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When Kids and Guns Mix.  The mainstream media won’t report stories of children who have successfully used guns in self-defense to save their lives.

Gun control regulations disarm women.  In reality, guns make women safer.  In a violent confrontation, guns reverse the balance of power.  Armed with a gun, a woman may even have the advantage over a violent attacker.  More than 90 percent of violent crimes occur without a firearm, according to federal statistics.  When a violent criminal threatens or attacks a woman, he rarely uses a gun.  Attackers use their size and physical strength, preying on women who are at a severe disadvantage.

Defensive Gun Use Statistics.  According to the National Self Defense Survey conducted by Florida State University criminologists in 1994, the rate of Defensive Gun Uses can be projected nationwide to approximately 2.5 million per year — one Defensive Gun Use every 13 seconds.  Among 15.7% of gun defenders interviewed nationwide during The National Self Defense Survey, the defender believed that someone “almost certainly” would have died had the gun not been used for protection — a life saved by a privately held gun about once every 1.3 minutes.

Guns save more lives than they take; prevent more injuries than they inflict.  Guns [are] used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense.  Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year — or about 6,850 times a day.  This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives.  Of the 2.5 million times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, the overwhelming majority merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers.  Less than 8% of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker.

Guns Used in Self-defense.  According to the authors of Cato’s recently released study on how often guns are used by citizens to prevent crime, “tens of thousands of crimes are prevented each year by ordinary citizens with guns.”  In a study of more than 5,000 news reports over an eight-year period, Clayton Cramer and David Burnett showed that the mere presence of an armed citizen thwarts many crimes, even beyond those that are reported by the police and subsequently printed in the newspaper.

How often do Americans use guns for defensive purposes?  Criminologist and researcher Gary Kleck, using his own commissioned phone surveys and number extrapolation, estimates that 2.5 million Americans use guns for defensive purposes each year.  He further found that of those who had used guns defensively, one in six believed someone would have been dead if they had not resorted to their defensive use of firearms.

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How Often Are Firearms Used in Self-Defense?  There are approximately two million defensive gun uses per year by law abiding citizens.  That was one of the findings in a national survey conducted by Gary Kleck, a Florida State University criminologist in 1993.

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Simple metal propulsion:  According to a 1993 survey conducted by Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck, approximately 2 million law-abiding citizens per year use guns to resist crimes.

Be prepared for evil.  Regardless of whether we can fathom the evil and carnage that some rabid monsters do, we must be prepared and ready to respond to evil at a moment’s notice. … Sleepadly, another lunatic will commit more mass carnage — maybe not tomorrow, next week or even next year.  But it will happen again, just as it did at Luby’s cafeteria in Texas, at Virginia Tech, at a McDonald’s in San Diego, at Columbine High School in Colorado and at a shopping mall in Omaha.

Colorado Shooting and Gun Control.  [Scroll down]  As a matter of fact, Gun Owners of America, at, cites statistics indicating guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense, or around 80 times a day (other statistics estimate this number could range as low as 1.5 million, but either number is a lot!).  This includes 200,000 women a year using guns to defend themselves against sexual abuse.  As a matter of fact, as of 2008, armed citizens killed more violent bad guys than the police (1,527 vs. 606).

The Truth About Guns.  [Scroll down]  Are Guns Useful for Self-Defense?  As it turns out, they are. According to research by renowned Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck, guns are used between 800,000 and 2.5 million times every year in self-defense.  A study by John Lott and David Mustard found that handguns appear to help women more than men.  While murder rates drop when either sex carries more guns, the effect is especially pronounced when women carry.


Black Americans March for MLK and a Shotgun.  For example, consider Charles Hicks.  A black American whose father, Robert Hicks, was “a prominent leader in Deacons for Defense and Justice — an organization of black men in Louisiana who used shotguns and rifles to repel attacks by white vigilantes during the 1960s.”  Hicks understands that without access to firearms, the Ku Klux Klan and others would have had their way with black citizens.

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Georgia College Student Saves Himself, Ten Friends By Shooting At Masked Attackers, Killing One.  But no, he shouldn’t have had an “evil gun”…

College Student Shoots, Kills Home Invader.  A group of college students said they are lucky to be alive and they’re thanking the quick-thinking of one of their own.  Police said a fellow student shot and killed one of two masked me who burst into an apartment.  Channel 2 Action News reporter Tom Jones met with one of the students to talk about the incident.  “Apparently, his intent was to rape and murder us all,” said student Charles Bailey.

Grandma With Gun Halts Store Robbery.  A gun-carrying grandmother in Milwaukee foiled an attempted robbery when she pulled a firearm on the suspect as he grabbed for her grocery store cash register.  Ernestine Aldana, 48, was behind the counter at the San Ignacio Market when a man in a dark hat pulled a knife on her and attempted to rob the store register, police said.

CBS Actually Covers Gun Self-Defense Case Promoted By NRA; ABC, NBC Punt.  On Friday’s [1/11/2013] CBS This Morning, Bill Plante refreshingly spotlighted how firearms are used to protect the lives of ordinary Americans.  Plante noted how the National Rifle Association “Tweeted a story… about Melinda Herman, a Georgia woman who shot an intruder in self-defense as she waited with her two children in a closet….  She fired at the man multiple times with a .38 caliber handgun.”  The two other Big Three morning shows failed to mention this story during their coverage of the current gun control debate.

School Shooting in Tennessee That National Media Did Not Report.  I am sure that no one outside of our immediate region has ever heard the story, because the only person who was shot — and killed — was the gunman.  These types of stories don’t fit the narrative of those who want “gun-free zones” and so are ignored by the national media.

Never bring a cattle prod to a gun fight.
Police: Fla. clerk’s gun beats thief’s cattle prod.  Authorities say a Florida Panhandle man has been arrested after he tried to rob a convenience store with a cattle prod but was thwarted by a clerk with a gun.

Armed businessman confronts thieves in the act, deputies say.  A 64-year-old man armed with a shotgun caught two burglary suspects in the act Monday [1/7/2013] and detained the men until deputies arrived, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office reported.  The owner of West Crane Services on Newport Avenue told deputies his business was burglarized last week, so he staked out the property at night anticipating the thieves would return.

Homeowner shoots at two men breaking into his Vallejo residence.  At about 11:45 a.m. the man found the two men breaking into his home in the 200 block of Windsor Court, police said.  The man then armed himself with a weapon and took a shot at the suspects, who fled the house in a champagne four-door late 1990s Cadillac, police said.

Concealed Carry Holder Teaches Armed Robber Why It’s a Bad Idea to Pull a Gun on a Dad.  A father in Columbus, Ohio was forced to defend himself and his 2-month-old son when a man pulled a gun and attempted to rob him on Monday night [1/7/2013].  Luckily, Kelby Smith, 34, owns a permit to carry a concealed handgun and was able to shoot the robber.

Armed Florida senior changes would-be robber’s life with legal handgun.  Here’s some more news for the media gatekeepers to bury, since it runs strongly counter to their preferred gun-control narrative:  a 71-year-old Florida man used his lawfully carried firearm to thwart an armed robbery at an Internet cafe in Ocala, Florida.

