Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Armed Citizen

For every mass shooting and misuse of a firearm you hear about on the news, there are multiple incidents of lawfully armed citizens presenting and sometimes using a firearm to protect themselves and others.  Here are a few of those stories to help balance negative media coverage.

Two robbery suspects thought a pawn shop run by a 74-year-old woman would be an easy target, but Shirley Cornett proved them wrong. Two men walked into a Springdale, Ark., store in early December, pulled out handguns and started stealing property. As one of the troublemakers jumped the counter toward her husband, Cornett pulled out a .38-cal. revolver and shot the man in the arm. He fired back, and the bullet ricocheted off a pile of books and hit Cornett, but didn't break her skin. The suspects fled to a hospital in Fort Smith, about 65 miles away, where police found the wounded man and later nabbed his alleged partner in crime after a foot chase near the parking lot. Charges are pending against the men. Police reviewed surveillance video and said Cornett acted in self-defense. (5newsonline.com, Fort Smith, Ark., 12/7/14)

A 14-year-old boy, Anthony Hernandez, protected his grandparents by shooting and killing a burglar who was breaking into the family's Charlotte, N.C., home by climbing through a window. "My grandson told him to stop and get out of here, and he didn't so my grandson shot him," Anne Marie Wyant said during a 911 call. An accomplice has been arrested and charged, and police said the shooting was justified. The Wyants made a commitment to teach their grandchildren about self-defense six years ago, after Anthony's father was shot to death while working at the auto shop he owned. "[Anthony is] his grandmother's hero," Wyant said. "If I was by myself, God knows what they [the intruder and his cohort] would have done to me." (The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, N.C., 12/18/14)

In Baton Rouge, La., a resident shot and killed a man during the daylight break-in of his home in early December. The intruder was shot while he was ransacking one of the bedrooms in a house in the Broadmoor neighborhood, a subdivision where residents don't take to crime. "This is not really a neighborhood to mess with," said Pete Dawson, who lives in the area. (The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La., 12/6/14)

Two Palmer, Alaska, burglary suspects who shot one resident of the home they were invading got what was coming to them when the apartment dweller, despite suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, fired back and injured both of the trespassers. Medics treated the 26-year-old resident and he was initially listed in serious condition after being taken to a hospital. Meanwhile, two men suffering from gunshot wounds sought medical help at a regional emergency room. They were admitted and listed in critical condition, and police are investigating whether they are linked to the burglary. (Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage, Alaska, 12/3/14)

Cell phones, a home security system and a gun were used to allow a California homeowner to thwart a home invasion. A 53-year-old Antioch resident, whose name was not released, was working in his home office one day in December. His wife, who had left the home, received an electronic alert from the couple's home security system provider saying that the system had been breached. She then called her husband, who grabbed his gun and went downstairs to investigate. The homeowner found two intruders pawing through his belongings and, fearing for his life, fired several shots, hitting one of the suspects. A few minutes later, two people arrived at the Sutter Delta Medical Center seeking treatment for a man who had gunshot wounds. Police arrested the man and his 19-year-old female companion. No details regarding what charges would be filed against the suspects were available. (San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, Calif., 12/12/14)

Bobby Shaw, a 77-year-old Tyler, Texas, homeowner shot and killed a burglar who allegedly invaded Shaw's home. Shaw, who was in his bedroom, heard glass breaking late one December night. He grabbed a shotgun and went to investigate. Shaw spotted an intruder wielding a large tool. When the man charged, Shaw shot him. (Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tyler, Texas, 12/10/2014)

An armed robbery suspect got a surprise when the man he was robbing pulled out a gun instead of his wallet. The attempted theft occurred in Delray Beach, Fla., in early December. The man who was accosted pointed his gun at the suspect and told him to get on the ground. The suspect originally complied, but he later ran away-leaving behind his .38-cal. revolver-when the armed citizen was distracted. Police have made an arrest, and the man faces robbery and aggravated assault charges. (Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach, Fla., 12/15/14)


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?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Armed Citizen

Firearms are used defensively every day in the United States of America.  Often, the simple presentation of a firearm will diffuse a situation that otherwise would escalate into the harm of a lawful citizen.  Here are a few of those stories.

