Defensive Guns

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I have found some examples and, over the next while, I am going to keep my eyes open for more examples of guns used in a defensive manner. My hope is that, by showing these, you or someone else will understand that guns are not the terrible tool that the media has made it out to be. I encourage you to read the examples in their entirety and not just skip them assuming they have no relation to you. I personally have been involved with people who have approached my car because they're angry at me, and had a trucker wave a bat out his window at me because I was doing the speed limit. Nobody is above this happening to them and I continue to wonder why the government won't allow us to properly defend ourselves.

The first example, dated August 9, 2008, is from the Island Packet Online website:

Slow driving led to a confrontation between a 22-year-old Citadel student and an unidentified man involving a baseball bat and a pistol on Hilton Head Island on Thursday afternoon, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office incident report.

The student, who was lost, had been driving slowly on Beach City Road looking for a doctor's office when he pulled into a parking lot to look at a map, according to the report.

A man driving a Porsche pulled in behind him and approached him carrying a baseball bat. The man was yelling about the student's driving.

The student pulled a Glock 23 pistol from his glove box and got out of his car, the report stated.

The man with the bat put his hands up, returned to the Porsche and drove away.

The student called the sheriff's office from his parents' Hilton Head home. He was not charged in the incident.

What would have happened, had the student not been allowed to carry his Glock 23? There's a good chance that the standoff would have escalated out of control and an even better chance that that student would have ended up in a hospital or worse. The gun in this case, proved to be a great deterrent and provided the student with an equalizer that allowed him to escape without injury.

Ok, this next example was printed on August 2, 2008, in the LA Times. The only reason it was printed by a major media outlet, is likely because it involves a fatal shot. If the news includes a dead body, it's much more likely that the media will print it. The LA Times prints:

A man fatally shot one of three armed intruders who broke into his Woodland Hills home Friday in an apparent home invasion robbery, police said.

The dead intruder, a man in his 20s whose name has not been released, was found with a handgun, said Officer Jason Lee, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

The other two suspects remain at large. Officers detained one man, but later let him go after concluding that he had no role in the incident, Lee said.

The shooting occurred about 2:45 p.m. in the 24300 block of Burbank Boulevard when the three men allegedly kicked in the door.

In the house at the time were an elderly couple and their two grown sons. Police did not release information about who fired the fatal shot or how many might have been involved in the gunplay.

It doesn't say in there who owned the gun that fired the fatal shot, but again, the gun likely saved this family's life. A taser, pepper spray, or knife would not have defended them in this situation against 3 armed intruders. They would have likely been dead had they attempted any of those defense items. Our Canadian government doesn't allow any of those, especially not a gun. The only legal response would have been pacifism. I, personally, want the ability to defend myself, not the ability to stand around hoping I don't get killed.

In, yet another, defensive use of a handgun, the Ocala, FL Star Banner, on July 10, 2008, reports:

... Sheriff's Detective Art King, in his report, gave the following account of the crime:

Shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, 29-year-old Jennifer Ann Hunley; her 27-year-old boyfriend, Michael Joseph Nash; and Hunley's 11-year-old daughter were inside their home when two men entered through the garage door. Nash, who was coming out of a bathroom at the time, saw one of the intruders holding a nail gun near the television set in the living room.

The man demanded money. At the same time Nash saw that the second suspect, armed with a handgun, was also in the living room. The one with the nail gun hit Nash on the head, and when he fell down both men began beating him.

Hunley came into the living room, saw what was happening, returned to her bedroom for a .357-caliber handgun and fired a warning shot into the ceiling.

The intruder with the nail gun ran outside, while the other one ran into a nearby bedroom. He then pointed his weapon, believed to be a small-caliber handgun, and fired at least one shot at Hunley.

Then Hunley, who is 5-foot-3, emptied her handgun, firing four shots at the intruder. The gunman ran out the front door. Neither Hunley nor her daughter were hurt during the exchange of gunfire. ....

With the suspects armed with a handgun and a nailgun; pepper spray or a taser would have been useless in this situation. The woman even fired a warning shot into the safest direction, which is completely unnecessary by state law. She was, however, able to defend herself and her family. Even with 5 or 6 shots being fired, nobody else in the neighborhood was injured, as has been implied by comments in some of my other articles would happen.

In Palma Ceia, FL, Tampa Bay Online reports on July 9, 2008 that:

... About 2:50 a.m. Saturday, everything gelled. Tampa police said Cash surprised a man who had tunneled under a neighbor's fence carrying a blowtorch and shimmied onto Cash's property.

Cash said he greeted the intruder with a .357 Magnum after being awakened by the family dog, a 4-year-old male Chihuahua named Odie.

