Gun Rights Made All the Difference for These Intended Victims
Despite all the gun control rhetoric, a look at just this past May proves that gun rights make all the difference for the intended victims of criminal gun violence.
Amy Swearer, a senior legal policy analyst at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation offered these examples reporting for The Daily Signal.
May 1 — Detroit, Michigan
Detroit’s WXYZ reported a 59-year-old woman realized three men had broken the security bars on her window. After calling the police, she realized she didn’t have the average response time of first responders to wait to do something. She fired her weapon in the direction of the window. One intruder was wounded and all three fled.
Before the incident, the woman heard someone banging on her front door and window. When she didn’t answer the door, the assailants probably thinking no one was home broke the security bars on her window. The homeowner who grabbed her .44 caliber gun said, “I was just trying to scare them off … I wasn’t trying to hit nobody.”
May 5 — Memphis, Tennessee
A woman called police after seeing a man via her security cameras suspiciously walking along the side of her house. Before help could arrive, the man kicked down her door, only to be welcomed by a hail of gunfire from the woman. Wounded, the would-be robber fled the scene and was later arrested after admitting himself to a hospital.
May 7 — Lumberton, North Carolina
According to WMBF of Lumberton, two men entered a man’s open garage around 5:30 pm and pulled a gun on the tenant. Instead, the 39-year-old resident pulled his own gun and shot one suspect in the leg.
Both robbers were arrested with one being charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
May 9 — Huntsville, Alabama
A 23-year-old man who is a concealed carry permit holder was chatting with his mother in the parking lot of a Publix Grocery store when two armed robbers approached them. One man pointed the gun at the mother and her son responded by firing to defend her.
The two men fled in a stolen vehicle and were later apprehended by police.
May 14 — Tallahassee, Florida
A homeowner faced four armed assailants who had stolen his keys and broken into his home. The homeowner responded by arming himself with his rifle and firing approximately 25 rounds in defense. After exchanging fire, the robbers ultimately fled to be arrested later by law enforcement.
May 25 – Hudson, Florida
25-year-old mother Lauren Richards held an intruder in her home for an incredible 26 minutes as she waited for police to arrive. A 911 recording shows she called for help a second time saying, “I have a gun pointed and I need the police to show up immediately. I called 10 minutes ago and nobody has shown up.”
After her second call, she held her gun on the intruder for another 13 minutes before police arrive. A neighbor who came to help told reporters, “She’s got little kids. We held him at gunpoint until the cops showed up. Had she not had a gun and been ready to protect herself or call the neighbors, she might [not] be standing here cause who knows what would happen.”
May 30 — Houston, Texas
Three men impersonating police forced their way into a woman’s home before she was wounded in a shootout with them in southeast Houston. The fake cops fled but not until one shot the woman in the arm.
During their escape, they were involved in a second shooting with a car owner who also had a concealed carry permit. Real police finally arrive to arrest the armed robbers.
May 31 — Las Vegas
People attempting to break into their house assaulted two brothers who live near East Harmon Avenue. When the older brother was attacked by an intruder in his hallway, his younger sibling fired several shots at the intruder. The assailant died later from defensive gunshot wounds.
Retired LVMPD detective Phil Ramos told LAS VEGAS FOX5, “People are getting so tired of being victimized all the time, people are getting tired of the lawlessness going on, the disrespect of their property.”
This snapshot of defensive gun use shows why our Second Amendment rights make all the difference for intended victims.