Girls With Guns.  In October 2012, 12-year-old Kendra St. Clair was also at home alone when a home invader kicked in her back door.  Her mother advised her over the phone to hide in the bathroom.  Luckily, the preteen grabbed her parents’ handgun first — and shot the intruder in the shoulder.  “When I had the gun, I didn’t think I was actually going to have to shoot somebody,” she told ABC News.  “I think it’s going to change me a whole lot, knowing that I can hold my head up high and nothing can hurt me anymore.”  Now that’s girl power.

Boy Uses AR15 To Stop A Home Invasion.  Bottom line, banning the AR15 and its variants is banning perhaps the single most effective weapon for home defense.  That is particularly true for women and teens.  Keep that in mind as the left tries to disarm America in the wake of Sandy Hook.

Mother Hiding with Kids Shoots Intruder.  As I’ve mentioned before, while I’m a huge supporter of the Second Amendment, I’m no fan of guns and sincerely wish that owning one (or three) wasn’t a necessary responsibility, especially when you have a family.  Here’s another reason why that’s the case.

Mother Hiding with Kids Shoots Intruder.  A woman hiding in her attic with children shot an intruder multiple times before fleeing to safety Friday [1/4/2013].  The incident happened at a home on Henderson Ridge Lane in Loganville around 1 p.m.  The woman was working in an upstairs office when she spotted a strange man outside a window, according to Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman.  He said she took her 9-year-old twins to a crawlspace before the man broke in using a crowbar.  But the man eventually found the family.

Cops: Mother of two surprises intruder with five gunshots.  The Loganville mother of two assumed the knocks on her front door Friday afternoon were from a solicitor.  “Don’t answer,” she yelled to her 9-year-old twins playing downstairs.  When the visitor began repeatedly ringing the doorbell, she called her husband at work.  “Get the kids and hide,” he told his wife.

This didn’t happen; please ignore this post.  Liberal-fascists would rather this woman had been raped and murdered, and her children right along with her.

Obama’s Disarm the Victim Movement.  So now we’re learning that Barack Obama wants to make the sale of high capacity magazines illegal.  How nice.  Nice — and easy to expose as completely absurd.  Let’s just use one occurrence to address the dream shared by Dear Ruler and liberals of eliminating these high-capacity magazines in rifles and handguns.  To show the absurdity of this idea, let’s just go back to Loganville, Georgia 11 days ago.

The December 16 Movie Theater Shooting You Didn’t Hear About.  The story was covered locally, but seeing as it happened just one day after the Sandyhook massacre in Connecticut, you would think it would have gotten more airplay in the MSM.  Don’t stories like this one play right into their anti-gun hands?  No — not this one.

Here’s Why Someone Would Need To Own An ‘Assault’ Rifle.  The left keeps asking why anyone needs an “assault” rifle.  Here’s one reason — in 2010, a Texas teen used a rifle similar to the one used in Newtown to defend his younger sister and himself from home invaders.

Three in the Head.  I carried a gun in New York City for more than a decade — back when there were thousands of murders a year and the Bronx led the nation in killings.  On at least four occasions, that gun saved my life, and in a couple of instances, the lives of people who were with me at the time.

Intruder fatally shot after breaking into Glen Burnie business, police say.  Anne Arundel County police are investigating a report that an employee in a coin shop in Glen Burnie shot and killed an intruder Tuesday morning [12/25/2012].

Police: Man defends himself, kills robbery suspect.  Police in Atlanta say a man was defending himself when he shot and killed a suspected robber on Christmas Eve.

When assault weapons saved Koreatown.  This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, sparked by the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers accused of beating the now-deceased Rodney King.  During the five days, mobs around Los Angeles looted stores, burnt 3,767 buildings, caused more than $1 billion in property damage, and led to the deaths of more than 50 people and left another 4,000 injured.  A story that has been forgotten since then is that of the brave storeowners in Koreatown who fended off mobs with handguns, rifles and assault weapons.

Ohio crime victims fire back in 2 shooting incidents.  In separate incidents less than 12 hours apart, crime victims fought back by shooting robbers Sunday [12/9/2012] and early Monday, killing one suspect and injuring three.  In both cases, the crime victims were not hurt.

Robbery Suspect Shot and Killed in Triple Shooting.  Two robbery victims turn the tables on the man who tried to rob them.  The victims, a man and woman were shot, but in the end its the robber who didn’t make it out alive.

Attempted Battle Creek robber shot in head.  A clerk at a Battle Creek convenience store wasn’t about to be robbed.  The 28-year-old man running the register at Liberty Mart Convenience store shot the attempted thief in the head when the suspect pulled a knife and demanded money.

Cafe manager fends off robbers.  The manager at an Internet sweepstakes busines fired twice at robbers early this morning and chased them from the business, police reported.

Neighbor handcuffs, detains would-be-burglars at gunpoint.  Many neighbors said this has brought them even closer.  “You have all this stuff that happens in the neighborhoods in Houston, where people are getting shot and killed and raped and murdered.  We’re not having it,” said neighbor Suzanne Lumus.

Big Lake men subdue serial burglar.  A bail-jumping burglar may be feeling lucky at the possibility of spending the next several decades in jail after an armed confrontation that nearly left him shot.  Joshua Beaty, 25, was in the process of robbing the Big Lake area home of James Conner Oct. 26 when Conner and a couple of his friends caught Beaty in the act.

Fruit vendor grateful after customer shoots gunman.  A South Florida fruit vendor is speaking out with words of gratitude for a customer who stepped in after someone tried to mug him.  Blood stains and crime scene tape remain on the sidewalk marking the spot of the near-fatal confrontation that occurred Tuesday afternoon [11/27/2012].

Retired Marine Shoots Home Intruder During Break-In.  If you’re a thief, there are a couple of warning signs that you should watch out for.  A dog bowl and a leash in the front yard would tip you off that you’re probably going to get bitten.  A sign that reads, “Trespassers will be shot!” is pretty self-explanatory.  The home of 77-year-old Lloyd McCarty is similarly filled with warning signs.

Home Invader Shot in Boardman, Ohio.  Officers said one of the suspects, Keemoni Harris, 22, of Campbell, and the homeowner, James Truman Sr., exchanged gunfire, firing about five shots.  Truman wasn’t hit, but officials said Harris went to the hospital with three non-life threatening gun shot wounds.

Man Shoots Intruder in Santa Maria.  An unidentified intruder was shot Sunday evening [12/9/2012] in Santa Maria when he knocked on a homeowner’s door and brandished a gun.

Santa Maria man recovering in hospital after shooting.  Police say when the homeowner answered the door, the man outside threatened the him with a gun.  Police say the homeowner also had a gun and shot the man at the door several times.

Owasso homeowner shoots, kills intruder.  An investigation is underway after an Owasso homeowner shoots and kills a man that Owasso Police say was breaking into his home.
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Mass Killings Stopped by Armed Citizens.  There are several documented cases where armed citizens have stopped mass attacks by gunmen.  Let me list a few:  The Pearl, Mississippi school shooting was stopped by the vice principal Joel Myrick with a Colt .45, The Appalachian School shooting was stopped by two students with handguns.  Both of the above incidents were stopped by the armed citizens threatening the shooter without firing.

