We often point out that the vast majority of defensive gun uses (DGU’s) end without shots fired. The armed defender shows the bad guys his or her gun, the perps fear perforation, and exit, stage right. fox5atlanta.com has an example . . .
A quick-thinking teenager stopped a burglary at his Coweta County home. He came downstairs with a realistic looking pellet gun and took aim. The two hooded men threw up their hands and ran out the front door.
Bayne Sample, 16, admitted it was a bit improvised, but said he didn’t have a choice. Good thing the Airsoft rifle looked the part. Bayne said it is a replica of a real assault rifle.
Bayne was home alone with his little brother. Their dad told FOX 5 News he was proud of himself and credits Bayne’s ROTC training at East Coweta High School for giving him both the courage and calmness.
Oh look! An AR-15 involved in a DGU! Didn’t what’s-his-name, the British guy that Jeremy Clarkson punched in the nose, say that never happens? OK, it wasn’t really an AR. In the video above, the reporter jokes about young Master Bayne’s BB ballistic bluff. “What choice did you have?” Sample affirms the idea and adds, ” besides all the guns were downstairs.”
The TV report takes pains to point out that the Samples will have something a little more powerful than an Airsoft gun to hand should the burglars return. Then again, after this, the bad guys might come back anyway, taking that into account. Guns are easy to fence and some bad guys love them some revenge.
Which is why anyone who performs a successful DGU might want to STFU when the news guys show up. What’s good for the cause – televising law-abiding Americans successfully exercising their right to keep and bear arms (including Airsoft guns) – might not be good for everyone. Just sayin’ . . .