“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 heraldonline.com] had been armed against three teenage home invaders . . .
“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,” orlandosentinel.com 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 . . .
Dramatic video of Texas concealed-carry ‘hero’ saving woman from attacker the Washington Post headline proclaims. Notice the scare quote marks around the word “hero”? After watching the above news report, there can be no doubt that Southlake, Texas moviegoer Aaron Kreag is a hero. As the WaPo’s report on the reports reports . . .
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 . . .
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 employee, Attempted 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 . . .
“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,” al.com 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 . . .
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 . . .
“Obviously they didn’t know he was home.” That’s Birmingham, Alabama PD’s Lt. Sean Edwards describing what happened when two burglars let themselves into the home of an un-named 68-year-old man Thursday morning. They also didn’t know he was armed. Both intruders were hit when the man opened fire and left faster than they came in. “A short time later, two men with gunshot wounds showed up at St. Vincent’s East.” One is in critical condition. “Edwards said the victim told police he had been burglarized several times in the recent past. … When (an) officer told (the homeowner) they had been struck, he said, ‘I hope they are OK.'” Don’t F with an old guy.
Many posters on the Internets spout the truism that warning shots are a bad idea because they can be taken as evidence that the shooter didn’t consider the threat in question to be deadly. Otherwise, they would have aimed for center mass instead of firing into the air (Biden style) or the ground. But in a recent case from Maryland, a prosecutor came to the opposite conclusion . . .
Thursday afternoon. A woman is walking down the street not far from Milwaukee’s District 4 cop shop. An unidentified dood strolls up and pulls a gun on her. And that’s when she pulls one of her own. Both fired. He beat feet. She wasn’t hit. It’s not clear if he was. According to Shannon Watts and her perpetually demanding moms, incidents like this one just don’t happen. Besides wondering how badly this might have gone for her if she hadn’t been carrying, the question is, would MDA have preferred that the woman were defenseless? . . .
“Indianapolis police: Resident opens fire on intruder during break-in,” theindychannel.com reports, chronicling a defensive gun use in Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America jefe Shannon Watts’ hometown. The sub-head is more than a bit strange – “Attempted thief should be OK” – but hey, result! “Metro police (IMPD) said at roughly 2:50 a.m. Thursday, a shooting was reported in the 900 block of West 34th Street on the northwest side of Indianapolis. Officers on the scene told our RTV6 crew a resident opened fire on someone who had broken into their home . . .
It seems to be stiff upper lip week here at TTAG central command. We’ve had an outbreak of no nonsense gentlemen who’ve been around the block a few times, the kind who refuse to be victimized by criminals who apparently figure, “What’s the old codger gonna do?” The first two examples of bloodied attackers came from the Lone Star state. For our latest tale of a perforated perp, we go east to Vicksburg, Mississippi where 82-year-old Mr. Roosevelt Wilson refused to let an overly insistent Meals on Wheels woman into his home. “‘She tried to get in, but I wouldn’t let her in. ‘I’m so and so. I brought you some meals’, and I said put them down on the porch. She wouldn’t. She left and came back again for something else,’ said Wilson. Just before 10 Wednesday morning the woman wouldn’t take no for an answer” . . .