Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Armed Citizen

College student Christopher Boise heard knocking sounds coming from the first floor of his home. When he walked toward the source of the noise, he was confronted by two strange men in his apartment. One of the men was pointing a handgun straight at Boise. When Boise cried out, it was heard by his roommate, Raymond, who instinctively grabbed his legally owned AR-15 and readied it. It was just moments before one of the intruders made it to Raymond's door. Upon seeing Raymond's rifle, both men fled the apartment. Nothing was taken and no shots were fired. After the incident Boise said, "I'm happy he saved my life. I was very thankful he had his gun." (13wham, Rochester, NY, 1/23/13)

Debi Keeney, 55, was at home with her sister, Donna Carlyle, 47, when she stepped outside to smoke a cigarette. As she closed the door behind her, a man approached and pushed his way inside the apartment. The man threw Keeney to the floor and put Carlyle in a choke hold. He demanded money as Carlyle gasped for air. Keeney was quickly able to get to a .22-cal. derringer she kept hidden in a side-table drawer. She warned the man to release her sister or she would shoot. When he continued to demand money, Keeney fired. The 33-year-old intruder was later taken to a local hospital to be treated for two gunshot wounds and was listed in critical condition. (St. Louis Post­-Dispatch, Highland, MO, 2/11/13)

Ernest Robinson, an assistant high school basketball coach, was escorting two of his female team members from the building one evening when they were approached by two teenage boys. One of the teenagers wielded a gun. The gunman ordered the girls to leave as the other teen yanked at the chain Robinson wore around his neck. Robinson quickly pulled out his concealed pistol and fired at both assailants, killing one and wounding the other. The surviving perpetrator is now being charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of assault with intent to rob while armed. (The Detroit News, Detroit, MI, 2/15/13)

Three masked men entered Plaza Jewelers one afternoon, one carrying a gun while the other two wielded hammers. Store owner Alfonso Angela spotted the men through the store window and grabbed the gun he kept hidden behind the counter. The two men with hammers, one carrying a bag, were approaching the glass cases of jewelry when Angela cocked the hammer of his gun. Within seconds, the men were making a hasty exit. Police were called and two male suspects were later taken into custody. (San Jose Mercury News, Fair Oaks, CA, 1/21/13)

A 34-year-old man entered a bank carrying a handgun that was later determined to be a realistic plastic replica. He pulled a black mask over his face and demanded money from a teller. His robbery attempt, however, was thwarted by another bank employee's very real Smith & Wesson .357 revolver. The employee, a legal concealed carry permit holder, fired his weapon after realizing the man robbing the bank was armed.  The robber fled the scene leading police on a high-speed car chase. The suspect was soon caught and hospitalized for a gunshot wound to the jaw. He was later charged with attempted bank robbery and leading police on a high-speed chase. There were reportedly no other injuries. (The Blaze, Trimble, MO, 3/4/13)

It was before dawn when Christine Lewis entered her bathroom and spotted the silhouette of a man outside the window. The man had torn off the window screen and was attempting to break in. Christine's husband, John Lewis, heard the commotion from the bedroom and retrieved his .38 Smith & Wesson revolver. The man outside had failed to force open the window and was now lurking outside their home. Lewis walked out his front door and confronted the man. The man started to approach Lewis despite repeated warnings. The two remained in a standoff until deputies arrived and took the man into custody. He was jailed on multiple charges. "I own a gun for reasons like this. I want to protect myself." Lewis said. "The way I see it, your home is sacred ground, and you have the right to protect it." (Mail Tribune, White City, OR, 1/26/13)

Kelby Smith, 34, pulled into his brother's driveway and was carrying his 2-month-old son in a car seat when a man with a pistol approached them and demanded money. Smith knelt in front of his son to shield him as the robber held the gun to Smith's head. As Smith handed over a small amount of cash, he pulled his own gun from its holster. Upon seeing the firearm, the robber fled, but turned and pointed his gun back at Smith, who fired his gun. The man was later identified as he entered a hospital seeking treatment for a gunshot wound. (The Plain Dealer, Columbus, OH, 1/15/13)

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, 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)

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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?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

U.N. climate panel corrects carbon numbers in influential report

Here's the story from NBC news:  U.N. climate panel corrects carbon numbers in influential report

They even put up some anticipatory defense:
"Climate change 'sceptics' will no doubt desperately seize on these corrections and falsely allege that it undermines the whole report, but the public and policy-makers should not be fooled by such claims," [Bob Ward, of the London School of Economics] said...
First, why is skeptics in quotation marks?   All scientists are supposed to be skeptics.  Skepticism is a real, important and legitimate part of science.

We've posted plenty in the past on this blog about the problems with the anthropogenic theory of global warming, which they're now calling climate change because the warming part isn't panning out.  So, let me not attack the tripe, er, inaccuracies of the IPCC's report and go after the science instead.

Any scientist will tell you science isn't done by consensus.  If it were, then racial superiority of whites would be scientific fact and eugenics programs going strong, because the scientific consensus in the early 1900s said that was truth.

Science is based on repeatable results.  Does your theory accurately model what happens in the real world?  If you've designed an experiment, are your results repeatable?  If the answer is yes, your theory is one we'll use until we come up with something more accurate.