“Gun free” zone confirmed.  The Sandy Hook school was a gun-free zone, meaning Mr. Lanza knew that no one could shoot back when he entered the school or the classroom where his mother taught.  The shooting in July in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. was also in a gun-free zone.  Rather than engaging in yet another debate about the Second Amendment, perhaps we should be discussing whether security is enhanced or weakened by not allowing a school to be armed for self defense.

Homeowner shoots intruder near Mulvane.  A 31-year-old burglary suspect is listed in serious but stable condition after he was shot in the chest by a homeowner in rural Mulvane [Kansas].

California Resident Shoots Home Invader.  The resident heard someone remove a screen and break a kitchen window to gain access to his home, so the resident armed himself with a handgun, the sheriff’s office said.

Store clerk, would-be robber trade gunshots.  An attempted armed robbery went bad quickly for the gunman Friday night [12/7/2012] when a store clerk pulled out his own weapon and began blasting away.

Sheriff: Armed homeowner walks burglar outside to wait for deputies.  A George County man found himself on the wrong end of a homeowner’s gun after allegedly breaking into a home on Crenshaw Road Saturday night.  Sheriff Dean Howell said just after midnight, dispatch received a call from a homeowner who said he was holding a burglar at gunpoint.

Woman Carrying Concealed Weapon At Nail Salon Stops Armed Robbery.  Here in Mass[achusetts] where it’s almost impossible for a law abiding citizen to carry a concealed weapon this story would have ended much differently.

Casper Police: Nail salon customer packs heat, gunman leaves.  A gunman retreated from a Casper nail salon last week after realizing one of its customers was packing heat. […] A witness said the man then reached into his coat pocket and began to take out a silver-colored pistol.  At that moment, a woman who was getting her nails done reached into her purse and got her own firearm.  Police say the man never fully raised the gun and left the building after seeing the customer had her weapon out.

Lesson Of Sandy Hook, Clackamas — Ban Gun-Free Zones.  In the target-rich environment of the Clackamas Town Center two weeks before Christmas, the shooter managed to kill only two people before killing himself.  A far worse tragedy was prevented when he was confronted by a hero named Nick Meli.  As the shooter was having difficulty with his weapon, Meli pulled his and took aim, reluctant to fire lest an innocent bystander be hit.  But he didn’t have to pull the trigger:  The shooter fled when confronted, ending his own life before it could be done for him.  We will never know how many lives were saved by an armed citizen that day.

Clackamas Mall shooter killed himself after seeing gun carrier aiming at him.  Nick Meli never shot his gun out of fear of hitting a bystander, but apparently seeing him with his gun was enough for the shooter at Clackamas Mall earlier this month to turn the gun on himself and commit suicide.

Clackamas mall shooter faced shopper with concealed weapon.  Nick Meli is emotionally drained.  The 22-year-old was at Clackamas Town Center with a friend and her baby when a masked man opened fire. […] “I’m not beating myself up cause I didn’t shoot him,” said Meli.  “I know after he saw me, I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself.”

Virtually Unreported: CCW Holder Likely Prevented Larger Clackamas Mall Death Toll.  If certain aspects of stories relating to an incident of gun violence don’t fit the template, they usually doesn’t get reported at all.  But if such things somehow get some local exposure, they rarely escape into the broader national news environment.

Citizen With Concealed Carry Permit May Have Saved Lives During Oregon Mall Shooting.  The shooting last week at the mall in Clackamas, Oregon has been overshadowed by the tragedy that unfolded Friday morning at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.  In Oregon two innocent human beings lost their lives, but perhaps the carnage would have been worse if not for Nick Meli, who has a concealed carry permit and was in the mall when the gunman opened fire.

Waffle House Robber Killed By Concealed Carry Permit Holder.  I hate to see a kid throw his life away, literally, for whatever could be stolen from a Waffle House, but when you start pointing guns at people and robbing them, you forfeit your right to take in oxygen.  This is especially true if there is someone with a gun pointed at you.

Retired SC Highway Patrol trooper shoots, kills home intruder in Bluffton.  A retired S.C. Highway Patrol trooper shot and killed an intruder after a struggle in his Bluffton home early Wednesday [11/14/2012], according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.  Former trooper Lt. William “Chuck” Wise was attacked by a man attempting to break into his Palmetto Bluff Road home at 2:15 a.m. when Wise fired several shots, striking and killing him, investigators say.  The body of 39-year-old Paul Edward Rowell was found in the main entryway, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Homeowner fatally shot attacker, another suspect flees, police say.  A Palm Beach Gardens man was found dead in front of a Holly Hill home Friday night [11/16/2012], and investigators say he is one two suspects that tried to rob the house.

Mystery: Virginia gun violence falls as gun sales soar.  So, who are the people buying all these guns?  That’s right, ladies.

12-Year-Old Defends Herself with Gun.  This past Wednesday [10/17/2012] a young 12-year old girl in Bryan County, Oklahoma was able to protect her life when an intruder kicked in her back door and entered her house.  Frantically, she called her mother who advised her to grab their household gun, hide in the closet, and call 911.  The intruder made his way through the house, and as he was opening the door of the closet, the young girl shot him through the closet door.  The intruder left the house and the girl was found unharmed.  The police arrived and took the man into custody.

‘I aimed right for his heart’.  A 92-year-old war veteran who shot dead an intruder at his home says he has only one regret — that he didn’t shoot the alleged burglar’s accomplices.  Earl Jones from Boone County, Kentucky, killed Lloyd (Adam) Maxwell after the intruder broke into his home at 2am on Monday [9/2/2012] with two accomplices.

Armed bystander stops stabbing outside school.  A woman is in critical condition after she was stabbed outside her child’s school Tuesday morning. […] Police say a bystander who happened to be a concealed handgun license holder pulled his weapon and ordered [Roberto] Barron to drop the knife.

Buy a gun.  One thing the national news media will always ignore is the practice of lawful self-defense.  For example, most people are probably not aware of the fact that American citizens use a firearm to defend themselves more than 2.4 million times every year.  That is more than 6,500 times every day.  This means that, each year, firearms are used 60 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives.  Furthermore, of the 2.4 million self-defense cases, more than 192,000 are by women defending themselves against sexual assault.  And in less than eight percent of those occasions is a shot actually fired.  The vast majority of the time (92%), the mere presence of a firearm helps to avert a major crime from occurring.

Gun Owner Saves Cop’s Life by Shooting Deranged Gunman!
Another Old [Man] Steps In To Save A Life.  This time in Early, Texas.  This was remarkably good shooting by the hero.  He must practice a lot.  If not for his interference others would have died.

65-year-old woman thwarts robbery on jewellery store.  Five armed men who attempted to rob a jewellery store were left scrambling for the door when a 65-year-old woman opened fire on them.  The handgun-wielding thieves, clad in hoodies, were forced to flee Continental Jewelry in Garden Grove, California, after the woman chased after them last week.

What Gun Haters Don’t Want You to Know.  The other side of the gun rights argument is that guns save lives.  A 65 year-old female jewelry store owner singlehandedly chased off five masked thugs who were robbing her Greenwich store.  She fired two shots in the air as she ran after them.  They were knocking into each other trying to get out the door.

Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at Salt Lake grocery store.  A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening [7/26/2012] at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith’s store.  Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon.  Smith’s employee Dorothy Espinoza says, “He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer.  And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people.  You killed my people.”

