Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Make Mine a Dobos Torte Edition

Mom, dad and junior are home on a Thursday night baking a cake together. An old B&W episode of Father Knows Best? Nope. Just a Houston family minding its own beeswax until, according to khou.com, they heard a knock at the door. “’I see a young boy and I think it is a friend of my son so I open it a little bit,’ the father explained. ‘These guys push and out comes two more, they push me on the ground.’” Once past the dad, the three invaders made for the mom. That’s when the the 21-year-old son headed for dad’s gun stashed in a bedroom . . .

He opened fire and hit one of the suspects, who died in the back bedroom. The other two suspects fled the scene.

“I just hear a couple of times; boom, boom, boom. One young life is lost,” the dad said.

The pair who made tracks were picked up by the local 5-0 posthaste.

“People can’t go breaking into people’s homes and not expect some sort of consequence,” said Harry Moulder.

Increasingly, unfortunately, that depends on the state in which you live.

comments

  1. avatar DonS says:

    Home carry.

    1. avatar John F says:

      Sure Glad it wasn’t Cal. N.Y. or N.J. The family would probably be in Jail

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Even in California if they break into your home deadly force is justified. You just can’t chase them up the street busting caps at them.

      2. avatar p35flash says:

        Actually, California has a rather strong castle doctrine. This is rather odd considering how anti gun California tends to be otherwise. It is found in Penal Code Section 198.5.

        “Any person using force intended or likely to cause death or
        great bodily injury within his or her residence shall be presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily injury to self, family, or a member of the household when that force is used against another person, not a member of the family or household, who unlawfully and forcibly enters or has unlawfully and
        forcibly entered the residence and the person using the force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry occurred. As used in this section, great bodily injury means a significant or substantial physical injury.”

        1. avatar Mr. Bob says:

          As my Grandfather (born in 1891, then lived in Kalifornia for 70 years) always said, “Shoot ’em, then drag ’em inside.”

  2. avatar killer99 says:

    The formatting is all kinds of wonky in mobile.

    1. avatar Nick Leghorn says:

      Wasn’t just mobile, Dan broke the whole site with his lack of Javascript Kung-Fu.

      No worries, for I have fixed it.

  3. avatar Joseph says:

    Ahhh….Texas……

  4. avatar JAS says:

    Break in, get shot and die – “stupid is as stupid does”

    Forrest Gump

  5. avatar Geoff says:

    Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes.

  6. avatar Ralph says:

    I’m sure that the deceased was on his way to becoming a pillar of the community. Maybe an oncologist or a rocket surgeon or an archbishop. He was always such a good boy. Sniff.

    1. avatar Leo338 says:

      I wonder if Michelle Obama will show up at his funeral since he is a victim of gun violence.

      1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

        Now, now – let’s not be excessively unkind.

        Of course, had he defense been conducted using an AR… or WAS it?

      2. avatar Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

        So, if she had a son, would he look like the deceased?

  7. avatar Randy Drescher says:

    What, no duty to retreat? Thats a travesty. In a civilized state you need to bundle up your baby & run out the back door so the perps friends can kill the entire family. sarah would be so proud. How do you know when civil rights have gone too far? When a burgler temporarily owns your home, Randy

  8. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Wow.

    Where I live this simply does not occur – or at least never has. It’s too far from the population centres to make a good “shopping” destination, and the locals are an actual neighbourhood – spread out with roughly thirty houses to the square mile.

    That said, my seven shooter’s always handy, ’cause the more certain you are of something, the more harshly you can be proven mistaken.

    I sure miss the U.S.A.

    Russ, Kansas

  9. avatar ThomasR says:

    If you don’t want to carry a full sized weapon in the house; ( I do, I just leave my carry weapon on my belt), carry a pocket .380 or 9mm.

  10. avatar speedracer5050 says:

    .45acp w/14+1 in the pipe. 2 spare 14 rounders on me from time I get up till I go to bed. 43 rounds of 200gr +P’s. If I need more then the SHTF in a very very bad way!!

    1. avatar Bob says:

      I’m all for home carry, but 43 rounds is overkill. (pun intended) If you need more than 15, then you are a terrible aim. I can not imagine any reasonable situation that would require 43 rounds, except for a riot and you will get enough warning about the riot to get extra rounds.

      I think you can lighten up (literally and figuratively) a bit.

      1. avatar john in AK says:

        And therein lies the problem. YOU cannot imagine any reasonable situation, therefore YOU arbitrarily say that 43 rounds is ‘overkill.’ THEY cannot imagine why anyone needs a 30-round magazine, therefore THEY arbitrarily say that 30 rounds is ‘overkill.’
        It is NOT YOUR DECISION. It is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

        Oh, yes. If I need to make a Type 3 malfunction clearance and have only one magazine, and the problem IS the magazine, don’t I imagine that I could use that spare magazine, right about then? And if that magazine carries another 15 rounds, should I download it to whatever number YOU think is appropriate and necessary first, so as not to offend somebody?

        YOU lighten up!

      2. avatar Eric in Sacramento says:

        I disagree. It sounds like a lot of weight to carry, but that just means he’s more prepared than we. He’s only carrying “too much” ammo if he’s going swimming with it.

        1. avatar speedracer5050 says:

          @ Bob: Have you ever been the victim of a home invasion? I have, survived two of them and lived in what was considered a good middle class neighborhood at the time.
          Where I live now the nearest LEO is 5 miles from my house, and the sheriffs dept is 15 miles away. If more than one or two invaders come thru my door at 2 or 3 in the morning I am going to be ready.
          Even in rural parts of the state home invasions are 2 or 3 or 4 bad guys. The stress level when it happens goes out the roof. You can train all you want but until it actually happens to you you don’t know how it is going to go.
          I truly hope it never happens to you because it is damn scary an the repercussions can last a lifetime.
          It has been 31 yrs this year since the first one and 20 years since the second one and I still occasionally have nightmares about taking someone’s life.

          @Eric in Sacramento: i don’t plan on swimming with that much weight!! Considering that I live on the side of a mountain in NE Arkansas if I have to go swimming at my house the weight will be the least of my worries, as it is 550 feet from the bottom of my driveway to the top at a 7% grade!! LOL!!!

  11. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

    Thanks to your vast network of tipsters you guys are putting together an impressive compilation of real live DGUs. At the rate you’re going you should crack 150 for the year. Of course, even some of them are bogus.

    1. avatar Clay says:

      Mikeb.

      Care to elaborate on which are the false DGU stories?

  12. avatar Robert Milliron says:

    Confucious say: It is better to have it and not need it,
    than to need it and not have it!

  13. avatar bontai Joe says:

    I live in a rural part of the Poconos, not in town, but on a dead end cul-de-sac more than 10 miles from any incorporated town. For the month of Feb, there has been one murder and three violent home invasions all within 2 miles of my house. I now home carry all the time. It’s the ?#$%@* meth labs and the burned out tweakers that are addicted to it. My township has no local police dept, we rely on coverage from the PA State troopers who have an average responce time of 40 minutes. I know because I have had cause to call them on 4 seperate occassions. So in my house, I am FULLY aware that I am the first responder, my family’s safety falls on me and my wife. And frankly, any bad guy should hope he runs into me instead of her. She can shoot very well, but prefers a knife with which she is an expert.

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