In the endless debate centered around gun control, you’ll always hear contradictory stories. Underneath it all is the bottom line that liberals don’t seem to believe that home invasions happen. Or, they at least don’t believe that good guys with guns can consistently stop the bad guys.
It’s impossible to actually measure, but conservative estimates suggest that armed American citizens stop upwards of 10,000 crimes a year. Most of the time, the presence of a gun de-escalates situations to the point that they don’t seem newsworthy. Every once in a while, they slip past the liberal media blockade and we get to hear about direct situations where good guys with guns save the day. These are just from the last week.
This technically happened at the beginning of December, but it’s too good not to include here. In Baton Rouge, a man named Caesar Ray had to deal with a home invasion. A neighbor called him to warn about someone lurking in the neighborhood, so when Ray heard something suspicious, he didn’t hesitate to grab his gun and investigate.
What he found was Roberto Garcia trying to break into his home. The unfortunate criminal was held at gunpoint until the police arrived on the scene to arrest him. What makes this story so special? Ray livestreamed the entire thing on Facebook. The criminal was caught in the act, and video evidence was there as proof. Maybe next time, the crooks shouldn’t try to rob a former member of law enforcement and the Department of Corrections.
This one had the left in arms. About a week ago, a robbery suspect was killed trying to rob a house. The homeowner’s name has not been released, but he responded to the home invasion with deadly force. After shooting the perpetrator, he called the police, and an investigation began. The homeowner has not been arrested, but he will have to face a grand jury to determine if his actions were in self-defense.
This is already upsetting, but it gets worse. The deceased criminal was named Cornelius Love. He had been released from prison only three days before the incident. He was still on parole as part of a 21-month sentence. His previous crime was armed robbery. In the face of this, the left is upset that the homeowner wasn’t arrested and was somehow allowed by the state to defend his home. I guess that shouldn’t be surprising.
Springfield Gas Station
In Springfield, a would-be robber had a different experience. The store manager had a strange gut feeling about a customer. That customer raised his shirt to reveal a gun in the waistband of his pants. When he looked up, it was into the barrel of the manager’s raised handgun. The fast response stopped the crime in progress, and the store manager held the robber until the police came to arrest him. In the police report, the criminal admitted to being high on marijuana. His drug trip was the inspiration for his ill-conceived robbery. Thankfully, another armed citizen was there to stop things before they could spiral out of control. Ultimately, it’s just one more of countless cases of good guys with guns stopping crime.
Our last story is a little different. In Washington State, a gun show joined forces with the Safer Homes Suicide Aware group to help battle suicide. Most responsible gun owners already know, but suicide accounts for two-thirds of all gun fatalities in America. It is the real “gun violence epidemic,” and only a combined effort from all Americans can stop it.
In a beautiful display in Washington, the members of the gun show supported the Safer Homes display and helped bring droves of people to it. The concentrated effort helped educate hundreds of Washingtonians on gun safety and ways to get help in the face of suicidal thoughts.
There are clear lessons to be learned. First, ignore the fake news media. They constantly lie about the reality of gun ownership in our great nation. Regular citizens are performing heroic actions every day, and it is our Second Amendment Right that empowers them.
The second lesson is one you’ll learn in most gun training courses: stay vigilant. The gun is only a tool. It is up to each one of us to wield the tool correctly. Lastly, every small contribution can make a huge difference in the battle against suicide. Stay safe out there.
~ American Gun News