Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Two Down, Lots More to Go Edition


“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.


Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Successful Warning Shot Edition


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 . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: MDA Heads Explode Edition

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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? . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Shannon Watts’ Backyard Edition

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“Indianapolis police: Resident opens fire on intruder during break-in,” 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 . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Under-Pillow Protection Edition


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” . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Smoothbore Security Edition

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As Ralph sagely counseled yesterday, don’t mess with old guys. That’s advice two unidentified female hoods would have benefitted from, but they were too busy boosting a car and attempting a home invasion yesterday to have seen our post. And when ID’ing their target, they chose poorly, selecting the home of a suburban Houston gentleman with some snow on the roof and a 20-gauge loaded with buckshot. “‘They knocked on the door several times. There was no answer and at that time they obviously didn’t think anyone was there and they broke a window and gained entry,’ said Walter Stensland with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office. But they didn’t get very far . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Groin Shot? Really? Edition

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“WILLIAM LAWLER [above left] didn’t want to shoot the man who threatened his girlfriend and him with a 13-inch knife Sunday outside a Pathmark store near his Northeast Philadelphia home,” reports. To make a long story short, he did, after telling Knife Guy to cease and desist. “At least a half-dozen times, I ordered him to stop. The last time, I said, ‘I don’t want to shoot you, but I will,'” Lawler said. “Then, after I shot him, he fell to his knees and tried to throw the knife at me.” Lawler, a gun owner who’d unsuccessfully sued the City of Philadelphia after cops clocked his pro-gun bumper stickers and confiscated his GLOCK 17, won. Here are the deets on Lawler’s defensive gun use . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Gun Beats Stick Edition


Robbers who use clubs are very dangerous. Broken limbs and cracked skulls are nothing to play around with. And those who wield them often believe that they have to strike their victim to demonstrate their seriousness. In this case, the would-be robber made a mistake in the victim selection process. When choosing a hold-up victim Sunday evening, Bobby Dean Hall chose a CCW holder who drew his gun when threatened. Hall then beat feet, but the armed citizen was able to give a good description to the police, who quickly made an arrest . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: 51% Sign Be Damned Edition

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“That man was a hero. We could have had some bodies.” That’s the considered opinion of Jenny O’Donnell, owner of E.J.’s Place a Houston area bar after an armed patron took out two stick-up men early yesterday morning. “(A) head bartender and waitress were closing up for the night when two men walked into the bar and demanded everyone get down on the floor. Two other men ‘lingered at the bar door,’ she said. That’s when a customer at the bar pulled his own gun and started shooting at the men….” The armed patron must have been a pretty good shot, too, because one of the robbers dropped dead just outside the door and another didn’t make it out of the parking lot before beginning to assume ambient temperature. There’s no telling how many pops the armed customer had before unloading on the doods with heaters. And we may never find out . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Maternal Deterrence Edition


I can’t decide which is more impressive – that Cathy Kouba’s son gave her a shotgun for Mother’s Day or the fact that she appreciated the gift. Either way, it came in mighty handy the other night when the El Reno, Oklahoma mom awoke to the sound of her alarm wailing. “I have a daughter that’s handicapped and she was asleep on the bottom floor. And so for the fear of her being hurt, motherly instincts kick in and, you know, I worked hard for what I’ve got. And you’re not going to come and take it away from me.” Hooah! Only one problem. She didn’t get a shot off until the invader had turned tail and headed for the hills . . .

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It Should Have Been A Defensive Gun Use: Disarmed Teen Edition


After the machine gun accident that claimed the life of a Las Vegas shooting instructor, there’s been a lot of talk about the appropriate age for introducing children to firearms. I think it’s completely down to the parents’ discretion. They are their children’s guardians, not the state. I’m more interested in a different question: when is it appropriate to leave a child with a firearm for self-defense? Again, that’s the parents’ call. Depending on the child, I reckon it’s long before most children reach the legal age of majority. Otherwise, this . . .

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It Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use: Cali Crime Spree Edition


“On Monday morning, authorities say [Brian Thomas] Cruz first went into a woman’s home and forced her at knifepoint to drive him in her car, which she intentionally crashed to get away,” reports. “He then allegedly carjacked a teacher’s vehicle near Palisades High School, after which he struck several other vehicles, authorities said. After leaving the second car, Cruz entered another residence and allegedly forced a woman inside to give him her car keys. He took that car and crashed it against several other vehicles before running a red light and colliding with yet another car near Webb Way in Malibu, according to the district attorney’s office. After that crash, [armed] officers caught up with and arrested Cruz.” TTAG reader JY draws the obvious (to us) lesson . . .

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