was a victim defending himself. [Nowadays] you've got a lot of people carrying guns in their cars to defend themselves with, so, too bad for the robbers," said Lt. John Green. (KSDK-TV, St. Louis, MO, 06/29/10)

Two children-a 15-year-old boy and his 12-year-old sister-were home alone when two suspects smashed the back window and crawled inside. The boy heard the commotion and, fearing for his safety and that of his sister, quickly got his father's AR-15-style rifle. According to police, the boy fired several shots and the burglars fled suffering from gunshot wounds. One suspect was hospitalized and the other was sent to jail. The boy's father, a county deputy constable, was the first officer to respond to the scene. The rifle was a personal-use firearm. Fellow officers praised the boy's actions. "As parents, we protect our kids, and as an older brother, he was protecting his sister and himself," said Harris County, Texas, Sheriff's Officer Lt. Jeff Stauber. (KTRK-ABC13, Houston, TX, 06/30/2010)

One afternoon, a woman heard the doorbell ring while she was alone in her home. She did not recognize the two men standing on her porch, so she chose not to answer the door. Police said she hoped the men would leave, but instead they circled the home and threw an object through the glass back door. The woman quickly obtained a firearm. She yelled at the men as they entered the home and fired two shots. The suspects hastily fled the scene. (WHNS-TV, Greenville, SC, 05/31/2010)

His odd style of dress for a warm, summer day was what first made a woman notice the suspect. Sporting a black knit cap, winter gloves, a scarf and goggles, she observed him as he approached her husband's car and broke into it. Her husband got a gun and confronted the suspect, forcing him to lie face down in the driveway. The husband held the suspect at gunpoint for police. The suspect, who was on probation, was found to be in possession of drugs, a knife and other burglary tools. (The News Journal, Wilmington, DE, 06/30/10)

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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