At a little before 4 a.m. on September 16th, three armed criminals invaded a home in Gwinnett, Georgia. The video shows much of the action, but written accounts provide some interesting details.
In residence at the time of the attack: Chen Fengzu, a Chinese immigrant. A shop assistant was staying at the house that night as well. The shop assistant was rousted first. He shouted a warning, “No money!” and wasn’t armed. But Chen Fengzu was.
Ms. Fengzu’s husband had recently given his wife a gun. She’d fired it at the range all of one time. But with intruders in her house, she came out shooting.
From the video, it appears that she fired a full-sized semi-automatic pistol eight or nine times. She killed one invader and likely wounded another. From shanghaiist.com:
The burglars quickly fled under a hail of bullets. One of them was shot and died on Chen’s driveway. Another is believed to have been shot as well. Last week, the Gwinnett County Police Department released the footage of the incident, hoping it would help find the two fugitives who made it out alive and are still at large.
“She simply exercised her right to defend her livelihood and property,” said a local police department spokesman about the shooting. Chen’s husband had given her the gun just one month earlier. Prior to that night, she had only fired it once before, at a shooting range.
Whatever you think of Ms. Chen’s tactics, she acted with courage. China’s official government television has showed this video. In the United States, Chinese immigrants are advising their community to take advantage of their Second Amendment rights to arm and protect themselves.
Here’s a comment from the Youtube video site:
My sister in law is Chinese. If this was her, she would have shot dead all of them with two shots to the chest and one to the head before any would have reacted. She has a HKP9 and can fire with freakishly good accuracy and reload crazy fast.
Those considering the proposed ban on “large capacity magazines” like the one in California should take note of the fact that Ms. Chen shot her pistol empty. That might have made a critical difference if there’d been four intruders, or if they hadn’t fled so quickly. A pistol with an 11- to 20-shot standard magazine would have given her more defensive flexibility.
I’ve read of many instances in which inexperienced gun owners mount a successful armed self-defense. This video illustrates the simple fact that high levels of training aren’t necessary for effective action. While trained gun owners tilt the odds further in their favor, not everyone has the time, money or desire to become highly proficient in every useful skill.
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