Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Armed Citizen

Tiffany and Adrian McKinnon returned from vacation to find their Montgomery, Ala., home ransacked. "Tears just rolled down my face as I walked in and saw everything gone and piles of trash all over my home," recalled Tiffany. Adrian was surveying the damage when, incredibly, a man walked through the back door wearing Adrian's hat! Police say Adrian pointed a gun at the suspect and told him to lie on the floor. Then Adrian got an idea: He forced the suspect to clean up the mess. When police arrived, the suspect griped about his treatment. "The police officer laughed at him when he complained and said anybody else would have shot him dead," said Tiffany. (Associated Press, AL, 10/18/2007)

Locksmith Dennis Baker, the victim of three burglaries in less than a month, has a home security system and three surveillance cameras monitoring his property. But police say the fourth burglary was foiled by an unlikely source -- Baker's pet parrot, Salvador, which says "hello" when it sees someone. Presumably spotting the prowler, the bird squawked, "Hello, hello," waking Baker, who retrieved a gun and investigated, locating the suspect in a garage. Baker noted, "He had his hands in his pockets when he came through here. I had no idea what he had." Baker shot the burglar, killing him. (The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX, 10/17/2007)

Eighty-three-year-old Raymond Bunte is the kind of person anyone would like to have as a neighbor. He heard a loud noise from his neighbor's house and, knowing the neighbor was at work, decided to investigate. A strange vehicle was parked outside, so Bunte used his own to block it. Noticing the front door was kicked in, Bunte grabbed his 12-gauge shotgun and ordered the burglars out of the house. Police say one suspect fled, but the other got into his vehicle and tried to run over Bunte, who then shot and killed the assailant. The second suspect was caught by police. (Wilson County News, Floresville, TX, 10/03/2007)

Returning home to find a man rooting around in her living room, a 22-year-old woman quickly fled to the bedroom. She locked the door behind her and obtained her husband's handgun and ammunition. According to authorities, the young woman fled to an adjacent bathroom and turned the door's lock while the intruder forcefully entered the bedroom. She quickly loaded her husband's gun and, when the intruder began pounding on the bathroom door, she fired a single shot. Upon realizing his intended victim was armed, the once-brazen thug fled the home. (The Record, West Paterson, NJ, 09/26/2007)

A 5:30 a.m. knock on the door tends to arouse suspicions, and as a 21-year-old home-owner discovered, sometimes they're justified. He opened the door in the early morning hours to find a man pointing a gun at him. "The occupant of the home obtained a handgun and fired shots at the assailant," Jackson, Miss., Police Department Sgt. Eric Smith said. "During the course of the invasion, multiple shots were fired by both occupant and alleged armed robber." The intruder was shot multiple times and will be charged after his release from the hospital. It was the third time in just more than two weeks that an armed citizen in Jackson fired upon a would-be burglar. (The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, MS, 10/15/2007)

Photographer Jeff Dykehouse, whose non-profit business provides free portraits of terminally ill children and their families, was working in his shop when the sound of breaking glass interrupted his labor of love. The photographer grabbed a firearm and went to the front of the shop, where he found an intruder had broken through the glass door. According to police, Dykehouse announced he was armed, but the intruder ignored the warning and charged, forcing Dykehouse to shoot him. The intruder died at the scene. (The Grand Rapids Press, Ann Arbor, MI, 10/09/2007)

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?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Doing it Left

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Or, as Saul Alinsky put it:
RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.  
In other words, if you're a Leftist and you have no leg to stand on, just go with the argumentum ad hominem.  The useful idiots are too stupid to realize the unfairness and impropriety of what you're doing.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Why 7 rounds isn't enough

People have gotten used to the idea that real life is like the movies.  I even heard a conspiracy theory that the Boston attack was faked because "the blood didn't look real."  No, the blood looked real, it's just that movie blood doesn't.  So, it's no surprise that New York lawmakers think you only need 7 rounds of ammunition in your firearm, and California lawmakers think you only need 10.

