Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Worst Possible Tragedy Edition. Well, Almost

 Kryn Miner (courtesy

“A Vermont prosecutor says no charges will be filed in the shooting of a troubled Army veteran by one of his teenage children,” reports, “because the man was armed and threatening to kill his family.” Readers familiar with Oedipus Rex (or The Lion King) will appreciate that this incident is the dictionary definition of a tragedy (without the really weird bit). But it’s actually worse . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Atlanta Carjacking Target Adapts, Improvises, Survives

 Scene of failed carjacking in Atlanta (courtesy

“Police say a woman reported getting in to her car here along Blue Ridge Avenue when Fontana tapped on the window with his gun and attempted to carjack her,” reports. “Once he got inside, he was struggling to drive her car with a manual transmission and placed the gun in his lap. The woman says she picked up the gun and tried to get out of the vehicle. He pulled her back and bit her twice leaving visible marks. at that point she pulled the trigger and shot him . . . ‘here was a man in the middle of the street and they were running to him and wrestling him, trying to get him under control,’ said neighbor Shawn Pagliarini. “He was screaming, ‘I’m already hurt don’t make it any worse.’ Result! Or is it? TTAG reader BS isn’t entirely convinced . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Another Day, Another DGU Edition


TTAG reader CW writes:

“So, this defensive gun use [via] won’t win any tactical awards. Nor did the homeowner display any ninja training. Nor did he need to be an ‘operator’ or have his drag classified. But this is how most DGUs go, and hence go unreported in statistics. No shots were fired, no one was hurt, and presumably another tweaker is off the streets.” Check it out . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: No Shots Fired Edition

Gun control and gun rights advocates both focus on fear of criminal predation. The key difference: the firearms freedom fraternity has a better message for the folks. Bad things happen but here’s something effective you can do about it. Carry a gun and protect yourself. The antis’ recommendation: vote for civilian disarmament and hope nothing bad happens. Bit of a no-brainer that. Especially as an estimated one million Americans use a firearm to defend life and limb each each year. Unfortunately, when it comes to messaging, the antis have a crucial advantage . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: NY Pizza Delivery Man Shoots Mugger

TTAG’s run numerous posts about attacks on food delivery drivers. Click here for a report on the murder of  Papa John’s employee Daniel Jaffke. We’ve also put up more than a few posts celebrating delivery drivers who exercised their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms to successfully defend their lives from attackers. Click here for a defensive gun use by a pizza guy who didn’t have to fire a shot. [Video at link autoplays.] Or . . .

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It Should Have Been A Defensive Gun Use: Florida Bear Attack Edition

A couple of years ago, just before the school run, as a weak winter sun struggled to light-up the sky, I went outside to put some trash in the bin on the street. As I turned to head back to the house, I came face to face with a coyote. This in suburban Providence, RI. He looked at me. I looked at him. My hand went to my gun. The coyote went towards Presidents Avenue. I mention this because a) coyote attacks are a thing, b) so are bear attacks, and c) a gun is a good thing to have on your person when animals attack. For example . . .

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It Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use: 9-1-1 My Toches

“Alicia Cappola said a man tried to break into her home around 1:45 am,” reports. “Desperate for help, she dialed 911, only to find out that her calls were not going through. Unbeknownst to Cappola, Washington state’s 911 system was suffering from intermittent outages. ‘After I tried 911 a couple times and it rang busy, they were still at the door,’ said Cappola.” In the end, Cappola ended up calling 911 . . . wait for it . . . wait for it . . . 37 times. So she had to take matters in her own hands . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Houstonian Fights Back Edition

” A man said he was walking to his car shortly after 5 a.m. on his way to work,” reports. “Just as he sat down in the car, he heard a knock on his window. When he rolled it down, he found himself staring right at a gun. The suspect demanded his car. The two began to struggle and the intended victim managed to wrestle away the would-be robber’s own gun to shoot the suspect . . . He was transported to the hospital, but died as a result of his injuries.” Or, you could say, as a result of his criminal assault. The man’s beleaguered neighbors seem good with this. All I can add: it’s probably better to drive away from a carjacker, or shoot him with your own gun or maybe even give him your car. But needs must and all’s well that ends well. That is all.


DGU Of The Day: Loss Prevention Injection Edition

Image courtesy Roseville, MI Police

An armed customer wasn’t quick enough to prevent alleged transient junkie Joshua Silva, above, from sticking a Home Depot loss prevention employee in the hand with a dirty needle, but the un-named Samaritan didn’t even have to fire a shot to stop the attack.  Continue Reading


It Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use: KY Teen Thugs Edition


“According to the latest reports from police, at least 17 incidents were reported after a group of approximately 200 teens began robbing and assaulting people Saturday night,” Louisville, Kentucky’s reports. “Police say it started around 7:45 p.m. when the teens gathered near the entrance of the Big Four Bridge. That’s where police say 12 teens assaulted and robbed a 13-year-old girl, as well as a man who came and tried to help her.” As the lead says, it gets worse. A lot worse . . .

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Defensive Gun Use Of The Day: Inferior Firepower Edition

Image courtesy Cherokee County Sheriff's office

The first rule of gunfighting is — we all know this, right? — have a gun. Once you have a gun, conventional wisdom suggests your choice of caliber is not of primary importance. There are, of course, limits to this conventional wisdom. A 23-year-old Georgia man discovered that no legitimate defensive caliber begins with “point one seven seven” . . .

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