There’s never a shortage of DGU articles, it seems. Wouldn’t it be great to wake up one morning, pull up the news, and not be able to find a single shooting story? Sadly, that ain’t gonna happen. Seems there’s a never-ending supply of criminals, thugs, and other assorted dumbasses, ready and willing to contribute their stories – and often their lives – to the library of defensive gun use incidents…
If there’s one thing you can say about our DGU shooters, they’re pretty damn accurate. I have yet to come across a defensive gun use report where innocents were injured or killed by the person doing the defending. Funny, but that’s not what you’d expect if you listen to the anti-gun zealots, who try to convince us that guns in the hands of everyday folks will lead to mass carnage and blood ankle-deep in the streets. Let’s take a look at what’s really happening . . .
It’s happening again. Random atmospheric events are combining to put the smackdown on a good portion of the country, this time aiming for the Northeast. As a former resident of Florida who’s weathered several hurricanes, I can offer this advice: be prepared, and do it now. There are plenty of lists of emergency supplies, and quality advice is only as far away as your keyboard. But, there’s one thing no one’s talking about in the mainstream news: how to survive the aftermath of a storm large enough to cause civil disruption . . .
Every week, I try to come up with a theme for the DGU Week in Review. Small towns, DGUs gone wrong, old folks fighting back. With another thirty articles to peruse from this week’s newsrags, I read each one, looking for a common thread. Home invasions, pawn shop robberies, drunks in the wrong house; the news reports covered the gamut. Aside from the fact that burglars often get shot while climbing through a window, nothing struck me as having a common theme. Until I realized…
It’s worth mentioning that many of our DGU reports occur in small towns, far away from the mega-cities where anti-gun influence so often restricts our natural right to armed self defense. Gypsum, Kansas and Dothan, West Virginia are names that don’t often come up in everyday conversation (unless y’all got kinfolk there). Sure, incidents from big southern cities like Houston adorn this column most weeks, and Detroit’s citizens sure can hold their own, but the backbone of this country is found in our rural landscape; sometimes on the outskirts, but often far away from what Catrinel Menghia might call cosmopolitan. Take the aforementioned Kansas farm town, Gypsum…
It can be hard to quantify defensive gun uses. Sure, we hear about bad guys getting shot every day, but it’s rare these days for a story to be press-worthy if no shots are actually fired. Bruce Krafft does an excellent job cataloging the meager data available for no-shots-fired DGUs, and I can only point to the paucity of news reports in my daily searches that devote any column inches to stories with happy endings. Imagine my surprise when this gem from my hometown showed up…
This is a tough one to write. Not because of the events, or the people involved; tragedies like this are tough for anyone to stomach. No, this is my first “Should’ve Been A DGU” post, a subject of internal debate for me. There’s a lot of wiggle room, conjecture and supposition in situations like this when we wonder what coulda, woulda, shoulda been. That said . . .
As Dorothy said, there’s no place like home. That old adage really rings true with me. My home isn’t just my castle; it’s that place I can sit back and relax, drop all my worries and defenses (and my pants). Crossing my threshold or windowsill uninvited, though, is asking for trouble. Even the occasional faux pas – my buddy next door popping his head in to say, “Hi” – sends my adrenalin pump into wide open throttle. This week’s DGU reports are chock full of homeowner horror — folks giving it to the bad guys, one round at a time . . .
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? . . .
People do dumb things all the time. It’s part of being human and we are all guilty, to some degree. It’s a big window to operate in, from clever to stupid, and when it comes to your health, no one argues, for example, about how dumb it is to smoke. But hey, we’re risk takers, and some folks enjoy lighting up. Not Justin Palmer. In fact he takes healthy living — even that of complete strangers — really seriously. So much so that the 24-year-old Bellingham, Washington resident was arrested for drawing down on a smoker . . .
The case for carrying a handgun is made in headlines around the country every single day. Circumstances are as varied as the different locales; the incident could occur when we’re at work just as easily as when we’re sitting at a traffic light. However, the most common location for defending yourself against a lethal threat is your own living room . . . Continue Reading
Crossing the threshold of self-perceived safety and uncertainty can be tough for some. Attaining your goals at a young age leaves some in a coddled, sterile environment, free of the pressures of living in our hostile, unfamiliar world. Your perception is not necessarily everyone else’s reality and sometimes you need to break out of your personal green zone to experience life from the viewpoint of those you’d never normally be found with in public. These are the kind of stranger-in-a-strange-land impressions you frequently find in media accounts of anti-gun types dishing up a bit of exposure therapy and heading to their local gun range. I normally avoid these pieces with their, “Oh my God, people are so different…and they have guns!” slant. However . . .
What do you say to a highly respected doctor and researcher, a man who made significant, measurable improvements in the medical field, a top administrator who’s globally respected, when he says that everyone should turn in their guns? You say, “no,” of course . . .
Was there ever a time in the history of civilization when humans didn’t face the threat of violence against their person? A place in time that was placid and safe from aggression? Didn’t think so. We are a violent species. Every day, I search the web and pore over news aggregators looking for examples of defensive gun use. It really is a task of separating the wheat from the chaff. Buried in the screenfuls of returns are valid DGU stories . . .
There’s stereotype we face as gun owners. Ask any anti, and they’ll tell you about the old white guy, cop wannabe, wearing his gun on his belt for all to see. He’s a hair trigger, locked and loaded and ready to go off at the first opportunity to defend life and limb. Nothing would bring more joy to his heart than plugging a bad guy with his Glock, basking in the accolades of a thankful citizenship. Hell, there might even be a ticker-tape parade in it for him . . .