“A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn’t think he’d remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn’t see me at all, but I’ll bet a month hasn’t gone by since that I haven’t thought of that girl.” As Mr. Bernstein pointed out in Citizen Kane, memory tends to be selective. I can’t remember what IU had for lunch, but I remember [now former] CNN chat show host Piers Morgan rabbiting on about how no one needs an AR-15 for self-defense after the Newtown massacre . . .
As TTAG pointed out several times, it happens. American defend themselves with “assault rifles.” Not as often as they do with handguns, for obvious reasons. Obvious if you have half-a-brain and a bit of common sense. But often enough that it’s a perfectly defensible reason to own an AR-15 – if a reason be needed. Which it isn’t, given our natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Anyway . . .
Here’s another other example where an American wielding an AR-15 used his gun to protect his life from a credible, imminent threat of death or grievous bodily harm [via abclocal.go.com]: Somebody was you know knocking on the door at 9:15, 9:30 in the morning,” said [Jonathan] Haith. “I wanted to roll over and stay in the air conditioning, and I just ignored it.” When the door knocks lasting 15 minutes were followed by a boom and a thud, Haith grabbed his AR-15 semi-automatic from under his bed and slowly crept into the hallway. “I peeked around the corner, saw a tall, slender black gentleman standing over me with a pistol,” said Haith. When [Gregory] Johnson allegedly fired at Haith with a 9mm and missed, he fired back. The bullet pierced the Johnson’s stomach and shoulder. “That was my round,” said Haith. “Evidently, it went through his body and struck the wall.” Pandemonium followed, and Johnson scurried out. An apparent getaway vehicle spun out of Haith’s yard to pick up Johnson, who had collapsed outside of a day care up the street.
Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on your perspective), Mr. Johnson survived his through-and-through. He was treated at a nearby hospital and released – into police custody. In wonder how much of that “pandemonium”Mr. Haith will remember. Or whether Mr. Morgan words will return to haunt him. God knows they haunt me. [h/t AE]