This one goes out to all you people who think that any gun owner who doesn’t train to operate operationally (while remaining tacticool) is putting themselves at a major disadvantage should they need to perform a defensive gun use. And it’s a shout-out to anyone who says all gun owners should have mandatory training before being “allowed” to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. “Cardell and his wife, Frances, were asleep when they heard a banging on their back door,” kfor.com reports. “’I grabbed my gun and loaded it,’ Cardell said . . .
Loading a gun is the hardest part of using a gun for the complete newbie, a classification which certainly applies to Mr. Cardell.
If it’s a semi, fuhgeddaboutit. Pushing the cartridges into the magazine requires careful cartridge placement, dexterity, coordination, strength and some practice. Inserting the magazine into the gun isn’t a walk in the park either; I’ve seen plenty of newbies fail to insert the mag far enough for it to remain in place. Racking the slide? Fail waiting to happen.
Of course, once it’s loaded, it’s loaded. At the risk of offending the aforementioned training enthusiasts, someone else can do it for you! As they say in the cooking shows, here’s one we prepared earlier. If we’re talking about a revolver, the process is WAY easier. Push the lever, put cartridges in the holes (bullets face forward), close the round thingie and you’re good to go. OK, back to the action . . .
Cardell, who is in his 70s, made his way into the living room and came face-to-face with a man armed with a shotgun.
“He kept hollering, ‘Get on the ground! Get on the ground,” Cardell said. “I told him, I said, ‘You better get out of here. And he kept a coming, so I fired.”
“I heard the shots and I didn’t know if the guy had shot my husband,” said Frances.
Fortunately, Cardell was not hurt.
However, police say his one round hit the alleged suspect in the chest.
“He had the right to do what he did,” said Jason Crouch, with the Shawnee Police Department. “You’re entitled to protect yourself and your family and your house.”
Cardell says he did not have any experience using a firearm.
“No! That’s my first time shooting a gun,” he said.
Frances said they bought the gun hoping to never need it, but now she’s glad it was there.
“This is something we never dreamed would have happened in our lifetime,” Frances said.
The alleged suspect ran off but police found him hiding under a neighbor’s truck.
Officers have identified the alleged suspect as 26-year-old Justin Ray Harjo, who lives in the Shawnee area.
He is now in the hospital in critical condition.
See? A man without any firearm training whatsoever successfully faced down a shotgun-wielding thug. Why would we deny other inexpert Americans the same opportunity to defend themselves by force of arms? Of course that does NOT mean that anyone who owns a gun shouldn’t train. Training increases the odds of survival dramatically.
Cardell says his gun jammed after he fired that first shot.
He says he doesn’t want to think about what would’ve happened had he not hit Harjo on the first try.
But maybe he should have. But thank God he didn’t have to. That is all.