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Friday, August 03, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: THE ARMED CITIZEN

Records indicate that firearms are used more than 2 million times a year for personal protection as corroborated by the Centers for Disease Control data. The mere presence of a firearm very often prevents crime without a shot being fired.

The following news items gathered from around the United States were reprinted by the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) four different magazines. They substantiate the validity of personal protection claims. The NRA agrees to let anyone reproduce these accounts. I took them up on their offer. Here are a few of the accounts.

A Houston woman who woke up and saw a strange man standing in her bedroom early January 1, 2018 didn’t think he was there to wish her Happy New Year. She grabbed the handgun she keeps by her bed for defensive purposes. When the meddler stepped toward her as she aimed the gun, she fire. The police did not charge the resident of the home. (chron.com, 1/2/18)

Politicians in Chicago might have a noted antipathy toward guns, but one city resident is alive today because he stood by his Second Amendment-protected right staunchly enough to get a carry permit. A 58-year-old man was accosted by an armed thug on the street one day. The bad guy allegedly pulled a gun and demanded his would-be victim’s valuables. Instead, his quarry drew his lawfully carried handgun and shot his assailant. The 23-year-old robber later died. Police found the gun the dead man apparently used at the crime scene. (Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, Ill., 2/10/18)

When a man in Merced, California, kicked in the door of a home of a man armed with a shotgun, it proved to be a deadly mistake. The intruder apparently had been out drinking and thought he was forcing his way into the home of an acquaintance with whom he had a beef. It was after 10:00 p.m., and the homeowner fired a shot in self-defense, investigators said, after the stranger approached the armed citizen, even though the gun was at the ready. The alleged burglar was taken to the hospital where he later died. (Merced Sun Star, Merced, California, 1/4/18)

For those who say armed citizens don’t prevent crime, tell them about an Ohio case that illustrates just that. A resident heard a tapping noise early in the morning that he figured was someone trying to get into his home, so he grabbed his gun and met the intruder at the front door. At the mere sight of a gun, the interloper turned tail and ran. After the armed citizen called the police, they investigated and tracked down the suspect and charged him with aggravated trespassing. (Sandusky Register, Sandusky, Ohio, 1/16/18)

In a…recent case of an armed citizen helping out law enforcement, a Utah police officer was scuffling with someone near a clothing donation collection bin. A passerby who was carrying a concealed handgun did what a law-abiding gun owner would be expected to do. He stopped his car, got out, aimed at the assailant, and yelled at him to stop. The man scurried off and was later arrested and charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer. The officer sustained a fractured eye socket and lacerations. (Associated Press, Springville, Utah, 2/4/18)

During a 911 call, a Georgia woman reported she had shot a man who tried to assault her after emerging from his hiding place in a closet. She said she initially tried to fight him off with a spoon, but he was relentless in his attack. She had to shoot to protect herself and her 12-year-old daughter. When police arrived, they found the wounded troublemaker lying outside the home. Investigators say he apparently stumbled out of the house before collapsing on the ground. The miscreant later was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police identified him as a one-time child molester who was listed on the state registry of sex offenders. No charges were filed against the armed citizen. (wtvy.com, Dothan, Ga., 2/6/18)

When a Clear Brook, Va., resident saw an intruder’s hands reaching through his bedroom window, he fired his 12-ga. shotgun, killing the interloper. Deputies found the suspect dead in the yard after they responded to a 911 call when the homeowner reported the shooting. (The Winchester Star, Winchester, Va., 3/5/18)

Many, many more accounts like these cite Americans defending their persons, property, and loved ones under America’s 1st Freedom. Google The Armed Citizen to view.

 

Dennis M. Patrick can be contacted at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  

 

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