The case for carrying a handgun is made in headlines around the country every single day. Circumstances are as varied as the different locales; the incident could occur when we’re at work just as easily as when we’re sitting at a traffic light. However, the most common location for defending yourself against a lethal threat is your own living room . . .
This week’s defensive gun use rundown includes several accounts of homeowners defending their homes and families. Sometimes the shots hit their mark, like this Edmond, Oklahoma case of an estranged husband gunned down after entering the home of his soon-to-be-ex-wife. Other times, popping off a few rounds tells the intruder you mean business.
When Mom and Dad head out for a camping trip and leave their teenage son in charge, it’s usually a benign responsibility. Their biggest worries, I’d hazard a guess, are drinking and parties, not life and death. In Patterson, California, though, a 19-year-old shot and killed an intruder while keeping an eye on the family home. Police have charged another man who allegedly provided information to the now room-temperature burglar. A very well-prepared Indianapolis homeowner successfully defended himself when a burglary suspect burst into his home. The criminal was hoofing it from Indy police and clearly picked the wrong house for cover.
But not all home DGUs end with a mess to clean up. A woman in Gaffney, South Carolina discovered it only took one shot to scare off a home invader. When an unknown man kicked in her front door, she grabbed her baby and hid in the bedroom. A single shot sent the guy running.
Whether you live in Ohio, Texas or even Arizona, there are incidents every week where local folk defended themselves in life-threatening situations. They were prepared, and not just while at home. While on the job, a New Jersey pharmacist shot at a robber and chased him from his store.
There’s really no way to know when you’ll need your gun. That’s why concealed carry is so often compared to insurance. When a night out at the corner bar can turn into a potential mass shooting, it’s best to be self-insured. To the hilt.