This officer carries 145 rounds of ammunition.  Always.

Officer Gramins used to carry just 47 rounds until an encounter he was lucky to survive.  A well-armed suspect had vowed to kill any cop who had the temerity to pull him over after he committed a robbery.  The officer tried just that, and a gun battle ensued.
The marksman officer had shot the suspect 14 times and the suspect kept trying to engage:

“I thought I was hitting him, but with shots going through his clothing it was hard to tell for sure. This much was certain: he kept moving and kept shooting, trying his damnedest to kill me.”

In this free-for-all, the assailant had, in fact, been struck 14 times. Any one of six of these wounds — in the heart, right lung, left lung, liver, diaphragm, and right kidney — could have produced fatal consequences…“in time,” Gramins emphasizes.

A shot to the head finally stopped the suspect.  Imagine the officers surprise in the hospital to hear what followed:

At one point Gramins heard a doctor exclaim, “We may as well stop. Every bag of blood we give him ends up on the floor. This guy’s like Swiss cheese. Why’d that cop have to shoot him so many times!”

Gramins thought, “He just tried to kill me! Where’s that part of it?”

The answer of course was because the suspect wouldn't stop coming and trying to kill him even though Gramins was using the supposedly man-stopping .45 round.  14 fatal hits and it still took two to the head to stop the assailant.  But you and I, lawful citizens only need 7 to stop our attackers according to the New York legislature.

The Armed Citizen

A crime spree was in progress. Two people were already in the hospital with serious head injuries. Police say the suspects in that crime, a 30-year-old man and a 16-yearold boy, chose a disabled man and his wife as their next victims. The suspects broke into the home with a pellet gun and baseball bat Despite the homeowner's spinal affliction, he proved no easy victim. He drew a handgun, causing the older intruder to flee. The younger intruder waited for authorities. "I'm a Life member of the National Rifle Association and I personally love homeowners being able to defend themselves and their families," said Pulaski County, MO, Sheriff J.B. King. (Waynesville Daily Guide, Waynesville, MO, 11/17/2007)

Sandra Hulsey didn't expect her life to change in a hardware store parking lot "... The guy just came up and pushed me real hard with a force, like It was a car that hit me. And hewn just yanking my purse ..." The suspected purse snatcher probably did not notice Hulsey's husband, Norman, loading wood into their pickup truck. Norman grabbed his shotgun from the truck and fired a single shot causing the suspect to nn. "The sound of the shotgun and that dude burning off -- it was funny," sad a witness. The suspect flagged down a police officer. "The suspect runs up to the police car saying, 'Let me in. They are shooting at me'" said the responding deputy. Nobody was injured. (ABC-KTRI, Houston, TX, 11/02/2007)

Juan Amezaga and Stephen Soto were enjoying the fall weather outside Soto's apartment. The mood was shattered when two strangers walked by two or three times as If casing the neighborhood. Then the strangers approached. 'What time is it?' one asked. Soto looked down at his watch. but as he raised his head the stranger said, 'Hey, run them,' and drew a gun. But Amezaga and Soto are concealed-carry permit holden. Soto pulled a 9 mm pistol just as the stranger shot. The bullet grazed Soto's shin, breaking the skin. Police say Soto fired two or three times, and the robbers fled. One robber stopped and again began shooting. Soto and Amezaga both returned fire and the robber fled. "It could have been real bad last night If it wasn't for the quick thinking and our concealed-weapons permits" Soto said. "We might not even be here." (Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, FL, 11/07/2007)

Jason Moore returned home to find a strange car outside. A concealed-carry license holder, he grabbed a .45-caliber handgun from his truck and inspected the home, finding the back door kicked in. Once inside, he spied a man in the bedroom. He approached cautiously and spotted another suspect. The second man was holding Moore's own shotgun. "I fired one round and he went down," Moore said. "I Immediately dialed 9-1-1 and told them not to move ... I told them that a lot." The injured suspect complied, but the other claimed to be a gang member who would have Moore killed. When police arrived, they informed Moore that the injured suspect was wanted by U.S. Marshals on drug charges and his accomplice was a suspect in a homicide. "It's just scary to know that there were two people that bad in my house and in my bedroom," said Moore. (Yakima Herold-Republic, Yakima, WA, 11/21/2007)