"You just don't take chances," Cash said. "This guy was hell-bent on breaking into my house."

Cash's wife called 911 while Cash kept the man at bay. Cash said he fired once at the man after he did not obey Cash's commands to stay still; the bullet went into the fence.

"He said, 'Oh, I'm just trying to cut through,'" Cash said. "I fired a little to the left of him."

Cash's actions were justified, said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy. ....

If you read the whole story, you will see that he was expecting trouble after finding things out of sorts over the previous few days. Again, even though a shot was fired, no neighbors were injured. It's great, though, that this man was able to defend himself and his property. If only our own Canadian government recognized our needs for self defense. Like one of the comments below this story states:

Thank God for the castle law. We could all be living in places like England, or Chicago or DC like helpless sheep.

For your reference, castle law provides that a person need not back down or attempt to run away before protecting themselves or their property with lethal force.

In yet another defensive use of handguns, the Tennessean reports on July 4, 2008 that:

... Metro police Capt. Michele Donegan said that at approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday, two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, went inside the Sonic at 1410 Robinson Road, in Old Hickory. Several employees were at the restaurant, and numerous customers were at the tables outside and at the drive-ups. The armed suspect showed the gun. The assistant manager then pulled out a gun and fired several shots, Donegan said. The two men fled out the door without firing. Police are still looking for them.

After police arrived on the scene, they followed a blood trail leading across the parking and ending at a car wash. Police think that there was probably a third person with a car that they fled in. Police searched the wooded area behind the car wash using the canine and helicopter units to be sure.

No employees or customers were hurt.

The assistant manager has a carry permit, according to police. ....

The assistant manager, in this case, not only saved himself, but also may have saved the lives of his customers. Even after firing several shots, nobody, except the suspects, were harmed. Again, this is contrary to the comments made in my other articles as well as the view that gun control advocates would have you believe that: "Allowing concealed carry will result in bloodbaths with many innocent deaths".

The website STL Today reports another incident on July 3, 2008:

ST. LOUIS -- A Baden neighborhood homeowner shot and killed a man who struck him in the head with a pipe after the homeowner confronted the man early this morning, police said.

Police would only identify the dead man by his age: 43.

The homeowner, who also is not being identified by police, said that he heard a noise outside of his home in the 9000 block of Edna Avenue early this morning. When he went outside, he found the man, who the homeowner knew, police said.

The man then struck the homeowner in the head with a metal pipe and the homeowner ran back inside his house, police said. The man, still carrying the metal pipe, followed the homeowner into the house.

The homeowner then shot the man several times. The man ran out of the house and collapsed in the street in the 1000 block of Melvin Avenue, police said. The man died.

When police got to the man -- about 4:50 a.m. -- they found a metal bar lying next to his body, police said. ....

The homeowner was taken to a hospital where he was being treated for a head injury.

Here the man seems to have saved his life. Again, the gun was defensively used. I also note the distinct lack of innocent lives being taken, as the gun control advocates would have us believe.

Another report, this one on June 29, 2008, by WPLG Local 10 out of Miami, FL, states:

PLANTATION, Fla. -- The family of one of the men who was shot by a retired United States Marine while they attempted to rob a Subway sandwich shop said the customer shouldn't have pulled the trigger.

According to Plantation police, two armed men barged into the Subway at 1949 Pine Island Road shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday, demanding money from the employee behind the counter. When they tried to force John Lovell into the bathroom, he pulled out a gun and shot both men, police said.

Donicio Arrindell, 22, was shot in the head and later died at the hospital. Fredrick Gadson, 21, was shot in the chest and ran from the Subway, but police found him in hiding in some bushes on the property of a nearby BankAtlantic. Click here to find out more!

Lovell, 71, was the lone customer at the time. Police said he had a concealed weapons permit.

If you actually read the news story, you will notice that the grandparents of one of the armed suspects who died, condemn this man for pulling the trigger. The problem is, the suspect that died, made a decision to threaten someone's life with a weapon. What would the grandparents have done had they been the ones behind the counter? They likely would have praised the marine for saving their lives. While it's sad that it had to come down to their grandson dying, their grandson made the choice to take part in a risky activity and deserved what happened to him.

I am going to stop with that last one, for now. I'll post more later, but I just want you to take notice that all these incidents happened between June 29, 2008 and August 9, 2008. It kind of puts in perspective just how useful guns have been in the defense of innocent lives. In barely even 1 month, guns have saved the lives of dozens of people, and these are just the ones that some media outlet has bothered to report on. How many others go unreported?

As I said above, I will post further examples at a later date, but for now, I hope that these examples have shown you just what a great tool a gun can be in saving your life or the lives of others.


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