A very interesting – if not obvious – statistic came bubbling up while perusing this week’s DGUs. Areas with restrictive gun ownership laws have fewer defensive gun use incidents. Imagine that. We just had our first DGU from our nation’s capital, for instance. Ironically, the only way our victim was able to acquire a gun was to wrestle it away from their attacker. In over 170 articles reviewed, there’s only one DGU from NYC, the aforementioned DC incident, and one from Chicago. Oh, and nothing from Boston. So, where do you find citizens taking back the streets from violent criminals? . . .
Detroit, Michigan takes the honor, with five incidents reported in the last two weeks.
The Motor City serves-up the two ingredients necessary for a successful DGU. First, there’s crime. A lot of it. Detroit ranks #2 in violent crime, behind Chicago (based on the CPD’s numbers, there are about 40 percent more murders in Chicago than Detroit).
Second, Michigan allows its citizens to carry guns for self-defense without too much hindrance. Much of the crime you read about in Detroit is of the “desperation” type: carjackings, poorly-planned robberies, quick grabs for something valuable.
How did Detroit’s thugs do against armed victims? Not so well. Trying to steal a cell phone? You’re gonna die.. Figure an old guy sitting in his car is an easy target? Yep. Dead. Rob a guy at a gas station? Hope your Thieves Union has major medical. As these three stories show, being a criminal in Detroit can lead to an early retirement.
It’s no different in Texas, either. Guns are just as much a part of the Texas landscape as cattle. So, it’s no surprise that Texans take their self-defense seriously, whether they live in Beaumont or Laredo, as last week’s stories show.
Not all instances of defensive gun use are related to some thug trying to steal your stuff. A good number of incidents are of the domestic variety, namely dealing with your new mate’s old baggage. A man was shot dead in Maryland by a single .22LR to the chest, after entering his ex-wife’s home – where she lived with her new husband and four kids – using a spare key. [Video above.]
“Under Maryland law, you have an absolute right to defense yourself in your house under those circumstances,” said the state’s attorney, noting that the dead ex had left several threatening messages.
The bottom line is always the same: get a carry piece if you don’t have one, carry it with you if/when you do. [ED: and lobby for the right to carry if it's denied.] Appearing in TTAG DGU section (as a good guy) would be traumatic on lots of levels. Being featured in our It Should Have Been a DGU category would be far worse.