By Rob Morse
Louisiana- (Ammoland.com)- President Obama said taking away our guns will make us safer. Some news reporters said the same thing. They say a good guy with a gun never stops a bad guy with a gun. Well isn’t this a surprise. Here are five examples of self-defense that happened within the last month. They show people who not only stopped a criminal and saved lives.
These armed civilians might have stopped mass murder!
1- Katie and Matt Klaxon were filling up their car at a Springfield, Missouri gas station. Their four children were in the car as well. Matt was pumping gas when a stranger approached Katie who was still sitting in the car. The stranger opened the car door and threatened Katie with a large knife. Katie called for Matt who then drew his Beretta pistol and told the man to leave. The assailant said Quote “You’re lucky he has a gun,” as he closed the car door and backed away. The couple called police and kept an eye on the man who tried to open other car doors. The assailant was arrested by police.
2- A mother of four used a gun to save her children and herself from three armed home invaders. Security camera video shows three men kicking in the back door of this home outside Dayton, Ohio. The armed thieves held the woman and her four children at gunpoint. The thieves hit the homeowner in the head and face with their guns and demanded she open her husband’s safe. The homeowner grabbed her gun as the thieves emptied the safe. She shot one of the thieves and all three tried to make their escape. The wounded criminal died outside the home still clutching his firearm.
3- Two teenagers wearing masks walked into a Chicago liquor store. One of them hopped over the counter and started beating the store clerk. The other robber remained in front of the counter. A relative of the store owner heard a commotion from upstairs and saw the robbery suspects when he looked down from a stairwell. The family member pulled his gun. He shot and killed the two thieves. Police suspect the two criminals had robbed at least two other stores in the area. The liquor store was robbed several years ago. Police said the armed employee in the liquor store would probably not face charges.
4- A mother alone with her three children spotted an intruder in her yard. She called 911, but the police would take many minutes to arrive at this remote home outside Austin, Texas. The intruder tried the front door, but that was locked. The intruder then broke through the kitchen door. The homeowner said she was armed, but the intruder would not leave. He stopped advancing after she shot him once. The mother said, “I kept telling him to get out of my house and that I have a gun. I'm convinced I did the right thing. He made the choice to come into my house. He was not going to get past me to get to my children.” Emergency medical services transported the wounded intruder to the hospital by helicopter. The intruder is expected to survive and will face charges when he is released.
5- Two men entered a mobile T-Mobile phone store in Chicago. For a few minutes, they shopped for phones. Then they pulled out guns and started robbing the place. One of the store employees has his concealed carry permit and was armed. He presented his own handgun and shot the two robbers. He hit one robber in the groin and the arm, and the other in the abdomen and the arm. The thieves were able to run from the store while another store employee following them outside and gave police their description. The thieves drove to a nearby hospital where police took them into custody.
The store manager said, “I think concealed carry is a great opportunity for managers, workers and employees to protect themselves. Our employee did a great job to protect himself and others.” Local businessmen said the cell phone store had been robbed several times in the last month. A regional manager for T-Mobile, said the company allows employees with concealed carry licenses to have weapons at work.
Politicians and the news media says it doesn’t happen, but armed citizens defend themselves every day. You always suspected that was true. Now you know.
Rob Morse: Rob writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog. He co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. He is also an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.