After someone shot through Steven Troy Stewart's living room window, the frightened Stewart began keeping a shotgun nearby. A month later, the precaution proved a lifesaver. Stewart heard glass breaking. He leapt from bed, grabbed his shotgun and walked toward the front of the house. There stood a man with a gun and a gasoline bomb. Stew-art shot several times, wounding the intruder. The intruder fled with accomplices and later died. Three suspects were arrested In connection with the crime andsuspicion of gang activity. In a jailhouse interview, one suspect told a local TV station they planned to kill Stewart, but he didn't know why. (The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, CA, 11/09/2007)

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?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Armed Citizen

A woman from retired preacher Bill Willis's church invited him to take a concealed-carry class with her. Though Willis had never been particularly interested in firearms, he agreed, obtaining his permit, purchasing a .22-caliber pistol and practicing with it regularly. Not long after, Willis' wife, Judith, woke him in the middle of the night and announced there was an intruder. Willis spotted the man darting into the bathroom and quickly retrieved his Walther P22. Police say he warned the suspect three times, "Come out with your hands up. I have a gun and I will shoot." The man exited the bathroom and approached Willis, pretending to surrender, then pulled out a knife and viciously stabbed Willis'arm. Willis shot and killed the assailant. Deputies have temporarily seized Willis' pistol as evidence, but he purchased another. "It would be foolish not to be prepared," he said. (The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 09/12/2007)

Yev Gerasimenko was taking his turn caring for his 4-day-old daughter while his wife rested. He was interrupted by loud knocks at the door and answered it to find two large men. One asked for someone Gerasimenko didn't know."I said, 'There's no-body here by that name, and I shut the door as soon as I could," he explained. That's when police say the biggest man took a running start and slammed into the door. Gerasimenko called for his wife to take their baby, lock herself in the bathroom and phone police. He loaded his 9 mm handgun and yelled for the man to leave, but he continued trying to breach the door."I'm shouting, 'I have a gun! Why are you trying to break into my house? I'll shoot you if you don't go away,' Gerasimenko recalled. But the suspect didn't heed the warning. Gerasimenko fired two shots, wounding the suspect and holding him for police." ... A gun in a good responsible citizen's hand is a blessing," Gerasimenko said. (Statesman Journal, Salem, OR, 09/20/2007)

The screams of his pregnant wife -- a horrible sound -- woke Roger Gilchrist from a dead sleep. He grabbed his gun and ran to the garage, where he discovered that his wife had driven in and stumbled upon a gun-wielding burglar. "Under the circumstances, with him having a gun and standing next to my pregnant wife, I'm not going to wait and see what happens -- I'm going to fire," Gilchrist said. Police say the burglar shot first and Gilchrist returned fire, injuring the intruder. The suspect fled, but was apprehended shortly thereafter. "If [my husband] didn't have that gun, we would've both been dead," said Gilchrist's wife. (Daily Press, Victorville, CA, 09/26/2007)

College student John Erickson parked his scooter and was walking toward his house when a pit bull charged him in an unprovoked attack. "All of a sudden the dog grabbed my leg from behind," he recalls. He swung his helmet at the dog, temporarily halting the assault but the dog recommenced the onslaught. Erickson, a concealed-carry permit holder, was forced to draw his 9 mm pistol and shoot the delinquent animal. His mother, Lyn, used to oppose her son's firearm ownership, but after the incident she noted, "Now I'm saying,'I'm just so thankful he had a gun,' I'm just so thankful because what would you do?" (Daily Herald, Provo, UT, 9/18/2007)