Gun Carrying Man Stops Stabbing Spree in Utah.  Another Second Amendment success story:  A man carrying a gun in a Utah grocery store stopped a man that went on a stabbing spree after purchasing the knife in the store.

Salt Lake City Citizen Shows Why Anti-Gun Nuts are Blockheads.  Notice the individuals who took the knife to the stomach and head were not carrying a form of self-defense.  If you can’t figure this out, then perhaps you should do the rest of us a favor and skip the voting booth in November.

Two Aurora Shootings: One Widely Known; the Other Ignored.  On April 22 of this year a convicted felon, just out of jail, went to an Aurora, Colorado, church and shot and killed a member of the congregation before being killed himself by a congregant carrying a gun. […] Because the perpetrator was able to claim only one life before being killed himself by someone carrying a gun and acting in self-defense, it garnered relatively little publicity.

Excellent — concealed-carrier stops an armed robbery.  Ah, sweet justice — drink it in, it always goes down smooth.  There are few things that warm my heart quite so much as watching a lawfully armed citizen give a good lesson to a couple of bad guys who seek to threaten, intimidate, and possibly cause fatal bodily harm to others while undermining the rule of law.  In an Internet cafe in Florida the other night, two armed robbers likely gained a newfound respect for the Second Amendment, the hard way.

71-year-old patron fires on, scares off would-be robbers.  Two men attempted an armed robbery at the Palms Internet Cafe in Florida Friday night [7/13/2012], the Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports. […] 71-year-old patron Samuel Williams drew his own handgun when the two masked men, one with a baseball bat and the other with a hand gun, barged into the Palms.

Surprise! Would-be cafe robbers run into one tough 71-year-old.  Two hooded men, their faces covered, went into a Florida Internet cafe Friday, hefting a baseball bat and toting a handgun.  What they couldn’t have expected to encounter was Samuel Williams, a fleet-of-foot senior citizen with a gun.  The two suspects, identified by authorities as DuWayne Henderson and Davis Dawkins, went spinning and running after Williams, 71, dropped to one knee and aimed his .380.

14-year-old Phoenix boy shoots armed intruder.  A 14-year-old boy shot and nearly killed an intruder who broke into his Phoenix home and pulled a gun on him while he was watching his three younger siblings, police said Saturday [6/23/2012].

Teen Stands Ground, Saves Family.  An Arizona 14 year boy shoots and seriously wounds an intruder to his home.  The teen was watching his younger siblings when a woman first rang the door bell, then began pounding on the door.  He realized something was not right and ran upstairs where a gun was stored.  As he returned a male intruder kicked down the door and entered with gun in hand.

Good Girl with Gun Lives, Bad Guy with Knife Dies.  [Sarah] McKinley, who had just lost her husband to lung cancer on Christmas Day, was home with her 3-month-old baby boy on New Year’s Eve when two dillweeds decided they were going to break into her casa.  Good Sarah was having none of it. […] Sarah probably thought that things couldn’t get any worse after losing her husband on Christmas Day.  And yet things did get worse.  But, thankfully, she was trained and had a gun.

Man With Concealed Carry Permit Stops Attacker.  An attacker bought the knife inside a local market in Salt Lake City, UT, then stabbed one man in the side of the head and another person in the stomach.  The attack took place in the market parking lot.  A bystander with a concealed carry permit witnessed the attack and stepped in to keep it from escalating.

Georgia Granny Thwarts 2 Would-Be Robbers in Shootout.  Authorities in Georgia say a grandmother foiled a robbery attempt by two armed men by getting into a shootout with them, injuring one man.

‘I carry a gun all the time’ says woman who thwarted Macon holdup attempt.  Looking at Lulu Campbell’s bullet-riddled silver Toyota Tundra, common sense says the 57-year-old grandmother should be dead.  It’s impossible to tell how many bullets were fired at 2 a.m. Saturday morning [4/21/2012] on English Avenue, but what started as an armed robbery attempt turned into a full-blown firefight.

Witness: Home invader shot dead on South Side.  A man was shot to death on the front steps of an Englewood home, and a witness said it was a home invasion that was foiled by a man who lives there.

Intruder shot entering home.  There was a bang at the door.  Then a second bang and the door swung open.  An intruder with a handgun had barely come inside the apartment when it happened, recalled the man who lives there.  The intruder pointed the gun at him, he said, so he grabbed his own handgun and fired at least twice.

Homeowners With Guns Fight Back.  In the wake of two home invasions in three days, some metro area homeowners, fed up with violence are willing to risk it all and fight back bad guys.  Monday [4/9/2012], a Kansas City woman, scared for her life, shot and killed a 17-year-old armed intruder.

Another NYC shooting death that doesn’t fit the MSM Narrative.  A 48-year old retired NYC police lieutenant is being heralded as a hero for shooting down a would-be armed robber, but you won’t hear much about this story from the MSM because it doesn’t fit the “Trayvon Martin” narrative.  The New York Post reported Friday [4/13/2012] that two men attempted to rob a drug store at gun point looking for cash and expensive prescription drugs.  What they got was more than they bargained for.

Gun owners are not to blame.  Last year, in Gwinnett County, Ga., a woman in her early 50s was getting out of the shower when the bathroom lights suddenly went out.  As she stepped out into the dark, a man slammed her onto the tile floor.  Injured but still conscious, she tried to fight him off when she felt a blade against her throat.  During the attempted sexual assault that followed, the woman managed to break free and retrieve the .22-caliber pistol she kept in the bedroom.  She shot her intruder several times, killing him.

Intruder stopped for snack before fatal shooting.  A homeowner fatally shot a would-be robber who entered his house in Springville early Thursday morning [3/1/2012].  The intruder apparently stopped for a snack and changed clothes before going upstairs to threaten the home’s residents.

Detroit: With Fewer Police and Rising Crime, “Justifiable Homicides” Soar.  Living in a city with a substantially diminished police force, a growing number of the residents of Detroit, Michigan, have decided that they can take a “bite out of crime” all on their own, and are using firearms in self-defense to protect themselves from the burgeoning ranks of violent criminals.

Detroit citizens no longer rely on police as self-defense killings skyrocket.
911 is a Joke.  Justifiable homicide in the city [of Detroit] shot up 79 percent in 2011 from the previous year, as citizens in the long-suffering city armed themselves and took matters into their own hands.  The local rate of self-defense killings now stands 2,200 percent above the national average.  Residents, unable to rely on a dwindling police force to keep them safe, are fighting back against the criminal scourge on their own.  And they’re offering no apologies. … The last time [Detroit resident Julia] Brown, 73, called the Detroit police, they didn’t show up until the next day.

National Guardsman thwarts Red Line robbery; 3 teens arrested.  Three teens who attempted to rob a judo instructor with a replica gun at a CTA station got more than they bargained for, police say.  It wasn’t the judo teacher who taught them a lesson, authorities say, but an Army National Guardsman armed with a real gun.

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Oklahoma Woman Shoots, Kills Intruder.  A young Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old baby on New Year’s Eve, less than a week after the baby’s father died of cancer.

Mother With a Gun.  If the National Rifle Association had an award for Mother of the Year, it might already have a winner.  When two men began to break into her home on New Year’s Eve, Sarah Dawn McKinley of Blanchard, Okla., popped a bottle into her crying three-month-old baby’s mouth and reached for her guns.