The theory that global climate change is driven by human activity has a couple of glaring scientific flaws.  It consistently does not accurately model what's happening in the real world, which is huge.  It's not that the errors are minor and the theory needs some adjusting to the mathematical models.  The climate doesn't behave at all like they predict it should.  That means the theory has real, structural problems.  Normally, without the support of a fanatical movement of true believers and a political mandate, that would be sufficient to scrap a theory.  The second problem is that the data the theory is based on is bad information collected improperly.  Again, that should be enough to scrap the theory and try again.

Many politicians and scientists have a lot of reputation and money riding on this theory being correct.  Combined with a fanatical following raised from childhood to be true believers, this theory won't die even though the science is demonstrably bad.  Normally we'd call this junk science.  All the backing this theory gets is standing in the way of doing real science and figuring out what's really going on and what we can actually do, if anything to achieve a more desirable outcome.

One truth about climate is whether human-driven or not, it always changes.  Climate change is not a problem, it's a constant part of Earth's history. 

It's time to drop the hysterics and do real science.  We do need to be good stewards of our planet, and at this point the IPCC and anthropogenic theory of global warming are just getting in the way by absorbing resources (scientific, political and financial) that could be applied to understanding and solving real problems.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Armed Citizen

An 80-year-old Korean War veteran, his wife and great-grandson were asleep when a con­victed felon with a 13-page rap sheet allegedly smashed a basement window and entered their home. Hearing the commotion, the veteran got his handgun. Police said the suspect drew a gun and fired two shots. The veteran fired a single round, killing him. Here's where it got even more interesting: The veteran is a resident of Chicago, which has a decades-old handgun ban whose fate was at press time about to be ruled upon by the U.S. Supreme Court. Police declined to press charges against the veteran even though he may have violated the ban. One has to wonder, would anti-gun zealots favor prosecuting this war veteran for breaking one of their so-called "common sense" laws even though his actions saved innocent lives? "How are we going to protect our homes without guns?" said the vet's son. "That gun law should be abolished." (Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL, 05/27/2010)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Defying Gun Control works well in Mexico

This comes from an Associated Press article.  The Washington Post has printed it as Vigilante ranchers, fruit growers kick out brutal drug cartel in western Mexican state.

Local ranchers have formed self-defense groups to drive out the cartel in their area.
Eight months after locals formed self-defense groups, they say they are free of the cartel in six municipalities of the Tierra Caliente, or “Hot Land,” which earned its moniker for the scorching weather but whose name has also come to signify criminal activity. What’s more, the self-defense group leaders, who are clearly breaking Mexican law by picking up military-style arms to fight criminals, say the federal government is no longer arresting them, but recruiting them to help federal forces identify cartel members.
The Mexican government might consider rethinking their silly gun control laws since it turns out guns in the hands of (otherwise) lawful citizens help fight crime.  They couldn't clear out the cartel with just military forces, but in offering the local self-defense groups their support, they've successfully driven out the cartel.

This once again demonstrates that guns are not a problem (as though Switzerland hasn't proven that point already), criminals are the problem.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hey, not the dog!



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I won't vote for Chris Christie

I'm a small government kind of guy.  That's really because I believe in maximizing human freedom, and small governments usually don't have enough power to take away your freedom.  Small governments usually don't execute millions of their citizens.  Less dramatically, small governments usually don't have time to or interest in trying to regulate every nuance of human behavior. 

Under Presidents Bush and Obama, I've seen just about everything I care about set back or eliminated.  Government power has increased enormously and the government has been wildly irresponsible fiscally, selling my child and the children of my friends and family into debt slavery probably for generations.  I think our nation is irrevocably socialist now, and not in a relatively responsible way like Canada's version.

There's one thing that despite a great desire to do, President Obama wasn't able to push through and that was even more gun control.  Obama (so far) just hasn't been able to make it happen.  Maybe people realize gun control really doesn't do any good.  Switzerland, the only other diverse democratic country that's very comparable to the U.S., mandates that every eligible male serve in their military and keep a fully automatic assault rifle in their home during their life.  They have nearly no gun homicides.  Gun crime and mass casualty events really aren't about the tool used (as demonstrated by mass knife casualty events in China), so taking away rights of self-defense won't solve the problem. 

What President Obama hasn't been able to do, a President Chris Christie probably could do, and very likely would do.  He'd sign any law damaging self-defense rights that congress put on his desk and call it "sensible gun safety legislation."

I've never been a one issue voter, but the 2nd amendment kind of feels like the only one I have left.  I'm not voting for a guy who's perfectly comfortable infringing on it.

For those who think Christie is a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment, that's a recent development based on political convenience.  From this (linked) article:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has had such a remarkable change of heart on the Second Amendment over in the past six months that he actually vetoed part of his own gun-control agenda. The governor enraged anti-gun groups when he rejected three of the Democrat-controlled Legislature’s radical bills on Friday night.

Mr. Christie, who is running for re-election this year, used a conditional veto to rewrite the most extreme bills that came out of the Legislature this year. The key controversial one would have identified gun owners on a “smart card” such as a driver’s license. There was also a training requirement just to own a firearm and a ban on private exchanges.

The governor also vetoed a bill to ban .50-caliber firearms, which are never used in crimes, even though he called for this same measure earlier this year. The Legislature can accept the rewritten bills, find a two-thirds majority to override or the full veto stands, which is most likely.

“The NRA isn’t in the business of divining motives,” the National Rifle Association’s Andrew Arulanandam told me Monday. “We are pleased that he vetoed a number of bad legislative proposals last week. However, we are disappointed that he signed some bad bills into law prior.”

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?