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John “More Gun, Less Crime” Lott’s got a new gig. Instead of compiling and disseminating mind-numbing firearms-related statistics, Mr. Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) is pumping-out press releases chronicling defensive gun uses. While we would recommend proper attribution and links to the stories presented [added to this post], point taken. Every day, Americans are relying on firearms to protect life and limb. Successfully.

Okaloosa County, Florida – New York Post

A father in Florida is being credited with thwarting an attempted kidnapping of his 17-year-old daughter, firing shots as four teenage suspects tried to break into his garage, police said.

An investigation revealed that the teens believed the father to be wealthy and had hatched a plot to rob his house and kidnap his daughter, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible home-invasion robbery in progress at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at a home in Baker. The 51-year-old homeowner told authorities his daughter had called him to say that someone tried to block the roads to their home with barrels — an apparent attempt to force her to exit her car and walk.

Instead, she simply drove around them, according to a statement by the sheriff’s office.

He saw some people trying to force their way into his garage and fired three shots, sending the would-be intruders scurrying into the woods, police said.

Rochester, New York, evening of November 10, 2017 – WHEC

According to the Rochester Police Department, a repairman was doing work outside of a house on the 300 block of Sixth Street when a male suspect brandished a gun and attempted to rob him. The repairman, a licensed firearm owner, confronted the suspect, leading to an exchange of gunfire. The repairman was not hit, but the suspect was.

Las Vegas, Nevada, November 9, 2017 –

A man suspected of stabbing his stepfather was shot by a witness to stop him in east Las Vegas Thursday morning, according to Metro Police.

Police said someone passing by saw a “suspicious interaction” in a vehicle that rocked back and forth. It was a dispute between a stepfather and stepson. The witness saw 30-year-old James Garcia stab his stepfather inside the vehicle. The witness, who had a concealed carry weapon, screamed at Garcia to stop. Garcia walked toward the witness, then returned to the car, where it appeared he would stab his stepfather again. The witness fired his gun at Garcia, hitting him in the stomach, stopping him, Metro said.

Police initially said the man who was shot was taken to Sunrise Hospital in critical condition then said his condition was unknown but “stable.” Police said the man that was stabbed was “stable” at Sunrise Hospital.

Nashville, Tennessee, November 9, 2017 –

Metro Police said a buyer turned the tables on a seller who was trying to rob them near West Nashville Kroger while meeting up for an online sale.

Police Lt. Matt Sears said the two people were meeting up for the purchase of a vehicle — but at one point the seller brandished a gun and tried to rob the buyer. But, police said the buyer had a gun of their own and shot the seller.]

Miami, Florida, November 9, 2017 – 

“He attacked my Dad and he defended himself,” said Jennifer Beriguete, who says her 45-year-old father Serban Berigete was attacked at the Cooperstown Barbershop at 2060 N.W. 22nd Ave. in Allapattah just after 11 a.m.

She told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “His attacker got shot when he stabbed my dad. My dad defended himself by shooting him. I am pretty stunned and pretty upset. But I hope for the best for my dad.” . . .

St. Paul, Minnesota, November 7, 2017 –

A man was shot Tuesday night in downtown St. Paul when he tried to rob a man who was carrying a gun, police say.

“It appears the would-be robbery victim shot the would-be robber,” Steve Linders, a St. Paul Police Department spokesman, said of the incident near Mears Park in the Lowertown area.

The attempted robbery occurred about 8 p.m. at Fifth and Wacouta streets, Linders said.

Chicago, Illinois, November 6, 2017 –

Police say the shooting is an example of a legal gun owner using his weapon to protect himself.

On September 13, surveillance video shows a gunman entered the Advance Auto Parts store in Dolton, went behind the service counter and came face to face with a customer while two employees locked themselves in a washroom and called 911. . . .

The gunman was shot and killed. Not by police, but by the customer he had confronted earlier. That customer had gone outside, hid behind a car and fired three shots. One shattered the glass door, the others took down the robber. The shooter did have a concealed carry permit.

Prosecutors reviewed the case and decided not to charge the shooter.

Surfside Beach, South Carolina, November 6, 2017 –

Officers on scene said one of the suspects pulled a gun on the business owner.

Hoffmann said the business owner then pulled a gun and fired at the suspects. The suspects then fled the scene.

No one was injured during the incident.

Chicago, Illinois, November 5, 2017 – 

A 23-year-old man was walking into his home about 1:20 a.m. when a 20-year-old walked up behind him in the 500 block of East 38th and pulled out what appeared to be a gun while he announced a robbery, according to Chicago Police.

The older man took out his own legally-owned handgun and fired at the robber, police said. The younger man was shot in the abdomen and both legs.

North St. Louis, Missouri, November 2, 2017 – 

Authorities say a victim and two robbery suspects were wounded when they exchanged fire during a robbery in Old North St. Louis.