Mabel Fletcher, 64, was sleeping when her dog woke her with a forewarning bark, She scrambled in the dark for the 9 mm handgun that she keeps in the nightstand next to her bed. As Fletcher retrieved her firearm, a woman she did not know came into her bedroom. The woman advanced threateningly, so Fletcher fired. The woman continued to act erratically and throw things at Fletcher, including an ironing board. Fletcher described the inci­dent, "She was wild. I didn't want to shoot her, but I didn't want to get hurt. I told her to stop, but she kept coming at me." Fletcher fired a second time, but the woman lunged at her once again. Fletcher fired a third and final time, causing the intruder to flee through a window. The intruder was later arrested and is facing charges including aggravated burglary, drug abuse, possession of drug abuse instruments and criminal trespass. (The Enquirer, Middletown, OH, 9/5/13)

A masked man entered the Holiday Grocery Convenience Store around 9 p.m. brandishing a handgun covered by a bag. He pointed the gun at the woman behind the counter and said, "Give me all your money or you're going to die." The terrified store clerk opened the cash register as she was told. The burglar climbed over the counter to grab the cash, but was interrupted when the store owner came from the back room with his own firearm. The suspect was shot once in the chest, He ran out the front door leaving a trail of cash as he went. Officers arrived . shortly thereafter. The burglar was found a short distance away and was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for his gunshot wound. Sgt. Rob Troxler lauded the store owner's actions saying, "The clerk was protecting his business and defend­ing his store employee." (News4Jax.com, Jacksonville, FL,9/22/13)

Robert Jones, 77, heard glass shatter when a man threw a chair through a picture window in Jones' home just before 2 a.m. Jones retrieved a firearm he kept in his home and confronted the man. Jones warned the intruder that he had a gun and that he would shoot, but the suspect report­edly continued toward him. Jones then fired a single shot into the intruders torso. Jones called 911 and police arrived shortly thereafter. The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound and it was determined that he was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the break-in. He now faces multiple charges including a felony charge of burglary. (Missoulian, Missoula, MT, 9/24/13)

Byron Park, 54, a Domino's Pizza employee, was making a delivery to a hotel just before midnight. As he returned to his vehicle, he was confronted by a 34-year-old man wield­ing a knife and demanding money. Park responded by pulling out his concealed handgun and firing once. The robber sustained a fatal wound to the torso. Maj. Tod Goodyear said of the incident, "[Park) was protecting his life. The guy had a deadly weapon and was going to kill him if he didn't give his money up." (Florida Today, Melbourne, FL, 8/25/13)

When a woman, her son and her son's girlfriend made arrange­ments to meet with the pro­spective buyer of their smart phone, they never expected it to transpire the way it did. After making arrangements online, they arrived at the QuikTrip convenience store where the meet-up was to take place. The woman waited in the car for the buyer to show up while her son and his girlfriend entered the store. Three men showed up, one of whom jumped into the woman's vehicle with a gun. He demanded money and the phone. The woman's son then exited the store and saw the robbery taking place. When he saw that one of the robbers had a gun, he pulled out his own handgun and fired causing them to flee. All three men were later caught by police. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jonesboro, GA, 7/2/13)

After an elderly woman moved into a nursing home, her 18-year-old grandson began staying at her house. He was home alone early one morning when he was awakened by a noise coming from a back room of the home. He grabbed a shotgun from under the sofa he was sleeping on and went to investigate. He spotted what looked like the light from a flashlight coming from behind a curtain covering a glass door. As the teen moved forward, the back door was kicked in and he was confronted by two burglars. The teenager fired several shots. One suspect fell to the ground with a fatal gunshot wound, while the other fled the scene. He was later found at a nearby hospital being treated for gunshot wounds. It was last reported that he was in critical condition. The teen staying at his grand­mother's home was not injured. (Houston Chronicle, Baytown, TX, 8/29/13)


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?