Civilian Gun Defense blog carries all sorts of stories about how average citizens everyday use guns to save their lives and the lives of others. Here's a recent example (the permalinks aren't working but this story can be accessed by going to the above link and scrolling down):
An elderly wheelchair-bound man shot and critically wounded an intruder at his Orange Mound home Friday afternoon, Memphis police said.
Officers were called about 2 p.m. to the 2300 block of Zanone, where the unidentified homeowner "apparently heard a crash as if someone was coming in through the window and saw a male subject he did not know," said Det. Monique Martin.
The homeowner fired two shots and struck the home invasion suspect at least once. The wounded intruder was transported to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis in critical condition, Martin said.
Police say 84-year-old Willie Hancox called 911 around two Friday afternoon to say that he had shot an intruder.
Hancox says he fired two shots, hitting an intruder twice in the head.
Hancox says he is sick of the crime in his community.
"He said if they come in the door, I'm not gonna let them kill me and he meant that," says neighbor, Dorothy Dickerson.
Dickerson lives across the street and looks after Hancox.
Dickerson adds, "I say God is good, cause they had no business in there, and whoever did that got what they deserved. And, I say it in front of they face, not behind they back and I mean it."
Dickerson's sentiment is shared by most neighbors.
"He did the right thing," says neighbor, Markel Dickerson. "People that's law abiding people is getting tired of being pushed around by the thugs and thieves and dope dealers."
That's why Mr. Hancox had a gun, one his sons recently tried to take from him.
"We came over here that Saturday morning he said, hey, where's my gun, I need it back. I told him dad, you dont' really need a gun in this house." says Jake Hancox.
Jake Hancox says after speaking with his brother, the two decided to give the gun back to their father.
Now, both brothers are glad they listened. Jake Hancox says that the situation could have easily ended the other way around.
"Maybe somebody looks at the situation here and they might not do it," says Hancox.
It's a message homeowners hope criminals hear as loud and clear as a gunshot.
The intruder is listed in critical condition.
Mr. Hancox's neighbors sound as feisty as he does.
Anyway, somewhere in this story there's a lesson or two for those, like Barak Obama, for instance, who would have made it illegal for Mr. Hancox to possess that weapon.
One lesson, perhaps, is that it's always better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.RLC