Top 25 Reasons To Defend Our Right To Keep and Bear Arms
Here a piece of an article that should give us some extra thought on the cause and effect of gun related tragedies and why we need to look at the 2nd amendment right with accurate and intelligent thinking.
Reason #1: Gun Carrying Attorney Shoots and Kills Assailant: An article published by MSNBC told the tale of a nervous armed gunman attempting to rob some citizens in Columbia, South Carolina who confronted attorney Jim Corley demanding he give him his wallet. Corley agreed to comply and reached around to his back pocket and pulled a small Kel-Tec .32 pistol hidden in a wallet holster loaded with six hollow-point rounds. Unfortunately for Kayson Helms, 18, of Edison New Jersey, Corley gave him more than he bargained for. The attorney fired once into the robber’s stomach. The young would-be robber turned and ran. Corley fired twice more, hitting him the neck and torso. Bleeding profusely, Helms ran into the night and later collapsed and died on a railroad embankment 100 feet away.
Reason #2: Female Marine Kills Attacker in Self-Defense: Marine Cpl. Rayna Ross bought a gun (in a non-waiting period state) and used it to kill an attacker in self-defense two days later. Had a 5-day waiting period been in effect, Ms. Ross would have been defenseless against the man who had been stalking her.
Reason #3: A Pastor Shot and Wounded a Man Who Broke onto his Detroit Church: Lawrence Adams went to Westside Bible Church on Sunday evening and found the intruder inside the building, said Detroit police Sgt. Eren Stephens. The man began swinging an object at the retired police lieutenant, who pulled out a handgun and shot him in the abdomen, he said.
Reason #4: Minneapolis Good Neighbor Apprehends Robbery Suspect: Seeing an armed criminal rob a woman of her purse at gunpoint and pistol-whip her, a Minneapolis CCW holder pursued the robber in an attempt to capture him, which resulted in a confrontation in which the citizen had to shoot the robber, who later died of his wounds.
Reason #5: North Dakota Senior Citizen Stops Burglary With Gun:Hearing a loud noise and seeing an intruder in the house at 4:00am, a woman alerted her sleeping husband, who armed himself with a pistol and went to investigate. The 82-year old husband found the 26-year old burglar in the home, and held him at gunpoint until the police arrived. Both the burglar and would-be victims were unharmed and the criminal faces felony charges.
Reason #6: Temple University Student Fights Off Armed Robbers: A 21-year old Temple student and friend were accosted by a 15-year old armed robber and two accomplices about 2:00am near the university. When the armed assailant fired on the student in the course of the robbery, the student drew his legally-carried pistol and returned fire. The student sustained gunshot wounds to the stomach, and the robber was shot in the chest and leg. Philadelphia Police will place felony charges against the 15-year old assailant upon his release from the hospital.
Reason #7: Ohio Woman Shoots Ex-Boyfriend That Restraining Order Failed to Stop: An Ohio woman who feared that her ex-boyfriend and father of their two children was not going to be deterred by the restraining order requiring him to stay away armed herself with a pistol and was glad she did when the ex-boyfriend broke into her home and assaulted her with a crowbar. Fearing for her life, she shot and killed the intruder. Under Ohio’s newly-adopted Castle Doctrine, there is a presumption of self-defense in circumstances such as these.
Reason #8: Armed Naples Florida Clerk Foils Robbery and Kidnap Attempt: A 22 year-old clerk was changing shifts at a family-owned convenience store when an armed man entered and demanded money. He also grabbed a stroller holding one of the clerk’s two babies and tried to flee with the year-old child. That cost him his life, as the clerk pulled a gun kept behind the counter for protection and shot the would-be robber and kidnapper, wounding him and causing him to flee the store empty-handed. Tackled outside the store by an arriving employee who saw what had happened, the robber was held for police and later died of his injuries.
Reason #9: Released Inmate Shot Dead During Redding, CA Home Invasion: 37-year-old Jesse Theis was released early Thursday morning from the Shasta County Jail and before sun-up Friday, he invaded a Redding, CA home. The 66-year-old female homeowner fired warning shots when she heard someone trying to force entry into her home. When the invader tried a short time later to climb into her window, she shot him dead. Theis had been released due to a county prison policy designed to ease over-crowding by requiring the daily release of those inmates prison officials deemed “low-risk.”
Reason #10: Beaumont, TX Homeowner Fights Off Two Young Home Invaders: Two Texas youths picked the wrong house to try to invade. Both armed, the two forced their way into a Beaumont home about 2 a.m. on a Sunday morning and demanded money of the owner. While tussling with the armed intruders, the homeowner was able to get to his own gun, and fatally shot one of his attackers and drove off the second one. The dead robber was found in an adjacent field by responding police. No charges have been filed against the homeowner, who was acting in self-defense.
