Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Virtual Edition

According to, a Strongsville, Ohio family heard someone trying to break in when, “the husband yelled ‘get the gun’ and the burglar ran off, the report said. The residents didn’t get a good look at the fleeing man — only his shadow — but police got a description of a very tall man wearing a gray stocking cap.” Of course, if the family had lived in a common-sense gun control jurisdiction – one in which it’s highly unlikely a typical family would actually have a gun – things might have gone differently. Amazingly, there seems to be some value to keeping would-be home invaders guessing as to whether their potential victims will be armed.



  1. avatar 2Wheels says:

    Same exact thing happened to an uncle of mine, even the verbal threat of a gun can send some badguys running.

  2. avatar mikeb302000 says:

    Yeah, “virtual” is right, as in might have happened, or almost happened.

    It must have been a slow day in the DGU world.

    1. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

      Oh, okay. This is another one that doesn’t count because nobody died, huh?

      1. avatar William says:

        Now you know he won’t read those or if he does he will hold his hands over his ears while shouting “no, no, no” to himself (or the mental equivalent.) Otherwise he would lose that fantasy world and have to face reality.

    2. avatar Pro Libertate says:

      Mike’s weighted facts table conversion slide rule to count in his opinion on a civilians right to own a firearm©

      Verbal DGU = +.0000001
      DGU = +.01
      Negligent behavior by a legal gun owner (ND, etc) = -1.9
      A gangbanger using a stolen gun that he acquired illegally and who is out on parole from some violent felony = -13.8

      For example, having heard about this incident, he will add .0000001 points to his overall score for his opinion on civilian gun ownership.

      Anytime a criminal willingly violates any gun law, he subtracts 13.8 points.

      The lower the number, the less Mike wants law abiding citizens to legally own a very effective tool for self defense.

  3. avatar supton says:

    Seems like a decent usage of a “gun”. Actually, it does bring up the a question: if someone is trying to break in, what’s better to yell:

    -“I’m calling the cops!”
    -“Honey, get my gun!”
    -“Take one step into my house and I’ll blow your head off!”

    Depending upon one’s locality, I suspect the last option may not be the best one to automatically yell. Or that it may never be a good one. [Of course one could tame it down a bit, such as, “I’ve got a gun and I will shoot you” but I’m not sure how much different that sounds in court, in case anything “goes wrong” or even if you simply admit to it, post-non-shooting-incident.]

  4. avatar ST says:

    Zero-shot stopping power.

  5. avatar Ralph says:

    Please, someone, anyone, the next time mikey enters any comment whatsoever, respond “get the gun.” Maybe he’ll disappear.

    I can dream, can’t I?

  6. avatar CarlosT says:

    A high number of DGUs feature no shots fired, in that the mere presence of the gun causes the criminal to end their attempt. In this case, the mere idea of a gun was enough. Sounds great to me. None of this is possible, of course, if citizens are denied weapons to defend themselves. We all know that, of course, and Mike will continue to deny it.

    1. avatar Tom says:

      True. And yes, Strongsville is a wonderful little fascist place. Cousin used to live there.

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