I Choose Not To Be A Victim
Paul, 52, was sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle in a hospital parking lot when a stranger approached and started to get into the passenger’s seat. Paul quickly pulled out his handgun and pointed it at the attempted carjacker. “They said he didn’t have a weapon but I didn’t know that, you don’t have time to think about it. … You’re either a victim or you’re not,” said Paul. “I chose not to be a victim.” He held the man at gunpoint until police arrived. The 33-year-old man had been cited earlier that day for disorderly conduct after pounding on the door of a stranger’s home. He was arrested and charged with attempted carjacking, as well as with tampering with a fire alarm.
(WBZ-TV, Nashua, NH)
Billy, 78, was at home when he heard his wife scream. McCall grabbed his .380-cal. handgun and went to his wife’s aid. He found that a man had forced his way into their home and seized his wife in a choke hold. The armed intruder fired at Billy striking him in his stomach. Billy returned fire, causing the intruder to flee. The assailant was later dropped off at a local hospital where he died. He had sustained gunshot wounds to his abdomen, leg and chest. Billy is reported to be in stable condition and is expected to survive the gunshot wound he sustained during the home invasion. His wife was reportedly uninjured.
(Independent Mail, Anderson, SC)
Gareth was asleep with his wife shortly before midnight when he heard a loud bang inside their home. An intruder had gained entry to their home by using a tree branch to break in through a bedroom window. Gareth realized there had been a break-in and retrieved his handgun. He discovered the intruder in the hallway outside of their bedroom. Gareth was forced to fire when his repeated warnings went unheeded. The intruder’s wounds proved fatal. Gareth and his family were not injured.
(Dallas Morning News, Cedar Hill, TX)
David, 69, retrieved his revolver before opening the door to a stranger around 8 p.m. The 31-year-old stranger claimed he was having car trouble and asked to use David’s telephone. David was suspicious of the stranger even before spotting the handgun he carried. The stranger then forced his way through the front door and a scuffle ensued. Three of the assailant’s accomplices were waiting outside when they heard three gunshots. They then witnessed their co-conspirator stumble out of the home with a bullet wound to his groin before fleeing. Three of the four assailants were later arrested and charged with numerous counts. The injured trespasser was said to be in critical condition and was being treated at a local hospital. David was unharmed.
(Times-Tribune, New Milford, PA)
Jason was home with his two young daughters when he heard someone inside his home. In an effort to protect his children, Jason grabbed his Glock 19 and confronted the two intruders, who had already begun to ransack the home. Jason fired four rounds causing the intruders to flee through the back door. They managed to get away with a cell phone and two MacBooks. “You can’t replace my kids,” Jason said. “All I was thinking about was my kids’ protection.”
(WSB-TV, South Fulton County, GA)
Around 3:30 p.m., a woman who was home alone heard noises that prompted her to investigate. She saw a man attempting to gain entry to her home through a window. The resident warned the man to stop. When he continued through the window, however, the woman ran to the next room to retrieve her handgun. She fired once, striking the intruder in the chest. He fled the scene, but collapsed in the street nearby. The gunshot wound proved fatal.
(The Detroit News, Detroit, MI)
Scott’s fiancee heard a disturbance in the living room of their home. When she went to investigate, she was surprised to find an armed intruder wearing a hooded sweatshirt and face paint. Scott found himself at gunpoint after responding to his fiancee’s scream. The intruder demanded Scott’s wallet and to open a safe in their bedroom. When Scott’s fiancee realized that their children had awakened due to the disturbance, she took action in an effort to protect them. She grabbed a walking stick and swung it at the intruder giving Scott enough time to grab his own firearm. Scott fired, causing the intruder to flee. Although the suspect left a trail of blood, he is reportedly still at large. Scott said, “I wanted to save my family. That’s what’s precious to me.”
(WTHR.com, Bloomington, IN)
A 23-year-old man was the victim of a home invasion that involved three armed suspects—two women and a man—who forced their way into his home and demanded cash. In an effort to defend himself, the homeowner drew his own gun and fired multiple rounds. The male suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, while both women fled. One of the female suspects was located after seeking medical attention for a gunshot wound. It was last reported that the suspect remained hospitalized and in critical condition, while the third suspect remains at large. The resident of the burglarized home was unharmed.
(Contra Costa Times, Cherryland, CA)
You will rarely hear, see, or read about these “armed citizen” stories in the mainstream news, other than possibly a snippet on a deep embedded page of your local newsprint.
Reason being: Stories like this do not fit the gun-grabber’s agenda.
There are lots, and lots, and lots of stories similar to these throughout the country in which law abiding citizens use a firearm to defend themselves in situations where they would likely have been hurt or even killed. These are situations where there is not enough time for the police to get there (or to dial 911 in the first place), and immediate self-defense decisions need to be made.
You have a choice.
I choose not to be a victim.
Stories summarized from ‘The Armed Citizen’
The lamestream media will only report violent gun encounters when the perp is white. Period. I challenge the media to return to honest reporting and the government to publish the real crime statistics rather than the sanitized crap we hear about from the major networks.