Antioch man answered burglar’s knife with gun.  An alleged burglar was shot dead by the owner of a vacant Antioch home after the suspect threatened him with a knife, police said Monday [11/7/2011].

Armed pizza deliveryman shoots, wounds would-be robber.  A Papa John’s Pizza delivery driver told police that he drew his own handgun and shot a gunman who tried to rob him Thursday night [11/3/2011] in southeast Memphis. … Only eight months before and about three miles west, another Papa John’s driver, 56-year-old Ron Brake, was fatally wounded during a robbery after delivering pizza at an apartment complex in Hickory Hill.

Developer with shotgun scared off Oakland rioters.  Oakland developer Phil Tagami is used to working behind the scenes to broker some of the biggest deals in town.  Late Wednesday [11/2/2011], he was using different persuasive skills — holding a loaded shotgun to scare away rioters trying to get into a downtown building.

Clerk at Del’s 24 Hour shop shoots, kills would-be robber who grabbed child.  A clerk at a landmark East Naples corner store shot and killed a man Tuesday [10/18/2011] as he attempted to rob the family-run shop and flee with her 1-year-old daughter.

Victim shoots robbery suspect in Applebee’s parking lot.  Authorities say a would-be victim pulled a gun and shot a man who tried to rob him in a restaurant parking lot in St. Petersburg.

Johnson City homeowner shoots intruder in chest, police say.  “This case involving the home invasion and home owner shooting the intruder appears to be justified; however (Johnson City Police Department) will submit this case to the district attorney and present the facts to a grand jury in Blanco County,” Police Chief Randy Holland said.  “I can only hope and pray that would-be criminals everywhere are deterred by this incident.”

West Virginia 72-Year-Old Repels Home Invasion.  At noon Saturday [7/23/2011], 72 year old Menuard Frazier’s home was invaded by three men who beat him and tied him up while they robbed his residence.  According to WSAZ, the three men knocked and asked the retiree to use the phone.  As he led them to the kitchen, they jumped him, tied his legs up and put a sheet over his head.

Hotel clerk kills Orangeburg robber.  A small woman in her 50s working as a hotel clerk at a Columbia area Days Inn shot and killed a robber “more than double her size” Monday morning [7/25/2011], Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said.  The man, Vincent Carson, 43, of Orangeburg, had held a knife to her throat, put the knife down and was apparently going to tie her up and sexually assault her, Lott said.

Congressman Boswell fights off armed intruder at Iowa farm house.  A home invasion at Rep. Leonard Boswell’s Iowa farm ended when his 22-year-old grandson fetched a shotgun and aimed it at the intruder, according to a statement from the congressman’s office.  No one was seriously injured.

Woman: ‘I shot him as much as I could’.  The crying woman told a 911 operator she “shot him as much as I could” and moments later police found her would-be attacker dead in the back yard of her Gwinnett County home.  The woman was getting out of the shower when 34-year-old Israel Perez Puentes, armed with a knife, dragged her to the bedroom where he planned to rape her, police said.

Police ID slain home invasion suspect.  The man who police say was killed by a homeowner during an attempted sexual assault was identified Thursday [5/11/2011] as Israel Perez Puentes, 34, of Alpharetta.  A Gwinnett County woman shot and killed Puentes Wednesday morning after the knife-wielding man attacked her in the shower, police said.

3rd suspect turns himself in after homeowner kills intruder.  Cecil Barwick was home alone inside his Stony Landing home Wednesday morning [4/13/2011] when police say he heard voices and footsteps from upstairs.  The 50-year-old man grabbed his handgun and quickly came face to face with one of the men who broke into his house and had been rifling through his belongings upstairs.

NOPD: N.O. Woman Kills Armed Home Intruder.  The NOPD is investigating the fatal shooting of man they describe as an “armed home intruder.” … According to investigators, 21-year-old Melvin Plummer of Marrero entered a house occupied by a 30-year-old woman and her three children and brandished a handgun.  The woman, who has a concealed weapons permit, pulled a gun and shot Plummer multiple times.

Owner kills 3 robbers in jewelry store shootout.  In the back room of a humble jewelry store and pawn shop in Houston’s East End Thursday afternoon [12/16/2010], a gunman tied Eva Castillo’s wrists tightly — too tightly.  She complained of the pain, so he loosened the bindings.  Then Castillo’s husband was ordered at gunpoint to put his hands behind his back.  But Ramon Castillo had a surprise for the gunman and two cohorts, who had announced they were robbing the business.  Castillo pulled a pistol from his waistband and shot the gunman dead.

Robbery Suspect Charged With Murder After Alleged Accomplices Killed by Homeowner.  Three young black men break into a white man’s home in rural Northern California.  The homeowner shoots two of them to death — but it’s the surviving black man who is charged with murder.

Pistol-packing Ala. grandmother shoots intruder in bedroom.  Police say 69-year-old Ethel Jones shot 18-year-old Michael O’Neal Bynum in the abdomen when she said she found him inside her bedroom.

Robbers pick wrong target; two shot, one killed by gun-toting victim.  Two would-be robbers forgot to ask their victim a key question:  Do you have a gun and know how to use it? … The man, who works for a local gun range, declined comment Friday [7/2/2010].  He asked that his name not be published because authorities told him the attempted robbery may be gang-related.

Victim had just fixed meal when he was assaulted and stabbed.
“If I’d had a trigger lock, I’d be dead.”

Check out the Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog.  Where Clayton Cramer and Pete Drum keep track of civilians using guns in self-defense.

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The Gun I Didn’t Have.  The most street-wise punk knows it is stupid to bring a knife to a gunfight.  I followed the laws, stayed legal, and left my guns at home when I came here.  The gun regulations of our nation’s capitol put me face to face with a criminal who ignores the laws.  Law enforcement was not there to protect me and the rules I followed stole my right to protect myself.  Where’s the justice in that?

Robbery victim fights back, kills robber.  Hazelwood police said a robbery victim, in his 50’s, opened fire on and killed a would-be robber Tuesday night.  The shooting happened at the intersection of Dunn and Cortena Roads around 8:40 p.m Tuesday [5/4/2010].  Chief Carl Wolf said the would-be robber walked up behind the man on the street and tried to rob him.

Wife of 80-year-old who shot intruder: ‘He saved our lives’.  The intruder — who police said wore stockings over his hands to keep from leaving prints — wiggled the brass doorknob of the locked door that led to the first-floor apartment, but it didn’t open, the family said.  He then turned to the oversized glass window of the 80-year-old’s bedroom, pulled out his gun and shot, police and family said.  But just as the man got off a second round, the homeowner, who had a handgun of his own, fired a single shot, killing the intruder, a police source said.

Man, 80, ‘did what he had to do,’ killing home invader.  An 80-year-old Army veteran shot and killed an armed man who’d broken in to the two-flat where he and his wife live in East Garfield Park early this morning and fired at him.  He did what his son said “he had to do” after having vowed not to be victimized again following a robbery months earlier.

A Gun For Grandpa.  Chicago is deciding whether to prosecute a great-grandfather and Korean War veteran under its handgun ban.  He refused to be a victim, and now there’s one less armed thug roaming the streets.  What’s the problem?

