Today, we have two incidents that illustrate graphically why there are times when nothing else will do. Guns can and do save lives, contrary to those gun control people who, regardless of what they say, want to confiscate our weapons. According to them, incidents like the two chronicled here just don’t happen, and both shooters should have called 911 instead of relying on a handgun.
Pregnant mom thwarts intruder
From: hotair.com, by Jazz Shaw, on Jan 11, 2017
This story comes to us via our sharp-eyed colleague Bob Owens at Bearing Arms and it’s a heartwarming tale to be sure. A mother of one in Phoenix with another child on the way was awoken this week in the wee hours of the morning by the sound of breaking glass when a would-be burglar or assailant attempted a home invasion. Unfortunately for the intruder, he picked the wrong house. The details from the local ABC outlet describe just how bad of an idea this turned out to be.
Police say a woman woke up to the sound of a man breaking into the back window of her home. The woman grabbed a gun and fired in the direction of the man attempting to gain entry.
It does not appear the suspect was hit by the gunfire, and the suspect fled the scene. It was not immediately known if the suspect left the area on foot or in a vehicle.
Looking at some of the comments left at the local outlet it sounds as if there were readers who felt that the woman was somehow deficient because she failed to actually hit the target and the home invader most likely escaped unharmed. That, to me, seems rather short-sighted and overly critical. From the sound of things, the house was dark and the woman didn’t want to get too close to the intruder. For all she knew he may have been armed as well, so why get into a close quarters shootout? The end objective of any home defense action is to save your own life and the lives of your children (both born and unborn) while thwarting the suspect’s attempts. Nobody in the home was injured and the attacker was driven off. Sounds like a win to me.
Bob Owens digs a bit deeper, though, and really gets to the heart of why access to defensive firearms is important, particularly for those who are less physically capable of defending themselves.
The harsh truth of this world is that there is no equality in nature. There will always been people who are younger, bigger, stronger, and more ruthless than you are, just as there are those who are going to be smaller, older, more physically delicate, and of a gentler nature.
Firearms are a tool that allows those more vulnerable souls—such as this young mother and her children—the opportunity to defend themselves against human predators. She could not reasonably expect to use a stun gun, chemical spray, impact, weapon or edged-weapon, or even a 911 call to police in this situation without a great risk to herself and her unborn child, not to mention her existing child.
What she needed to keep her children safe was a firearm. The time to call the police was after she had dealt with the threat.
Bob is, of course, exactly right. The world isn’t a “fair” place, no matter how much the rainbow and unicorn contingent might wish it to be so. There are evil people out there who will prey on their fellow man given the opportunity. Some citizens are simply not as physically capable of combat as others and firearms – combined with proper training and safety precautions – are the great equalizer in this formula.
The more criminals run into homes with armed occupants, the more likely they are to think twice before doing it. And as Bob points out, the police can’t be everywhere at once. Even if the mother in this story had dialed 911 immediately, it might have been too late by the time they arrived had she not possessed the tools to see to her own security. (Independent Journal Review notes that the average response time varies from city to city but averages anywhere from nine to fifteen minutes.) This woman saved herself and her children and we should keep in mind that a delay of fifteen minutes in this situation could have amounted to the rest of her life.
Good Samaritan with Gun Kills Man Beating State Trooper (DRT)
Perp refused order to stop smashing wounded officer’s head into pavement
From: wnd.com, on Jan 12, 2017
An Arizona state trooper is alive today because a gun-toting stranger came to his rescue as an assailant smashed the trooper’s head into the pavement Thursday.
A 27-year Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper came upon the scene of a rollover crash on Interstate 10 in Tonopah, Arizona, early Thursday at about 4:20 a.m. A woman had been ejected in the accident and later died.
Then the officer, who has not yet been named in news reports, pulled over to investigate and block off lanes of traffic with flares.
Suddenly a man ambushed the trooper and shot him in the right shoulder, according to Arizona’s KPNX-TV 12. The assailant continued to attack the wounded officer, smashing his head into the concrete.
“The suspect is getting the better of the trooper and is on top of him and striking the trooper’s head on the pavement,” said Arizona DPS Director Col. Frank Milstead, who provided details of the incident to reporters.
That’s when an unnamed Good Samaritan, who had been traveling toward California on the interstate with his wife, quickly pulled over to help.
The passerby asked the trooper if he needed assistance, and the officer replied, “Please help me.”
“That person retreats back to his vehicle, removes his own weapon from the vehicle, confronts the suspect, giving him orders to stop assaulting the officer,” Milstead said.
But the attacker refused to stop beating the trooper.
So the Good Samaritan fired a shot, killing the suspect and saving the officer’s life.
He then picked up the officer’s radio and requested help. The trooper is now conscious and in stable condition at a local hospital. He is expected to undergo surgery on his shoulder.
“I don’t know if my trooper would be alive today without his assistance,” Milstead said, thanking the Good Samaritan.
He also noted that the officer had been “heroically” responding to a collision in the middle of major traffic while it was “pitch black” outside.
“Everybody wants to make this job seem easy, that anybody could do it,” he said. “Well, I will tell you that not everybody can do this job. You have to have a servant mentality, and you have to have a sense of confidence about yourself and your ability to react in a moment’s notice. It is the unknown that causes the problems with police and bad people.
“These are good men and women who go to church with you. They go to Costco at the same Costco you do. They’re your neighbors. The media tries to make us somehow different than everybody else in society. We’re not. We’re just the ones who are here to serve and protect you. We’re the ones who will give our lives to protect somebody who can’t protect themselves.”
Ask yourself what would have been the likely outcome if neither the pregnant mom or the Good Samaritan had access to a gun? The gun control lobby likes to say that we gun rights people are constantly exaggerating the number of times that the defensive use of a gun results in a positive outcome for the gun owner. Well, here’s a study that was funded by (gasp!) the Obama administration:
The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council released the results of their research through the CDC last month. Researchers compiled data from previous studies in order to guide future research on gun violence, noting that “almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year.”
That’s roughly in line with the Gun Owners of America estimates of about 2.5 million times a year that law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals.
I know that the gun control goons don’t want to hear it, but I’ll say it again, guns can and do save lives.