Police say the incident happened at a BP gas station the intersection of Madison and Florissant around 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

The victim went up to the gas station window to buy something. He had a gun in his waistband, police said. He has a CCW permit.

A suspect then tried to grab the gun, but the victim pulls out another gun before the suspect fired shots. The victim then returned fire wounding the suspect.

Police said another suspect got out of a car and he was also hit. One suspect was shot in the leg and the other was shot in the stomach.

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  1. “A suspect then tried to grab the gun, but the victim pulls out another gun before the suspect fired shots. The victim then returned fire wounding the suspect.”

    Haha! You fell for the oldest trick in the book, what a goof!

  2. That Chicago, November 6, incident puzzles me. It sounds like the customer got away from the store, then retrieved his weapon and shot into the store at the bad guy.

    And in Chicago they decided not to prosecute????

    • The customer fled the store but didn’t want to get in his car (kill box), so he was hiding behind it. The thug failed to force the back door open and came out the front door where the customer considered him a lethal threat and shot him.

      It’s not the cleanest shoot I’ve ever heard of, but since he didn’t get arrested I’m going to assume it was more obvious to the people on scene.

  3. But but but… Piers Morgan said these events never happen! Shannon Watts calls then fabrications! Our media overlords don’t cover them, so they must not be true!

  4. I wish Lott and his group well. However…..

    DGU stories are no more effective against the anti-gun gang than hard, cold, dull, boring statistics proving they are wrong about everything. Indeed, anti-gunners are like my neighbor. I asked to borrow his lawn mower, but he refused. I noted he had just cut his lawn, and wouldn’t need the mower for at least the rest of the day. Neighbor replied that he would not let me borrow the lawn mower because Trump is president. I asked, “What does that have to do with borrowing your mower?” Neighbor responded, “Nothing, but when I don’t want to let you borrow my mower, one excuse is as good as another.”

    My in-family anti-gun members dismiss DGUs as being a case of uncaring, of being judge/jury/executioner/, of eliminating due process of law from those injured or killed due to a DGU. I began to push guilt back on these people. I declared that they were guilty of wanting people to be killed and injured, because my family members would rather the people committing a successful DGU be dead, themselves. My family members proudly proclaimed that it was fair and just that the people being attacked be killed or injured because: a)the “victim” had no right to take a life, regardless; b) being unable to defend yourself with a gun is the price a free people pay to ensure innocents are not shot by mentally impaired people; c) attackers are being killed when they should, at most, be disabled and turned over to police.

    Now, is the reasoning of my anti-gun family members ignorant, uninformed, cowardly, or just plain stupid?

    • In your place, I would thank them for the information and inform them that, should they find themselves in danger, you will respect their wishes by abandoning them to their fate.

      • “…should they find themselves in danger, you will respect their wishes by abandoning them to their fate.”

        Funny you mention that. I did promise them that I would never use a gun to defend them against any deadly attack. But would they agree, in return, to not bug me about being interested in guns?


        • If you really want to make their heads explode, give them a copy of Andrew Branca’s book, The Law of Self Defense.

          You might also ask them, if they saw a police officer under attack and losing and they had the power to rescue him, would they act or not? I’ve watched two videos of police officers being shot (one fatally) where it would have been feasible for a passing motorist to terminate the attack by running over the assailant.

          • Whenever a couple of us need to go to the grocery store, I always wander off, saying I am going to look at the books. Magazines and books are co-located, so I pick up whatever gun mag is easiest to grab. That way, without saying a word, I create fear, uncertainty and displeasure. When someone finds me with a gun publication in hand, I close the pages, look at the family member and tell them, “I’ve read all the books they have here.” I am counting on whoever I ride with to complain to their family members, which created exponential FUD (fear, uncertainty and displeasure…they don’t know I only have that .22 Beretta plinker).

            I don’t get invited to very many “family” gatherings.

    • You can choose your friends, but not your family. Just stay away from them. You’ll all have less stress.

      • “Just stay away from them. You’ll all have less stress.”

        I know they would agree, but there is perverse joy in watching them wait for me to bring up guns. I intentionally do not, but they do stress.

    • I gave my father in law a copy of the NRA magazine opened to the page of the armed citizen or whatever they call it, I think he found it interesting. He’s not really anti-gun, but definitely not pro-carry. But he’s British Australian so considering that background probably pretty open minded on the topic.

    • F’n A we do! Stories of good people staying good people despite dirt bag’s best efforts to make them worm food is always nice to hear.

  5. Lott’s good value but he’s too ready to believe the BS media ‘accounts’ of these incidents w/out proper investigation…… Sandy Hook had more holes in it than a Swiss cheese…Vegas is shaping up to be the same….

  6. “The Armed Citizen” has been publishing these news stories for many years
    The veteran website “This ain’t hell”
    also does a daily “morning feel good stories” reprinting newspaper articles about citizens defending themselves
    The best part is the comments section
    The play a scrabble game with the criminals’ names
    Extra points for dead right there or dead over there
    It is very entertaining
    Check it out

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