Reason #11: Armed Houston Dad Foils Attack on 14-Year-Old Daughter: Hearing a commotion shortly after his daughter had left for school early one morning, Richard Goodie left his house to see two men, one of them armed, accosting his daughter. Goodie’s warning shot failed to frighten off the assailants, one of whom put the daughter in a choke hold and a pistol to her head while threatening to kill the girl if her father did not back off. While the assailant was dragging the daughter away, some space opened up between the daughter and the bad guy, allowing the father to shoot the suspect in the stomach, ending the encounter and putting the second suspect to flight. No charges are expected against the father, who says he did what he had to do to save his daughter.
Reason #12: NC Woman Defends Family Members: A North Carolina family was returning to their vehicle at 1 a.m. after some Black Friday shopping at a Myrtle Beach, SC Walmart when they were set upon by armed robbers. One of the robbers shot a woman in the foot, even though she had surrendered her purse on their demand. The woman’s son attempted to protect his mother, and was shot at and pistol-whipped for his efforts. The woman’s sister, hearing shots fired as she entered her vehicle, picked up her own loaded pistol from the vehicle’s console and confronted the robbers. Not wanting to shoot directly at the robbers for fear of hitting her family or bystanders, she fired two shots over the heads of each robber, scaring them off. Her family credits the legally-armed woman with saving the lives of her sister and nephew.
Reason #13: Ohio Woman Fights Off Sex Offender: An Ohio woman had her concealed pistol permit for three years, but wasn’t sure whether she could actually use the gun if needed. She found out recently that she could when a 23-year-old sex offender accosted her at a bank and forced his way into her car while making sexually suggestive remarks. The woman was able to reach her pistol in her car console but couldn’t bring it to bear against her attacker while struggling with him in the confined space of her vehicle. Her warnings of having a gun had no effect on the assailant, so she stuck the gun out the open passenger door and fired one shot in the air, scaring him off. Police apprehended him a short time later in the same area. The woman now knows she is capable of defending herself, and urges other women to take heart from her experience and prepare to defend themselves. Police said her use of the gun was appropriate, and was exactly the reason law-abiding people get carry permits.
Reason #14: A Wisconsin Crime Stopped by Legally Armed Citizen: Undeterred by the presence of unarmed security guards, two armed robbers entered a Milwaukee convenience store. The attempted robbery was successfully foiled when a store customer pulled his legally-carried pistol and shot one robber who was armed with a shotgun. The customer held both robbers at gunpoint while waiting for police to arrive. This is the first known instance of a legally-armed citizen stopping a crime following the recent passage of Wisconsin’s shall-issue carry law. The legally-armed citizen is not expected to face charges. Ironically, the convenience store door bears a small sign declaring, “Weapons of any kind are prohibited.”
Reason #15: A Tennessee Man Stops Burglar: A Knoxville man got out of his shower to investigate strange noises in his house. Arming himself with a 12-gauge shotgun, he found a 21-year-old local man had broken into his home. Two rounds from the shotgun put the burglar to flight with a wound to his backside. An accomplice drove the burglar away from the crime scene and reportedly pushed him out of the car at a McDonald’s restaurant. The burglar will face felony charges upon his release from the hospital. Police reported that evidence of the break-in was consistent with the homeowner’s version of events. The defending homeowner is not expected to be prosecuted.
Reason #16: A South Carolinian Kills Armed Restaurant Robber: Two masked robbers entered a Spartanburg Waffle House Restaurant, ordering the employees into a back room and the customers to lay down on the floor. Not content to take matters lying down, a customer confronted the two robbers with his legally-carried pistol and ordered them to disarm and await police. Instead, one of the robbers pointed his pistol at the customer, who promptly shot him dead. The second robber was later apprehended after fleeing the scene. Police say the armed customer acted lawfully in self-defense.
Reason #17: A Pregnant California Mom Flights Off Two Intruders: Seeing two strange men entering her home in Fortuna, a young pregnant woman pointed a pistol at them and ordered them out. When they refused to leave, she fired on the men, missing them, but scared them off. Needless to say, she is thankful she had a gun.
Reason #18: An Oklahoma Man Foils Daylight Home Invasion:Alerted by his dog barking at 7:45 a.m., a Midwest City man grabbed his handgun to investigate two loud kicks to his front door. Leaving his bedroom, he encountered an armed man in his living room. One shot from the homeowner’s pistol felled the intruder, who later died in hospital of the single wound to his chest. The burglar had a criminal history that included illegal possession of a firearm. Police say the defensive shooting appears to be justified.
