“A man shot dead during a home invasion was set to testify against someone who broke into the same house,” cfnews13.comreports. “The victims were the targets of another armed home invasion at the same home on May 9. Two gunman entered, tied them up victims, held them at gunpoint and police say inquired about drugs before taking off with electronics . . . Nolan Bernard and Bessman Okafor were arrested for the May home invasion. Okafor was out of jail and his trial was scheduled to start soon . . .
Police said the victims shot were going to testify against Okafor. Detectives are trying to determine if the two home invasions are related. ‘At this time, we don’t know but it’s a definite place to start.’
Yes, well, it’s a bit late for the dead guy. But not for you. Lesson learned: make sure you have more than one gun. Which could well be easier said than done.
If you’re involved in a defensive gun use (DGU) the cops will confiscate the firearm you used to save your life and/or the life of your loved ones. Which is somewhat understandable; your gun is evidence in a crime. But it does leave you without your gun.
Which is not a good thing—given that you just used it against/on someone who posed an imminent, credible threat to life and/or limb. You know: someone extremely dangerous. Someone who will probably not stay in jail for very long, if at all, before their trial date. If, indeed, they’re caught and the prosecutor has enough evidence and the bad guy has a record.
So you’ve won the battle. You’ve survived a lethal threat. But as far as the bad guy—and his friends-–are concerned, the war is just beginning. Whether the bad guy goes down or not, but especially if he knows he’s gonna, you are private enemy number one. Well, you and your children. How great is that?
Oh did I mention that you may have injured the perp in the course of defending yourself or your loved ones? That will piss him (or them) off and/or his peer and relatives. None of which are bound to be the kind of citizens overly concerned with the rule of law.
I also forgot to mention the fact that the cops may want ALL your guns. Every damn one of them. You being a danger to the community and all. In fact, they may well prohibit you from buying or even being near a gun; preventing a family members from sharing their weapon should the need arise.
It’s entirely possible that you and your family may be ballistically defenseless after a DGU. Hell, you may not even be there to protect your family, if the D.A. decides it’s a good idea for the “killer citizen” to cool his heels in jail for a while.
Granted, that is the worst case scenario, more common in anti-gun blue states than reality-recognizing red. Some gunnies recommend keeping an extremely well hidden gun for just such a circumstance (and the odd chance of government confiscation), but I couldn’t possibly comment.
I will say this: buy two identical versions of your favorite gun. Because that’s the one you’re good with. And it’s really important to be good with your gun when it’s really important to be good with your gun.
Of course, it’s a good idea to have two iterations of your number one gatt anyway, in case you need to send the first one away for an upgrade or repair. And you’re more likely to get a deal from your local gun store if you buy two of the same gun than one.
In any case, remember that it ain’t over until the fat lady goes to jail, and maybe not even then. And let’s update that old adage. Beware of the man with two identical guns. He may not be as gunless as you think.