Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Son’s Act of Kindness Edition

Back in the day, my family summered on the Rhode Island coastline. When my father died, his ashes scattered in the bay in front of the house, my octogenarian mother lived there alone. One night, as I was pulling out of the pebbled drive, a thought occurred: what if someone broke in? She would be defenseless. While I had a spare revolver in the car, my mum is as anti-gun as they come. Even so, I felt obliged to make the offer . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Van Zandt County Knows How to Handle Sex Offender Burglars


“Presently, as the result of underfunding and inadequate staffing at the Van Zandt County (TX) Sheriff’s Office, homeowners need to take appropriate precautions to protect their families.” So advises Sheriff Michael Ray. Fortunately, an unnamed local woman had already realized the importance of having the ability to protect herself. Which is why deputies who arrived at her house found Christopher Foster whose body temperature had already begun dropping to match that of the early Texas morning . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Turnabout is Fair Play Edition

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A 67-Year-Old CCW permit holder stopped a crime spree and a budding criminal career on Wednesday in Cobbs Creek Park in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. The victim was walking along a path in mid afternoon when an assailant, wearing a mask and brandishing a pistol, demanded that he “Give it up, give me all you got.” But the intended victim didn’t play the expected role. He used a classic defensive technique, grabbing the assailant’s gun while drawing his own . . .

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Why Would Anyone Need More Than Ten Rounds?

Reader Scott I writes:

Rhetorical question for any Fudd friends: Why would anyone NEED more than 10 rounds in a gun to hunt? Answer: Because I’m not hunting. I’m defending my family in my home from multiple armed home invaders. As Assistant Chief Mark Herman put it in the video above, “Folks here in Texas in their homes, they’re are armed. And, uh, you know, it is what it is.”


It Should Have Been A Defensive Gun Use: Charlotte Home Invasion Edition

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“Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal.” That’s the ad slogan Colt used after the Civil War to move their guns. By that time, Sam Colt was pushing up daisies; he died at the tender age of 47. I wonder if Sam felt any decline in his physical abilities before his demise. It would have made him [more] aware of the importance of a firearm as an self-defense equalizer for the elderly and infirm. Equally, I wonder what would have happened if the 71-year-old Charlotte woman in the following report [via] had been armed against three teenage home invaders . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Kissimmee Pastor Wins Shoot Out With Fired Employee


“Benjamin Parangan Jr., a member of the maintenance crew [at the Living Water Fellowship church] for at least eight years, allegedly opened fire when he was told he no longer had a job,” reports. “The bullets missed Pastor Terry L. Howell Sr., 61, [above] who drew his own pistol and critically wounded Parangan, 47, according to the Sheriff’s Office.” And there you have it, save the fact that no child was injured during the making go this defensive gun use. “About 16 children were attending day care within the church complex during the shooting; none was harmed. Their parents had picked them up by midmorning.” I wonder what lesson they learned from the experience . . .


Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Victim Selection Failure Edition


It appears that the young master Keontre Reese didn’t read the papers. If he had, he might have seen Pastor Tom Vinyard’s open letter criticizing the local police chief for advocating stricter gun laws. Maybe Reese couldn’t read at all. You’d think seeing a sign on a house stating, “Nothing on this property is worth your life” would encourage him to select another target. It seems foolish to break into the house of a “vocal supporter of gun rights” and then attack him in his own home . . .

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It Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use: Kroger Edition


When Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America started bullying Kroger to ban open carry in its stores I immediately Google searched “armed robbery Kroger.” I got 105k results, including Six robbers hold up busy Kroger and shoot one employeeAttempted Armed Robbery at Suncrest Kroger and Armed robber victimizes customer in Kroger bathroom. Like Target (another, er, target of MDA’s anti-open carry crusade) Kroger is a target for violent crime. Here’s a recent example . . .

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It Should Have Been A Defensive Gun Use: Playing Domino’s Edition

“Najeh Masaeid was found dead in a hallway at the District at the Summit apartments near the Summit shopping center in Birmingham [Alabama] Sunday evening in what police say appears to be a homicide,” reports. “Authorities are investigating robbery as the possible motive and believe he might have been set up. Domino’s workers said the victim was called to deliver an order to an apartment there that turned out to be vacant.” This is hardly the first pizza delivery robbery ending in murder that we’ve reported. Domino’s is aware of the dangers. In fact . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: 14-Year-Old Son of Murdered Father Shoots and Kills Home Invader Edition

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There is a natural tendency towards supporting gun control after a relative is shot and killed. I saw it first-hand as a boy, when the widow of murdered Dr. Charles Potter (our family physician) founded Handgun Control Inc. I’ve seen it time and time again as a gun blogger, from media-friendly families affected by killings in Newtown, Isla Vista and dozens of other locations. But it’s not safe to say that gun blaming is the inevitable result of “gun violence.” In many cases, relatives realize the truth: the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. That’s certainly true for a 14-year-old boy from North Carolina . . .

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