Criminals aren’t only ones ignoring city handgun ban.  When police caught up to a fleeing drug suspect early Thursday [6/3/2010], they had little problem arresting him.  They found him in a private home he had entered, wounded in the chest by a resident with a handgun.  The shooting occurred about a week after an 80-year-old Army veteran used a handgun to shoot and kill an armed burglar who had broken into his home.  In both cases, the weapons violated the city’s 28-year-old handgun ban, but police so far have declined to press charges.

The Editor says…
If these Chicago residents had complied with the handgun ban, they would probably be dead.

73-year-old collars intruder at Spartanburg home.  “When I jacked that round in the chamber, he sat down and was holding onto the rail,” Easler said.  “I know he was scared.  “I told him, You do anything sudden, you’re liable to end up dead.'”  The man complied, and Easler held him at gunpoint in a bathroom off the kitchen until deputies from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office arrived about 10 minutes later.

Homeowner fatally shoots burglary suspect.  A homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar who came at him with a tire iron Tuesday [7/28/2009] after breaking into a storage shed on the man’s property in east Harris County, officals said.  Although the shooting will be referred to a Harris County grand jury, investigators said it appears to be self-defense.

Woman, 70, who killed intruder at motel feels sick about shooting.  The 70-year-old woman who shot a would-be robber at a North Side motel last night is attending the All-American Quarter Horse Congress today and feels sick about the shooting, according to her son.

Naked Man, 91, Holds Drunken Intruder at Gunpoint.  Authorities said a naked 91-year-old man was able to hold a drunken intruder at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

Texas Resident Shot and Killed 2 Teenagers During Home Invasion.  Police in Texas say a group of teenagers were trying to break into a home when a resident opened fire and killed two of the youths.  San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams says the shootings happened shortly before 2 a.m. Friday [9/4/2009].  He says two 16-year-olds died and a third teenager was seriously wounded.

Pregnant woman holds intruder at gun point.  The lesson here is never threaten an expecting mother, especially if she’s armed with a shotgun.  “I was angry,” Randi Fairley says.  “I was really mad that he was in my house.”

Business Owner Fires on 4 Robbers, Killing 2, Police Say.  A 72-year-old Harlem business owner used a shotgun to blast four men who tried to rob his restaurant-supply business Thursday afternoon, killing two and sending two others to the hospital with gunshot wounds, the New York City police said.

Detroit mugger critical after victim retaliates.  A 32-year-old suffered a graze wound to the head but seriously injured a 17-year-old trying to rob him at gunpoint in Detroit early today [8/25/2009], according to police.  The intended robbery victim, who has a permit to carry a weapon, pulled out his gun when he was confronted…

Concealed Carry Permits Are Life Savers.  In research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, in which almost 2,000 felons were interviewed, 34% of felons said they had been “scared off, shot at, wounded or captured by an armed victim” and 40% of these criminals admitted that they had been deterred from committing a crime out of fear that the potential victim was armed.  Allowing law-abiding people to arm themselves offers more than piece of mind for those individuals — it pays off for everybody through lower crime rates.

Wellington teacher fatally shoots armed intruder, PBSO says.  One man is dead and a couple is left shaken after a home-invasion robbery turned deadly early Monday [2/16/2009].  The intruder wound up dead after he was shot by Heath Miller, 34, a popular music teacher at Howell L. Watkins MIddle School.  The dead man is identified as Robert Rishard Tomlin, 22.

Farmer’s daughter disarms terrorist and shoots him dead with AK47.  An Indian farmer’s daughter disarmed a terrorist leader who broke into her home, attacked him with an axe and shot him dead with his own gun.

Guns Are Still Saving Lives.  On June 30, 2002, two Iowa youths escaped from a school for troubled teenagers.  For twelve hours, they terrorized the Woods community, stealing four automobiles and managing to evade capture by police.  According to the Rapid City Journal, Pete Paul Fast Horse and Jeremy Feltman were in a stolen Ford four-wheel-drive when they “sped through an intersection and crashed into an embankment.”  They then fled on foot from pursuing police and approached the house of Sena Lauritzen.  When the 55-year-old grandmother saw the fugitives attempting to enter her house through a patio door, she grabbed a shotgun and held them until police arrived.  “This is my little bit of heaven,” she said after the incident.  “They had no right to invade it.”

Child shoots intruder during home break-in.  A ten-year-old boy left home alone with his sister used his mother’s gun to shoot an intruder in the face, police said.  Late Tuesday, West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies received a call to a Port Allen apartment complex after several shots rang out from inside one of the apartments.

Ambushed pizza man kills attacker.  Three men charged in the attempted pizza robbery Saturday [3/7/2009] had their bond set this morning at $250,000 each by Magistrate Brian Jeffcoat. … Each is charged with criminal conspiracy and strong armed robbery of Pizza Hut delivery man Christopher Steven Miller, 43.  Miller shot and killed one of the assailants who attacked him when he attempted to deliver a pizza to a house on Avery Place Lane near Irmo High School.

Pizza man says fear he’d die led to shooting.  A pizza deliveryman, who said Monday he has been held up twice before, fired shots that killed a teenager during a holdup because he feared he would die and not see his wife and 5-year-old daughter again.  “I believe everyone has the right to defend themselves if their lives are threatened,” Christopher Miller, 43, said in a statement issued through police.

Cops: Cape Girardeau woman kills man who returned to rape her second time.  An intended rape victim shot and killed her attacker this morning [10/31/2008] in Cape Girardeau when he broke into her home to rape her a second time, police said.  The 57-year-old woman shot RonnieW. Preyer, 47, a registered sex offender, in the chest with a shotgun when he broke through her locked basement door.  The woman told police he was the same man who raped her several days earlier.

Crime-fighting’s future merely a guy with a gun.  Chris is an Ocoee [Florida] man who keeps a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol in his glove box.  Last week, while shopping at his favorite Kangaroo Express, he used it.  Chris had stopped there for a pack of smokes and a slice of pizza with the clerk.  While leaving, he noticed a man casing the joint.

Tables Turned on Intruder During Home Invasion.  The tables turned on a burglar when a homeowner took matters into his own hands. … The pregnant woman inside the home was getting ready to give her 18-month-old child a bath when she heard noises.

Robbed twice, San Pablo shop owner was ready to shoot.  Amariae Sanders was a 16-year-old boy who may have thought a San Pablo gift shop would be an easy mark.  But when he vaulted the counter while armed with a sawed-off shotgun, he had no way of knowing that the store owner would fight back, police say.

Man who threatened Christians may lose eye.  A man who came to the home of two women whom he had threatened to decapitate with a knife received a blow to the head that could cost him an eye, according to Colorado Springs police.  Russell Bowman, who claims to be an atheist, threatened the women because they are Christian on Sept. 8.  On Friday [9/12/2008], he arrived at their apartment and stood in a hallway, according to a police report.

Elderly Woman Grabs Gun, Holds Would-Be Burglar At Bay.  An 85-year-old great-grandmother from Lake Lynn, Fayette County kept an alleged burglar at bay using a .22-caliber pistol.  According to police, a 17-year-old suspect was attempting to burglarize Leda Smith overnight.  That’s when Smith grabbed her gun and told the teen that she would shoot him if he moved, police said.

