It can be hard to quantify defensive gun uses. Sure, we hear about bad guys getting shot every day, but it’s rare these days for a story to be press-worthy if no shots are actually fired. Bruce Krafft does an excellent job cataloging the meager data available for no-shots-fired DGUs, and I can only point to the paucity of news reports in my daily searches that devote any column inches to stories with happy endings. Imagine my surprise when this gem from my hometown showed up…
Situational awareness paid off for a 23-year-old Akron, Ohio man, who, after pulling into a parking space at a local business, noticed two guys sitting in the adjacent car. The CCW holder watched them don ski masks, get out and approach him, pulling a gun as they did. This constitutes a grave danger to one’s life, and our CGU victim acted accordingly, drawing his weapon on the approaching threat. You can guess what happened next; the idiots ran away, as they nearly always do.
If there’s a handbook for aspiring thugs, I’m sure it mentions somewhere that you shouldn’t put on your mask while the victim’s watching you. Another tip: don’t go breaking into cars where people go to shoot guns. You wouldn’t think this is something that needs to be said, but apparently a guy in Houston didn’t think that through, trying to break into cars in a shooting-range parking lot, and getting perforated in the process.
Speaking of Houston, there are enough DGU incidents being reported to warrant a special section in the local news. Two more inicidents last week happened in Space City, where a salvage yard owner confronted two men stealing “expensive car parts” and fired several shots, hitting one of the thieves. Across town, an auto shop owner, tired of constant problems with the local scum, decided that if the crooks who just tried to jack his cash box were stupid enough to drive past the business again a few minutes later, then they deserved the several rounds sent in their direction.
A trend I’m noticing in many DGU incidents involves seniors – the armed ones, anyway. Some of these guys fought in jungles, and they don’t give a crap about your little hoodlum problems. Oh, and Sonny, if you come in a Vet’s home uninvited, he will shoot you dead. Another bad guy is horizontal after a brutal incident in Rapid City, South Dakota, where a 69-year-old man was awakened by the beating the home invader was giving him. Thomas Wilson, a Vietnam Veteran, put several rounds into his attacker, killing him instantly. The article notes Mr. Wilson’s truck has a window sticker that reads, “There’s nothing here worth your life.”
In Lake Elsinore, California, A 72-year-old man shot and killed an intruder who broke into his home at five in the morning. The unnamed, 51-year-old new morgue resident cut the power to Jerry Duncan’s home, then entered by pushing a window A/C into the house. Duncan, hearing the commotion, came down stairs, pistol in hand. He waited, standing quietly in the dark, assessing the situation. A man entered through the window and did not head Duncan’s repeated warnings. Duncan fired a single shot, and police found the guy about fifteen feet from the house.
There’s one other interesting stat I’ve noticed. Old people always seem to shoot to kill.