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 – fox5vegas.com
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 – fox17.com
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 – miami.cbslocal.com
“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 – twincities.com
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 – fox32chicago.com
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 – wpde.com
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 – chicago.suntimes.com
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 – kmov.com
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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