Robbery ends when employee pulls out a gun.  Two men tried to rob an Old Hickory Sonic restaurant, but an assistant manager pulled out a gun and fired shots, causing the suspects to flee.  Police believe that one or both of the suspects was wounded.  Metro police Capt. Michele Donegan said that at approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday [7/3/2008], two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, went inside the Sonic at 1410 Robinson Road, in Old Hickory [Tennessee].

Customer pulls gun, stops robbery.  It was a busy night Monday at Buck’s IGA on the 3000 block of South Meridian Street.  “Charlie,” who didn’t want his image or name used with this story, was in line to check out.  A man police later identified as Dwain Smith reportedly ran into the store wearing a ski mask and yelling.

Man Cleared for Killing Neighbor’s Burglars.  A Texas man who shot and killed two men he believed to be burglarizing his neighbor’s home won’t be going to trial.  A grand jury today failed to indict Joe Horn, a 61-year-old computer technician who lives in an affluent subdivision in Pasadena, Texas.

Joe Horn cleared by grand jury in Pasadena shootings.  The shooting of two burglary suspects has sparked heated debate about property rights, gun control and other issues.  A Harris County grand jury decided today that Joe Horn should not be charged with a crime for shooting two suspected burglars he confronted outside his neighbor’s home in Pasadena last fall.  The decision to clear Horn of wrongdoing came two weeks after the grand jury began considering evidence in the case, including Horn’s testimony last week.

‘I wouldn’t be here’ if not for gun.  Glen Soustek knows a handgun saved his life.  “If it weren’t for my gun, I wouldn’t be here,” he said.  “The last the world would have heard about me would be a blurb on Page 8:  ‘Coin shop owner shot dead in backroom.'”

Right to carry v. right to know:  In a St. Louis suburb this week, Riccardo Crossland was charged with robbery and assault after he and another thug held a 23-year-old Florida man at gunpoint, demanding his money.  After obtaining his wallet and watch, Crossland turned and took a few steps away from the robbery victim, then turned back and raised his weapon.  Unfortunately for Crossland, the man he was robbing was legally permitted to carry a concealed handgun — and was carrying one at the time.

‘Gun-free’ school zones?  What do felons think about an armed citizenry?  A survey of convicted felons by the National Institute of Justice found 74 percent of the felons agreed that, “One reason burglars avoid houses when people are home is that they fear being shot during the crime.”  The survey also asked these felons whether they had abandoned at least one crime because they feared the intended victim might be armed.

Homeowner Shoots Teen Suspect During Home Invasion.  A 16-year-old home invasion suspect is recovering from gunshot wounds after a Union City man said the teen kicked in the back door of his townhome Saturday [6/21/2008].  The 28-year-old homeowner said the teen rang the doorbell, but when no one answered, the suspect went around to the back of the townhouse.  Police said the resident got his gun and shot the teen in the shoulder after the suspect kicked in the back door and entered the home.

80-year-old puts attacker in hospital.  Investigators say they were definitely going to rob him — possibly even kill him.  But an 80-year-old North Texan wasn’t about to let that happen, so he took action. … In short, even at 80, he is someone you just don’t mess with.  What the men didn’t know is [James] Picket had taken a pistol and put it in his pocket before opening the door.

80-Year-Old Man Shoots, Beats Up Attackers.  James Picket may be 80, but he’s no pushover.  The North Texas man proved that when a couple of guys up to no good knocked on his door last weekend and tried to mess with him.

Wayne Homeowner Kills Intruder.  Three armed men broke into the home at 2546 Old Mount Olive Highway at about 12:30 a.m. while the family slept inside.  The intruders held two adults and four children, ages 4, 5 and 8, at gunpoint and ransacked the house, authorities said.  During the robbery, one of the suspects fired a shot, prompting the man who lives in the house to grab a gun and shoot back, authorities said.

Resident Shoots and Kills Home Invader.  A Phoenix homeowner shot and killed a home invader who had kicked in the front door of the house and was attempting to break into the bedroom where he and his family were sleeping, Phoenix police said.

Wife produces 9mm and husband opens fire.
Couple at East Dallas cleaners work together to foil, kill robber.  Customers picking up pants and shirts pulled up beside a large bloodstain Monday in the parking lot of Joe’s Cleaners.  Asked to describe his lethal encounter with a robber a few hours earlier, owner Joseph Baggett apologized for saying little.

Gunshots deter break-ins.  There were similarities in two attempted burglaries in Jackson on Friday [9/28/2007].  The residents of both homes were watching television when the alleged suspects were caught in the act.  And in both cases, the suspects were fired on.

Suspected burglar fatally shot at Harris County home. A southwest Harris County homeowner shot and killed a man he discovered climbing into a window of his house at about 2:15 a.m. today, investigators said.  Steven Dunbar, who apparently lived several blocks away, died in the window of the home in the 3400 block of Cascadia, Harris County sheriff’s homicide Det. Rolf Nelson said.

Fort Lauderdale jeweler shoots two gunmen.  A jewelry store owner critically wounded two armed men in a shootout Wednesday [5/9/2007] after the pair tried to rob his shop, police said. … A police spokeswoman said it is unlikely that store owner Hugo Villalta, whose gun is licensed, will face any charges.

Teen shot by Houston homeowner in alleged break-in.  After a sleepless night, [Bob] Manross said that the pistol-carrying teen broke into his home, called him by his first name and threatened to shoot him unless he handed over his cash.  Manross said he fooled the invader, whom he recognized. “I told him I didn’t have the money with me but I’d get it from the other room,” said Manross, who had a loaded rifle just a room away from his kitchen.

Intruder with sledgehammer is shot and killed.  Jamie Buck was asleep early Friday when a sledgehammer shattered his side door’s window and a stranger burst into his rented home, demanding money or jewelry.  That was the last demand would ever make.  Brandenburg, 31, was shot to death inside Buck’s Bishop Avenue home early Friday, seven weeks after Brandenburg’s latest release from jail.

Would-be robbers outgunned at LaFollette home.  Two Campbell County [Tennessee] men toting a pellet gun picked the wrong house to rob Tuesday night [1/9/2007] when the homeowner grabbed a pistol and opened fire, authorities said.  “They brought a BB gun to a real gunfight,” LaFollette Police Department Detective Jeff Allen said.

Chicks Carrying Guns and Kicking Tail.  Over the past couple weeks, there have been a couple stories floating around that just warmed my little heart, but they didn’t get a lot of attention, so I have decided to give them plenty.  Do you wonder what kind of story it takes to warm my cold, conservative heart?  Well, wonder no longer.

Chicks With Guns, Part II.  I got more mail from last week’s column than any of my others — some from grandmas, some from single gals, some from shooting instructors.  I got new stories, weapon recommendations, invitations to the shooting range.

Police:  Homeowner Shoots Burglary Suspect.  A man accused of breaking into a Daytona Beach home was shot by the homeowner Tuesday night, according to police.  Thomas Lockhart, 28, is in critical condition at Halifax Medical Center after being shot just after 10 p.m. at a house on Orange Avenue in Daytona Beach.  Police said they responded to a 911 call from Walter Watson, 70, whose house had already been burglarized three times this week, and found Lockhart suffering from a gunshot wound.

Tennessee Carjacker Picks the Wrong Guy To Assault:  A man who turned the tables and fatally shot a would-be carjacker in Nashville deserves a “good citizenship” award for fighting crime, according to a national gun advocacy group.

