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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This Is What Happens to A Disarmed Populace: Hinkley Park Beating Edition

“Police say the man was looking for his son when someone threw a lit firework near him,” reports. “When he tried to find out who threw it, he was attacked and suffered a concussion . . . A crowd reportedly gathered around the man and began verbally assaulting him before the physical altercation began, police said.” Well that’s putting it mildly. According to other reports, some 200 teenagers cheered on the attackers as they brutally beat their 48-year-old victim. You can hear the mob baying for blood in the video above. If an unnamed teen hadn’t stepped in to stop the beat down, chances are the father would have been killed. And here’s the thing . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Why I Carry In Hotels Edition

Wilson Combat Bill Wilson Carry on the rocks (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

I travel quite a bit for TTAG, and as a result I have spent a good number of nights in hotels. Thanks to budget restrictions, those hotels haven’t always been the nicest, and as a result I have come up with a personalized rating system for how nice and safe a hotel feels: do I keep the safety on or off for my nightstand gun. A story out of my home base of San Antonio shows that even when you’re staying in a “safety on” hotel, it pays to always be ready . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Killer Tortoise Edition

Tortoise (courtesy

“Charles Onegiu, who is attached to Ndew Police Post in Ndew sub-county, says he was in his grass-thatched hut sipping away on a cup of tea when the incident happened,” reports. “The tortoise crept in and when Onegiu tried to scare it off, the hard-shelled creature appeared unfazed, and instead turned aggressive. The policeman, who had just returned home after a long field day training crime preventers, tried to wave off his unwanted visitor. ‘I tried to scare it but the tortoise became very aggressive. I took a stick to chase it but it instead became more violent making me to make alarm . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Licensed Concealed Carrier Stops Shooting in Chicago. Yes, Chicago.

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Quick, will someone please remove all of the sharp objects from Mayor Rahm’s office? He’s probably just getting what passes for very disturbing news in the City of Big Shoulders. And while they’re at it, will someone also make sure there’s no liquor or other intoxicants within police superintendent McCarthy’s reach? God knows he’s had his problems with the demon rum in the past and Garry’s not going to be any happier than Rahm is when he hears that a licensed concealed carrier stopped a shooting in progress in their town on Friday . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Pro Forma Edition


“Sharon Duvernay, who now wants to move, said she plans to buy guard dogs and update her security system as well as install cameras on all sides of her home. ‘We’re putting better lighting everywhere and we’re thinking about barb-wired or razor-wired fencing,’ she said. ‘Regular activities, like taking out the trash, and every little noise will put me on high alert.'” What’s prompting all of the alarm in little Lake Los Angeles, California? The fact that 63-year-old Christopher Hubbart, aka The Pillowcase Rapist, is being released and will be moving in next door . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Twofer Edition

Corner of Love Lane and Bryant Cresent, Jamaica (courtesy Google maps)

“According to the police, the licensed firearm holder had gone to a garage at the intersection of Love Lane and Bryant Crescent [on the island of Jamaica] to effect repairs to his motor car when he was attacked by the two men who attempted to rob him,” “The police say one of the men was armed with a pistol. ‘He was forced to protect himself, and this time the law-abiding citizen prevailed,’ said one detective at the scene. The dead men have been identified as . . .

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Just Another Defensive Gun Use (of the Day)

Arlington Police arrived after the DGU, of course (courtesy

Crime report via

ROBBERY BY FORCE, 140602055, 2700 block of S. Adams Street. On May 30 at 11:30 pm, a 27 year old victim was allegedly forced into his apartment by four subjects and robbed of his wallet and cellphone. The victim brandished a firearm and the suspects dropped his belongings and fled on foot. Suspect one is described as a black male in his twenties, approximately 6’1″ and 210 lbs. He was wearing a light blue t-shirt, light blue jeans, and white Nike sneakers. Suspect two is described as a black male in his twenties, approximately 5’9″ and 155 lbs. He was wearing an oversized green polo t-shirt, brown khakis, and brown boat shoes. Suspect three is described as a Hispanic female in her mid twenties approximately, 5’3″ and 130 lbs with green eyes and black hair. She was wearing a black blouse and checkered pants. Suspect four is described as a black female in her mid twenties approximately, 5’2″ and 120 lbs with a long red wig. She was wearing a purple dress with brown boots. [h/t BM]


Question of the Day: Do You Know Anyone Who’s Shot a Bad Guy?

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A reader writes:

“Last week one of my co-workers (and friend) said we should get lunch sometime to discuss something that he knew I would be interested in, but didn’t want to discuss around the office (cube farm, no privacy). So we had lunch last Friday and he told me about what happened to him earlier this month. He was involved in a defensive gun use where he shot and killed his attacker. I was shocked . . .

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It Should’ve Been A Defensive Gun Use: Crashing Boar Edition

Russia hearts gun control. D’uh. How could ruling Mother Russia’s oligarchs and government tyrants maintain their stranglehold on power if the citizenry were armed? So, really, this video about a wild boar attacking Russian “peasants” and their feeble efforts to kill the thing could have been a This Is What Happens to A Disarmed Populace post. But I shared an animal attack story under that heading yesterday (out of the People’s Republic of California). So let’s go with “it should have been a defensive gun use.” Because, really, when a wild animal is attacking – no matter how many legs it has – a gat is a good thing to have. In case you didn’t know.