Reason #19: A Pennsylvania Cyclist Ends Teen Robbery Spree: Several teenage robbers accosted a Reading, PA senior citizen while he enjoyed a morning bike ride in a public park. Two of the youths knocked him from his bike and demanded money while beating him. The 65-year-old biker pulled his legally carried pistol and shot two robbers, killing one. Police have determined that this was the third robbery the teens committed that morning while they were skipping school. The local district attorney ruled the shootings justified, and that the cyclist had no choice but to shoot in self-defense.
Reason #20: A Texas Mother Defends Home and Child: A Fort Worth mother came home from picking up her young son at school to find an unwelcome surprise: a man in the act of burglarizing her home. Taking up her legally-owned pistol, she shot the intruder in the leg and put him to flight. She then chased him at gunpoint out of her house and down a nearby street, where she lost him. Responding police found the wounded intruder hiding in a creek not far from the scene. Charges are pending the suspect’s release from hospital.
Reason #21: An Armed Colorado Physician Rescues 50 Bystanders from Hostage Situation: When an armed Colorado Springs man entered his facility and took two female employees hostage, a doctor with a carry permit took up his pistol from its storage place in the office and covered an exit while 50 people escaped from the building and the potentially deadly situation. Police arrived a short time later and entered into negotiations with the gunman, attempting a peaceful resolution. Unfortunately, it was not to be, as police later shot and killed the gunman after negotiations ended in a confrontation. The two hostages were unharmed. The 50 people able to escape the building were thankful that the physician was armed as well as willing and able to use the weapon in their defense.
Reason #21: An Early-Morning North Carolina Home Invader Shot and Killed by Armed Woman: A Gastonia woman will not face charges for shooting and killing a 28-year-old home invader. The 911 tape of the homeowner’s call to police detailed the incident, which happened at 1:15 a.m. The woman heard people outside her home, and then glass breaking as they forced their way into her home. She was holed up in her bedroom with a pistol while speaking with the 911 dispatcher. When the intruder entered her bedroom, she fired one shot. When the intruder kept on coming at her, she fired again, killing him.
Reason #21: An Alert, Armed Texas Neighbor Ends Burglary: Hearing odd noises next door, a concerned Longview resident took up his legally-owned pistol and investigated. Looking into his neighbor’s unoccupied home, he saw two strange men inside, one with a handgun. In the ensuing brief gunfight, one of the burglars was wounded in the ankle and was captured by police. The other burglar fled. The armed neighbor will not face charges.
Reason #22: A Michigan CCW Holder Stops Knife Assault: A wanted parole violator armed himself with a knife and tried unsuccessfully to rob a man in a car in the parking lot of a Royal Oak convenience store. Scared off by someone shouting at him from a nearby vehicle, the knife-wielding bad guy turned on a young couple with a baby and demanded money. Hearing the commotion, a carry permit holder in the parking lot drew his weapon and confronted the would-be robber, ordering him to drop the knife. The robber reluctantly complied, and the armed citizen successfully held him at gunpoint for police. Investigators praised the armed citizen for his quick action.
Reason #23: A South Carolina Convenience Store Owner Stops Armed Robber: A Conway, SC convenience store owner was leaving his closed store for his car one night when he was accosted by a man brandishing a gun and demanding money. The owner pulled his own legally-carried pistol, and in the ensuing exchange of gunfire, the 29-year-old robber, who had a long criminal record, was killed. The robber’s female get-away driver was arrested and charged with attempted murder and attempted armed robbery. Authorities ruled the shooting by the store owner justified.
Reason #24: A 15-Year Old Georgia Boy Stops Home Invasion, Kills Burglar: Two men broke into a Martinez, GA apartment and attacked the tenant. Hearing the commotion and seeing his father under attack, the 15-year-old son took up his .22 rifle and shot the attackers, killing one and putting the second to flight. No charges will be filed against the boy, who was defending his home and family.
Reason #25: A California Senior Citizen Shoots and Routs Home Invaders: California Senior Citizen Shoots and Routs Home Invaders: A 62-year-old former Marine heard a loud noise as two men broke into the Modesto, California home he shared with his stepson. Seeing the burglars accosting the stepson, the homeowner retrieved a .357 Magnum revolver and fired on the intruders twice, striking one in the leg and putting both to flight. The injured burglar will face criminal charges on his release from hospital. His accomplice remains at large. The homeowner will not face charges for the shooting.