Defensive gun use stories are not only commonplace, they also tend to elegantly prove exactly the points pro-2A people have been making until our faces turn blue. One of those points is that people who manage to get themselves shot by armed citizens often have an extensive criminal history. As in, they’ve had their second chance, and sometimes their third. Or more.
In this case, a homeowner in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle heard loud banging sounds at 4:15am. He got up, grabbed his handgun, and walked out of his room to find that a 35-year-old man trying to break down his door after having already broken into the mudroom.
The homeowner fired one shot, center mass, through the window of the door. The invader ran off, and the homeowner did the right thing by going back inside and dialing 9-1-1, reporting a dark-colored station wagon outside his home which he believed belonged to the stranger.
The intruder didn’t get far before he was dropped off at a nearby hospital by his sister with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was promptly arrested on an outstanding warrant (go figure). The station wagon was found a few blocks from the victim’s home, covered in dried blood.
Like many Americans, the victim of this home invasion lives in a neighborhood that’s changed during his lifetime. Fifteen years ago, according to a neighbor, residents of Ballard could sleep with their doors open. Of course, that may just be nostalgia speaking, but either way, it’s a good thing the victim had the clear-sightedness and wherewithal to be armed.