Henry Shuster is apparently the kind of guy who gets up and going early in the morning. He left his Nashville home at OMG:30 Wednesday morning for breakfast. When he got back, he found evidence of a break-in.
Metro Nashville police say a 72-year-old Henry Schuster came home after eating breakfast to find a kitchen window screen lying on the floor along with several other items. According to investigators, he drew a pistol and began searching each room of the home.
It didn’t take Shuster long to find the uninvited visitor.
Police say he encountered 27-year-old Taylor Lowery in a bathroom. Schuster told police he shot Lowery when he lunged at him and tried to grab for the gun.
This apparently wasn’t Lowery’s first interaction with the criminal justice system.
Lowery later died from his wounds at a local hospital. According to newschannel5.com, prosecutors are reviewing the case, but police consider the shooting a justifiable homicide. If we had to wager, we’d say the prosecutor with ultimately agree with the PD on this one. Prosecuting a septuagenarian who defended himself in his own home isn’t a good look for an elected official.
Even in those long-gone, good ol’ pre-covid days before riots, looting and social unrest, Americans used firearms to defend themselves hundreds of thousands — perhaps millions — of times each year, usually without ever pulling a trigger. Those guns prevented robberies, rapes, murders and assaults. That’s one of the reasons we enjoyed historically low violent crime rates for so many years.
Now, that seems to be changing. There are a lot of good reasons Americans have bought more than 8 million new guns since the beginning of March, many of them first-time buyers. The fact is, guns save lives. Far more than the number of lives lost when they’re used by criminals. Americans know that and want the tools to defend themselves. Just ask Henry Shuster about that.