Alana Holbrook awoke to a startling discovery: A man was standing just outside her master bedroom doorway. Police say that when the suspect saw her stir, he bolted out of sight. Holbrook woke her husband, David, who quickly armed himself with a .45-caliber pistol. David searched the residence, finding no sign of the burglar but noting several missing items. When he stepped onto his front porch, he found the prowler hiding in the bushes and held him at gunpoint for police. (St. Tammany News, Covington, LA, 08/29/2007)

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?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Study Reveals Global Warming Not To Blame For Last Year’s Crippling Drought

ST. LOUIS (CBS St. Louis/AP) – A new federal study reveals that global warming is not to blame for last year’s extreme drought that crippled the central Great Plains.

The study conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Drought Task Force places the blame on natural variations in weather patterns that caused the “flash drought.”

The Plains saw very little rain last summer due to two key meteorological processes which NOAA states was a “sequence of unfortunate events.” First, the Plains states saw very little rain in May and June because low pressure systems that brought storms were shunted northward into Canada. Second, thunderstorms were infrequent in July and August and produced little precipitation.
No surprises there.  There hasn't been any warming in the last 16 years, and more and more scientists are speaking out about the current alarmist movement being wrong.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Imagine if Chicago actually let him exercise his 2nd Amendment rights

Here's a video of  a scumbag robber.  The sad part is that it happened in Chicago.  In almost any other city in the nation, the robber would have died of multiple gunshot wounds because the shop owner wouldn't have been forced to defend himself with a club against a firearm.  I noticed Chicago's strict gun control laws didn't stop the robber from illegally using a firearm.

The one saving grace of this incident is that the robber clearly had no idea how to shoot straight.  Instead of being killed, the shop owner took one bullet to the leg.  Not bad for an encounter where, disarmed by the people who are supposed to protect you and your rights, you have to make do with a club against a gun-wielding assailant.

You'll notice the robber realizes he can't hit the broad side of the barn and tries to get close enough multiple times to kill the shop owner.  Fortunately, if you can't hit anything with a pistol (that is, you've never actually tried to practice with one and think everyone will just obey you because it's in your hand), a bat is a far better close-range weapon.

What is indisputable is that Chicago and strict gun control failed this shop owner and all its citizens.  The shop owner should have had the option to shoot back.


Texas college student wounds 14 in stabbing spree

Here's the story:  Texas college student wounds 14 in stabbing spree

Naturally nobody's calling for gun control, but I heard an interview with a student who said he wished his campus wasn't a gun free zone so he could have defended himself and others.


In fact, just about the only place in Texas you could likely carry out a successful knife attack is in a gun free zone like a school.

What do police officers think about gun control?

You should give the site traffic for this unique effort to understand the opinions of law enforcement in a statistically significant way.  I'll quote a bit, then go look at all the responses.

PoliceOne's Gun Control Survey: 11 key lessons from officers' perspectives
Never before has such a comprehensive survey of law enforcement officers’ opinions on gun control, gun violence, and gun rights been conducted

More than 15,000 verified law enforcement professionals took part in the survey, which aimed to bring together the thoughts and opinions of the only professional group devoted to limiting and defeating gun violence as part of their sworn responsibility.

Totaling just shy of 30 questions, the survey allowed officers across the United States to share their perspectives on issues spanning from gun control and gun violence to gun rights.

Top Line Takeaways
Breaking down the results, it's important to note that 70 percent of respondents are field-level law enforcers — those who are face-to-face in the fight against violent crime on a daily basis — not office-bound, non-sworn administrators or perpetually-campaigning

Answers you'll find here are:

1.) Virtually all respondents (95 percent) say that a federal ban on manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds would not reduce violent crime.

2.) The majority of respondents — 71 percent — say a federal ban on the manufacture and sale of some semi-automatics would have no effect on reducing violent crime. However, more than 20 percent say any ban would actually have a negative effect on reducing violent crime.

