Chilean Zookeepers Shoot Two Lions to Save Intruder: Defensive Gun Use of the Day

Murder scene (courtesy

So a Chilean man named Franco Luis Ferrara decided to commit suicide-by-lion. He stripped naked and somehow managed to enter the lions’ zoo enclosure. Not getting the desired response, Ferrara began “taunting” the big cats. Who did what big cats (and small cats would if they could) do: they got off their fat lazy you-know-whats and mauled him. Zookeepers rushed to the scene. And what did they do? They did what politically correct zookeepers do: they turned a water hose on the beasts. ‘Cause everyone knows cats hate water, right? Anyway, no joy (save maybe for the lions who probably appreciate a well-washed human limb or four). At that point, the keepers got out the big guns. As our firearms-averse friends at report, that didn’t go so well, at least at first . . .

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Mauling Michigan Black Bear Shot by Armed Civilian: Defensive Gun Use of the Day


Press release from Michigan Department of Natural Resources [via]

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today that a black bear recently shot and killed in Haring Township, north of Cadillac in Wexford County, is the same bear that mauled a teenage girl, Abby Wetherell, in that same township in 2013. The DNR confirms a 9-year-old female black bear was killed April 30 by an individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, acting in self-defense. The individual let out a dog, which then immediately ran after what appeared to be a bear cub. The dog was stopped at the end of the tree line barking when the owner saw a bear appear and attack the dog. The individual went to assist the dog and the bear ran off . . .

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GLOCK-Armed Vet Shoots Pitbull Mix: Defensive Gun Use of the Day

Oreo (courtesy

Shooting a dog is a big deal, to be avoided if at all possible. But sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. In this case, the man was a veteran living in Boulder Park, Illinois. The dog was named Oreo. Judging from this account at — unsympathetically (to the shooter) featuring the above image and erroneously titled Owner of dog shot dead in Boulder Hill park: ‘He loved everyone’ — the unnamed vet did the right thing. Here’s a reconfigured and excerpted version, leaving out the anti-gun animus laced throughout The Trib’s disjointed story . . .

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Louisiana Open Carrier Shoots And Kills Gas Station Assailant: Defensive Gun Use of the Day

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In a decent neighborhood in Mandeville, Louisiana, an unidentified store clerk was attacked by an aggressive customer at a gas station. A firearms instructor on the scene — openly carrying his .40 caliber pistol in a holster — felt compelled to assist the store clerk in de-escalating the situation. But the aggressor would not stop. Instead, he kept on increasing the level of attacks. From . . .

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Palm Beach Zoo Tiger Kills Keeper: It Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use

Tiger at Palm Beach Zoo (courtesy

There are places to which I’d never go. There are places to which I’d never go unarmed. Inside a cage with tigers qualifies on both counts. And just in case, I wear a gun when I visit a zoo. I know what you’re thinking: the chances of being attacked by an animal at a zoo are less than the chances of being attacked at, say, a playground. Here’s the funny thing: not three weeks ago my daughter and I visited the Palm Beach Zoo and watched a tiger talk by Stacey Konwiser. That would be the same Stacey Konwiser in this news story from . . .

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Dallas Marine Stops Home Invasion With Gunfire – Defensive Gun Use of the Day

Open Carry Walmart Dallas 10 April 2016

One of the advantages of open carry is that it’s a good excuse for social interaction. I was in a Dallas Walmart taking pictures of .22 ammuntion for sale, while another customer was waiting for the cabinet to be unlocked. I asked him to take my picture when my new photographer casually mentioned that he was there to buy .38 special ammunition because he had repelled a home invasion the previous night . . .

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Virginia Man Under Protective Order Shoots and Kills His Girlfriend: It Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use

Darrick Lee Lewis (courtesy Leesburg Police Department)

“A mother of three has died after police say her ex-boyfriend shot her multiple times in her Leesburg, Virginia, home,” reports. “[Christina] Fisher’s ex-boyfriend, 30-year-old Darrick Lee Lewis [above], was arrested and charged with murder, use of a firearm and violation of a protective order. He is being held without bond in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, police said.” How does a protective order protect someone from violence? The same way gun control protects someone from violence. It doesn’t. [Note: Ms. Fisher called 911 before the murder.] Condolences to Ms. Fisher’s friends and family. It should have been a defensive gun use.



14-Year-Old Girl Shot By Home Invaders, Shoots Back: Defensive Gun Use of the Day

Reader Roy H. writes:
After seeing her mother’s fiancé shot multiple times, a Las Vegas teen picked up a gun and fired back at home invaders after she’d been shot in the leg. I’d like to take the opportunity to remind everybody that in 2015 there were 265 children who picked up a firearm and accidentally shot someone. At the same time, there were 3.7 million household burglaries per year and 266,500 of those turned violent. The need for self-defense in the home is not insignificant and teenagers especially are often at home alone when parents are not. It is immoral to leave them defenseless.



Escaped Inmate Killed by Family He Held Hostage – Defensive Gun Use of the Day


By James England via

An escaped inmate met his end after breaking into a family’s Vicksburg, Pennsylvania home and being shot by the homeowners after a tense hostage situation. Warren County Jail officials confirmed the identity of the deceased inmate, Rafael McCloud, 34, after Vicksburg Police removed his body from the property. The husband and wife and their 5-year-old son were moved into a bathroom while the inmate was attempting to work out a hostage negotiation. Police reports indicate that . . .

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65-Year-Old Philly Concealed Carrier Shoots Muggers: Defensive Gun Use of the Day

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“‘I think the moral of the story is you just never know who’s packing heat,’ said (Anthony) Conte. ‘Old man Sal was packing so you gotta watch out. And it’s a shame it went down. I hope those kids are OK.'” You can see those so-called kids — aged 20 and 21 — examining their gunshot wounds above (click here for the video). They’d allegedly assaulted a 65-year-old man and his wife on a Philadelphia street Tuesday night, blissfully unaware that “old Sal” had a license to carry and a .45 . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Korean Store Owner Seul Lim’s Gunfight with Armed Robber

“Surveillance video from inside a Spanaway convenience store shows an armed robbery turned into a shootout when clerk Seul Lim fired at the man holding up her family’s store,” Tacoma, Washington’s reports. “The video shows Lim being held at gunpoint at the Pacific Quick Mart on Tuesday when she fires at the robber, missing him. He fires back striking Lim in the abdomen.” Ms. Lim is recovering. “She’s tough, she’s a tough cookie, yeah,” Lim’s husband Min Kim said. As TTAG tipster Mike points out . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: LA CCW Stops Mass Shooting

Crime scene, Treme, LA (courtesy

On the afternoon of 31 January, 2016, some ten ATVs were getting gas at the intersection of Claiborne and Esplanade Avenues in New Orleans, Louisiana. Richard Macklin pulled up in a white Volvo. Police said Macklin became upset; the ATV riders were blocking the gas pumps. He pulled out a firearm and opened fire, sending more than a dozen rounds into the crowd. Three were wounded. One of the wounded was armed . . .

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