74-year-old shoots intruder.  Willie Brown said he thought he was back in a foxhole in Korea on Thursday morning [6/15/2006] when a burglar stood at the door to Brown’s bedroom.  “He said, ‘I got a knife, don’t move,'” Brown recalled.  “I reached behind my back and whipped my gun from under my pillow and said, ‘Take this .38,’ and I blasted him.”

Guns Save Lives.  Such a large number of defensive gun uses poses a problem for gun control activists.  When guns are widely used for self-defense, legislation that makes using them more difficult, like safe storage, trigger locks, and outright bans, just condemns more people to being beaten, robbed, raped, and murdered.  This happened in Britain, where rates of violent crime, gun robbery and murder skyrocketed after handguns were banned and registered owners were required to surrender their weapons.

John Stossel / ABC News Explode Gun Control Myth:  Interviewing a group of prison inmates, John Stossel reports, “Some maximum security felons I spoke to in New Jersey scoffed at measures like the Brady law.  They said they’ll have no trouble getting guns if they want them.  A Justice Department study confirmed what the prisoners said.  But get this:  the felons say that the thing they fear the most is not the police, not time in prison, but, you, another American who might be armed.”

Surviving Home Invasions:  “People who defend themselves in a home invasion fare better than those who don’t.  That’s just how it is.”  A collection of news reports of home invasions, anecdotal evidence for the effective use of guns in self-defense.

11-year-old shoots, kills assailant threatening his grandmother:  When Tony D. Murry held a box cutter to Sue Gay’s neck Monday night, Gay’s 11-year-old adopted son ran upstairs and grabbed a gun.

Florida Dad shoots intruders to save daughter and himself:  Semiautomatic gun under pillow foils attempted robbery in hotel room.

104 cases of lives being saved through the lawful use of guns You will rarely – if ever – hear stories like this on the television news.

Exercising the Right Case after case in which the lawful use of guns saved lives.
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The Latest Armed Self-defense News StoriesDozens of similar cases!

Huge collection of anecdotes:  Cases in which guns saved lives.

Guns Save Lives:  You would think that a man who saved three people’s lives, at considerable risk to his own, would be recognized as a hero.  But his story would be politically incorrect, so it has received virtually no media attention and his name remains unknown.

People don’t stop killers.  People with guns do.  [Both] Virginia Tech [and] the University of Tennessee … think that by making their campuses “gun-free,” they’ll make people safer, when in fact they’re only disarming the people who follow rules, law-abiding people who are no danger at all.  This merely ensures that the murderers have a free hand.  If there were more responsible, armed people on campuses, mass murder would be harder.

Armed citizens can defuse terrorist threat:  Israeli Police Inspector General Shlomo Aharonisky has repeatedly called on all concealed-handgun-permit holders to carry firearms at all times.  In March [2002], Israeli police announced they wanted to increase the number of Israelis carrying handguns by 60,000.  “There’s no question that weapons in the hands of the public have prevented acts of terror or stopped them while they were in progress,” Aharonisky says.  [Meanwhile in the U.S.,] the police seem more concerned about monitoring law-abiding citizens than in protecting them.

When It’s Guns, Media Miss Big Part Of Picture:  When more than one person gets killed, the crimes get not only national but international news coverage.  On the other hand, when was the last time that you heard the national evening news reporting about a citizen using a gun to save lives?  Few people realize that people use guns defensively to stop about 2 million crimes a year, according to national surveys.

Guns Save Lives.  Some gun control advocates begrudgingly concede that the Second Amendment does protect citizens’ right to own guns, but nearly all feel that ‘reasonable’ restrictions on this right ought to be enforced.  Mandatory waiting periods, trigger locks, and handgun bans:  common sense devices to control gun violence.  But what do these measures really accomplish?

How guns save lives:  Florida State University Professor Gary Kleck recently estimated that Americans use firearms at least 2.5 million times a year for self-defense.

Annie, Get Your Gun:  Women with firearms help make America safer.

Guns in the Hands of Private Citizens Make Us All Safer:  To the anti-gun lobby, the worst news of all had to be the way in which tens of thousands of Americans reacted to the atrocities of September 11:  They went out and bought guns.

Professor Cites Evidence That Guns Stop Crimes Yale University Professor John R. Lott Jr., author of “More Guns, Less Crime” says his research shows that guns used defensively stop about two million crimes a year, five times the amount of crimes in which guns are used.

Related story:  The Great Gun Fight:  A debate about the validity of the statements in John R. Lott Jr.’s book, “More Guns, Less Crime.”

Crime Plunges in Pro-gun Town.

Good Kids With GunsYoung people have used guns responsibly to protect themselves or loved ones from death or injury.

Kids and Guns:  With greater youth accessibility to guns in the past, why wasn’t there the kind of violence we see with today’s much more restricted access to guns?

Gun Control Science MisfiresGun control advocates used to claim that more guns meant more crime.  Research demonstrated, though, that more guns meant less crime.  As the criminology argument faded, gun control advocates began arguing guns were a public health problem.

Politics Fuels Mandatory Gun Ownership Laws:  Behind every door in Kennesaw, Ga., in theory, is a loaded firearm awaiting anyone who dares to unlawfully enter a home.  In 1982, the Kennesaw City Council voted to put into effect an ordinance that requires the male head of the household to keep at the ready a firearm for the protection of his home and family.

Gun Buying Surge Shows Many Feel ‘Responsible for Their Own Safety’:  Larry Pratt, president of Gun Owners of America, agrees that the increased sale of firearms reflects a new attitude among Americans that they are vulnerable and must take responsibility for protecting themselves.

Israel is Arming its Civilians — Why Aren’t We?  Inundated as we are with anti-gun propaganda, many well-meaning Americans cannot imagine how guns in private hands might be useful in fighting terror.  The Israelis do not suffer from such confusion.

W. Wimps Out on Guns:  The GOP president was silent about the untold number of gun shootings committed every year in self-defense.  Just two weeks ago, a 12-year-old girl in Clarksdale, Miss., saved her mother’s life when she shot and killed an abusive ex-boyfriend who had forced his way into the apartment and started choking her mom.

Gun Stops Gunman Before Serious Damage Was Done [3/22/01] – Unlike previous school shootings where troubled teens have turned guns on their classmates, it was the gun of a campus police officer – and his willingness to use it — that brought a quick end to Thursday’s mayhem.

I Am Alive, No Thanks to Gun Control.  There are times in our lives when many of our most basic assumptions come under a barrage from the heavy artillery of reality.  Some of us receive such a wake-up call in the form of a life-threatening event that literally shatters our lives.  It is then up to us to do our best to take inventory of the damage to body and soul, pick up the pieces, and start afresh.  I would like to tell you, at the time of the anniversary of a horrible encounter that almost killed me, of such a time of reckoning.

The Benefits of Firearms by Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D.

Firearms in America:  The Facts  Martin L. Fackler, MD says firearms are not the problem.

Camper Wakes Up in Midst of Bear Attack:  A man out camping with his brother woke up with one heck of a headache, only to discover that a bear was biting him in the head.  Thanks to his quick reactions — and to the handgun he was carrying — Rodney Black, 51, will be OK.

Woman Fatally Shoots Intruder:  A man is dead after police say he tried to sexually assault a woman in her own home.

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