3.) About 85 percent of officers say the passage of the White House’s currently proposed legislation would have a zero or negative effect on their safety...

4.) Seventy percent of respondents say they have a favorable or very favorable opinion of some law enforcement leaders’ public statements that they would not enforce more restrictive gun laws in their jurisdictions. Similarly, more than 61 percent said they would refuse to enforce such laws if they themselves were Chief or Sheriff.

5.) More than 28 percent of officers say having more permissive concealed carry policies for civilians would help most in preventing large scale shootings in public, followed by more aggressive institutionalization for mentally ill persons (about 19 percent)...

6.) The overwhelming majority (almost 90 percent) of officers believe that casualties would be decreased if armed citizens were present at the onset of an active-shooter incident.
Go see the rest!  The article is linked above or here.

A quick note on number 5 is that most jurisdictions now do have very permissive concealed carry policies.  Only a few states and cities, like California, Chicago and DC lag behind the national trend that has been shown to at the very least do no harm, but very likely make people safer.

Why do active police officers' opinions matter?  They're the ones who see how policy works or doesn't work on the streets every day.  They can tell what responses stop crime.  They're most familiar with investigations of things like mass casualty shootings.  In short, they're in position to answer these questions most knowledgeably. 

More Media Bias

I've commented on media bias before, but Dan Gainor really nailed it with this article:

Associated Press bias obvious even in Thatcher, Chavez obituaries

The Left again demonstrates they're fine with hate

They just want to make sure you hate people who think differently than they do.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Freedom or Security

Following Margaret Thatcher's passing, quite a few of her quotations have been presented in the media.  One appears to be of her quoting Edward Gibbon and was so striking, I wanted to share it:

"In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again."  (Edward Gibbon, Epitaph for the People of Ancient Athens)

When Benjamin Franklin said, "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety," he certainly must have based that belief on a study of human history.  It isn't even that such a people don't deserve liberty or safety, but that it will be taken from them by people who love power and are willing to dictate so that others are completely free from responsibility even when they reawaken to their awful, enslaved state and desire their freedom back.

The 2nd Amendment is even more effective than security cameras

Oroville police assisted by armed citizens in two separate arrests in one night
OROVILLE [CA] -- Oroville police reported making eight arrests Friday night and Saturday morning, two with the assistance of citizens who held suspects at gunpoint. The first of those two cases started at 8:12 p.m. Friday in the area of Washington Avenue and Yard Street, when officers tried to pull over a vehicle for an equipment violation.
The driver of the vehicle failed to yield, and after a chase of about a mile, he abandoned the car and took off running.

But when he entered the backyard of a home in the 2200 block of Park Avenue, the resident confronted him with a handgun and held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

 For the second story, please visit the Chicoer article.  In both cases, crimes in progress were stopped and police assisted by lawful armed citizens with the simple presentation of a firearm.  No shots were fired, no one was hurt and no property was stolen.  That's the way society is supposed to work.  Police and citizens are partners in maintaining order and stopping crime. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

We don't need more money for education

We should probably just send some researchers to Finland to see how they're spending so much less per child with such fantastic results.

The graphic in the above link is excellent and well worth a look.

My kids really do belong to me

If you wonder where this philosophy comes from, Karl Marx believed children should be raised by the State for the benefit of the State.


This is naked communism.

No, really. Open borders are fine.

MCSO: Mother killed after she denies man romantic access to underage daughter
AGUILA, Ariz. -- Maricopa County Sheriff's detectives are investigating a murder that happened late Monday night near Powell and 2nd Street.

Authorities say an argument ensued after the suspect, 25-year-old Jose Zarate, went to 31-year-old Maria Saucedo's home around 9:30 p.m.

When the two began fighting about Zarate wanting to have a romantic relationship with Saucedo's 13-year-old daughter, he pulled out a rifle and shot her in the chest at close range -- in the presence of the teen.
 Hey, did you know that it's illegal for an illegal alien not only to be in the country but to have a firearm?  Maybe if we make it more illegal, this won't happen anymore.  Alternatively, we could try enforcing the law.

