Estimates put the number of gun owners in California at about 4 million out of a population of just under 40 million people. Of course, that’s according to the assiduously anti-gun operation run by Garen Wintemute at UC-Davis. The real number is probably twice that. Maybe more.
Even in the state that takes pride in enacting new restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms almost weekly, there are lots of gun owners. That’s because no matter what the state’s attitude may be toward those who avail themselves of their Second Amendment rights, there’s no shortage of people who choose to have the ability to protect themselves and their families.
People like this Lancaster home owner.
As reported by abc7.com . . .
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives say the man got into the home through one of the downstairs rear windows and walked into an upstairs bedroom.
That’s when the homeowner who feared for the safety of himself and his children grabbed a gun and fired a shot, hitting the suspect, according to authorities.
The family inside the home at the time was not injured.
This was no smash-and-grab job. It was an early morning daylight break-in and as the video above shoes, the home invader had approached at least one other house in the neighborhood before choosing the wrong bedroom to stroll into.
On Tuesday, the county coroner’s office identified the man as 27-year-old Michael Lashomb, and confirmed his cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.
Residents of the neighborhood are feeling on edge about their own safety after the incident and say they believe their neighbor was justified in the shooting.
“I would do the same thing,” said one neighbor, Darrell Jones.
No one knows what Lashomb was up to. And thanks to the quick action of the unidentified home owner, we probably never will.