November is our last chance to restore some sanity to governance folks.
A report out of Sacramento today says two teenagers, 17 and 14 burglarized an elderly woman’s home. She had been repeatedly burglarized in the past and as recently as this Easter. She had a family member come stay with her due to the repeated burglaries. These two juveniles were both shot and killed inside the residence.
Very unfortunate that these young persons died, but completely justified. The home is a sacred place with sacred borders. When a person crosses those borders, their intentions aren’t known and they should expect to encounter serious defense measures.
What exactly is the unfortunate part? That the homeowner is having trouble finding replacement ammunition? These were people (I use that term in the strictest sense) that the world is better off without.
The new chief of police in Detroit (who used to be a gun hater) told all of the citizens in Detroit to buy a gun. He stated that he has seen more things go on in the city that in 30 years on the force elsewhere he has never seen before. Three people were shot this weekend (1 dead) at the Cinco de mayo parade. The fool shot these people right in the middle of the intersection during the parade. I was talking to a friend today in TN and telling him that he needs to get some preps. He said he didn’t need to because he can fix anything and he will be able to barter for food/water. I asked him if he really thinks these fools are going to have a friendly talk before they shoot him and rape his pretty wife? He thought well maybe he will get a water purifier. It’s a start.
Completely agree Silver Lodge. All to o often the “He was a gooooood boy brigade” is headlined on the news, while the victims family are minimized or even blamed for the criminals death or injuries.
Here in Florida, crime via teenagers and young adults is epidemic. The Sherrifs department and our local police force spend all of their time shaking down law abiding folks on their way to work each day and on their way home in the afternoon, because it pays more to the department. Motorist fines are absolutely beyond punitive, with a construction zone speeding ticket for eight over the limit coming in at a whopping 680 dollars.
I say the cops need to return to fighting crime and pay a little more attention to the demographic group [14 – 26 y.o.] committing the lions share of violent crime.
Ask nearly anyone from Florida and you will hear the same story. It’s all about the speed traps, criminal forfeiture of large amounts of cash [even if you can prove it is yours] and raping people with minor drug charges by forcing a year or two of “random” weekly drug testing and mandatory probation, all of which can cost half your weekly pay. I have two employees doing just that. One guy because his kid brother borrowed his car and left a marijuana butt in the ashtray and the other because he got caught with an open container. Admittedly, the open can of beer was stupid, but the guy blew a .03, but the judge made him do all the usual nonsense anyhow.
The money gets dipped directly from their checks, and they take it after taxes.
There are two important things about weapons to consider before using them. First: You have to train their use, otherwise you are insecure using them. And a potential danger to third persons. Second, and this is even more important: If you carry a gun and draw it, you have to be ready to use it. Otherwise this weapon will be turned against you.
Practice is important. Regularly go to the range. Be familiar with your gun of choice. Become comfortable with it.
I don’t agree with what you said that if you draw a gun, and don’t use it, that it will be turned against you. It’s possible, but highly unlikely. Having said that, if you do draw your gun, you should definitely be ready to use it. Maybe that’s what you meant.
I would venture to say that the majority of criminals will turn their ass around and run when a gun is pointed at them. Or freeze in place out of fear. They’re not going to lunge at you with your gun pointed in their face, which would bring upon them near certain death, unless they are completely nuts (a possibility), which would (should) then quickly result in a long dirt nap in the horizontal position for said criminal.
If possible, flee the scene. The just-us system will try to crucify you anyway.
I do not have a gun,but in my home,I have a Fairbairn/Sykes knife,escrima sticks,a walking stick.In my car I have a legal sized folder,a yawara stick,and billy club,all out of site,but within reach.
Frank, get a gun or your arse’ll be bleedin!
A guy I used to work with finally convinced his wife she need to learn how to shoot. She really enjoys it now, has her carry permit. She got pulled over for something, and the cop asked her if she had her gun with her. She said yes. His only comment was “good girl!”.
Never take… a Fairbairn/Sykes knife,escrima sticks,a walking stick or a legal sized folder,a yawara stick,and billy club…to a gunfight. It will not turn out well for you.
God Save this Great Republic
I know-but here in Canada,you CAN get guns,rifles,shotguns,hand guns are hader to get,and you cannot carry them for self-defense.Even using a gun in legitimate self-defense is very tough to get out of in the courts.I still plan on getting a Ruger mini 14 regardless.
Interesting reading all those news clips about people cleaning up the gene pool.
You gotta stand your ground. I find it outrageous that in some states you can’t shoot a violent intruder in your own home without risk of being locked up for self preservation. If someone breaks into my home, if I have half a chance, they will probably not enjoy visiting me uninvited.
I say better still to be in the hands of a jury than pall bearers.
Krav Maga + firearms
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Add to the list the story of Lance Thomas who survived 4 attempted robberies at his West Los Angeles Rolex shop before deciding to close his shop and go elsewhere. He was interviewed on Justice Files years ago. He just made the decision that if he was going down, he would take the other person with him.