Friday, November 18, 2016

The Armed Citizen, special edition

Gun-Toting Granny Foils Armed Robbery
Three suspected criminals are in police custody after an armed Georgia grandmother foiled their attempt to rob her home on Friday.

Elaine Stiehl, 78, was settling in to take an afternoon nap when she heard a noise inside her Coweta County home. She grabbed and loaded her gun and went to investigate. Once she opened her bedroom door, she saw two men standing in her hallway.

The men, joined by a getaway driver, were in the process of stealing fur coats and power tools from Stiehl’s home when she interrupted them. After seeing Stiehl’s gun, the men took off for the door.

“I don’t know why they selected that house, but they picked the wrong one,” Colonel James Yarbrough of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office told Fox5.

The robbers did not get far, though. Police were able to stop their car a short time later.

“Neighbors were able to give us a description of the vehicle. We pulled it over and took the subjects into custody,” Yarbrough said.

Police said they found a number of firearms in the robbers’ car in addition to the fur coats and power tools. The suspects are being charged with burglary and weapons violations. (, 11/17/2016)

Pizza shop customer shoots 2 robbers, killing 1
A pizza shop customer shot and killed one robber and injured another after they tried to hold up the restaurant Tuesday night, Pennsylvania officials said.

The incident took place at Porfirio's Pizza and Pasta in Levittown, about 25 miles northeast of Philadelphia.

Police said the customer shot both men after they allegedly pistol-whipped him.

“The two male robbers apparently told the employees and the customer to get on the ground. They began pistol-whipping the customer. At that point, the customer produced a handgun and shot both of the robbers,” Middletown police Chief Joseph Bartorilla said.

One of the robbery suspects was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot in the chest. The second was in serious condition after suffering injuries in the neck and shoulder. The robber was being transferred to a hospital in Philadelphia, according to Levittown Now.  (, 11/16/2016)

[Note:  It isn't clear whether the customer had a proper permit to carry, which is a shame.  Be sure to have a CCW if you're going to carry and it's required in your state, or you may end up charged with a crime despite saving others.]

Civilian shoots, kills man attacking deputy in Florida
This is a nightmare scenario for an officer of the law.  While helping with a normal traffic stop, an officer was nearly hit by a passing motorist.  Believing the near miss to be intentional, he got in his cruiser and pursued.  When the suspect finally stopped, he charged the officer before the officer was able to get clear of his vehicle.  The suspect knocked the officer down, and began beating him as the officer struggled to defend himself and maintain control of his weapon.

While several passersby stopped to watch, but none helped until a CCW holder stopped at the scene.  “The passerby, who had a Concealed Weapons License, exited his vehicle and instructed the suspect to stop beating the deputy…after noncompliance from the suspect, the passerby shot the suspect three times,”  sources said.

This is how it's supposed to work.  Though he didn't seek it, the CCW holder ended up with a free gun from a local gun shop for his heroics. 

“I thank my good friends at ‘Shoot Straight’ who realized that the hero’s gun was taken as evidence and immediately gave him a brand new firearm,” Sheriff Mike Scott wrote. “Above all, I thank the hero that recognized the imminent threat, rushed to Deputy Bardes’ aid, and ultimately stopped that threat."  (, 11/2016)

Want even more stories?
Breitbart is providing 2nd Amendment stories.
The Blaze is providing 2nd Amendment stories.
Visit The Armed Citizen blog for older stories (the blog seems abandoned).

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
A great personal account:  My Transformation From Anti-Gun Feminist To Armed Feminist
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

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.

CCW Holders are an especially lawful group.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

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