CCW Holder stops an armed robbery

A father who was trying to eat with his family at Burger King was able to defeat an armed robber by pulling his own weapon and shooting at him, Miami police said.

Story from the Washington Times.

Why is that better than waiting for police?  The two robbers had committed a robbery earlier in the day and the police hadn't caught them.  A gunshot wound must be treated, and hospitals must report them.  So, the bad guy gets dead or caught.  Either way is a win for society.  Thanks, CCW holders!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Armed Citizen

Panicked residents reported a man running through their yards as police chased a county jail escapee through several neighborhoods in Manteca, Calif. That is, until the suspect jumped a fence and entered the yard of a citizen armed with more than a telephone. The citizen -- NRA member Richard Soares -- heard his dog barking and retrieved a firearm to investigate. He encountered the suspect, who claimed to be jumping fences for a school project. Soares ordered the suspect to the ground where he was apprehended without further incident. (Manteca Bulletin, Manteca, Calif., 06/11/2007)

According to authorities, a home-owner in a gated community was awakened by noises and, to his horror, found an intruder choking his wife. The homeowner quickly ran for his gun and returned to discover two additional intruders. The men, at least one of them armed with a gun, held the homeowner's wife hostage and demanded cash and jewelry. Fearing his wife would be killed, the homeowner opened fire and at least one of the intruders shot back. The suspects fled. Two were sought by police; one died in the backyard. (The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas, Nev., 08/15/2007)

Nathaniel Evans was leaving for work when two men confronted him with a gun and ordered him back inside. The men threatened Evans and another occupant, Evans' girlfriend. "[The suspects] kept yelling `Where is it?'" said Sheriff Greg Champagne. "When they couldn't find what they were looking for, they shot [Evans]." That's when Evans' girlfriend, who'd been ordered into a bedroom and forced to the floor with her 5-year-old child, came out firing a .40-cal. pistol. One suspect died at the scene. The other was found nearby and will be charged after his release from the hospital. Evans is expected to recover. (The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., 08/23/2007)

Edward Franklin was unloading his vehicle when a young man accosted him with a gun and demanded money. Franklin instinctively knocked the gun's muzzle away and ran into his house, where he retrieved a firearm. Franklin's assailant followed him inside. "He told [Franklin] he wasn't afraid to die," Columbus, Ga., Police Lt. Mark D. Starling said. "He pointed his weapon at ML. Franklin, at which point Mr. Franklin shot him." The suspect will face charges after his release from the hospital. (The Ledger-Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., 08/24/2007)

Having had his home burglarized three times in a week, 85-year-old Alton Tillman was tired of being victimized. So, the next morning he left home at his normal time, but quietly returned. Once inside, he found signs of a burglary in progress. Even more disturbing, according to police, two feet were sticking out from below his bed. Tillman ordered the intruder to come out and called 9-1-1. He kept a handgun trained on the burglar until police arrived. Several of Tillman's missing items were found at the suspect's home a block away. (The Associated Press (NM), 08/10/2007)

A concealed-carry permit holder left a restaurant and stopped for a red light. According to police, that's when an attempted carjacker stuck a knife through the window and demanded the car. "The victim pulled out his handgun and he last saw the suspect running;" said Warren police detective Sgt. Michael Torey. (The Macomb Daily, Mount Clemens, Mich., 08/21/2007)

"Check this out, fool!" announced a masked intruder as he burst through the door of Allen Van Arsdale's antique shop. But police say Van Arsdale, a 46-year-old rock collector, was not about to comply. He dropped to a knee, drew a .45 Colt revolver and fired a shot, missing the bandit by inches but causing him to flee. "Whatever drugs he's doing altered his brain chemistry and he did something he probably didn't want to do," Van Arsdale said. "When somebody points a gun at me, it alters my brain chemistry and makes me do things I don't normally do." (The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, 08/08/2007)

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?