Bob Irwin highlights the latest self-defense and other shootings of the week. Read them and see what went wrong, what went right, and what we can learn from self-defense with a gun.
A news release by the Hot Springs Police Department says the 23-year-old victim was shot in his home during an apparent robbery by two male assailants. Police described one of the robbers as standing roughly 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a medium build and twisted dreadlocks. The other robber stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall and has a slender build. Both assailants are believed to be in their early 20s or younger. Friends and family are offering a $1,500 reward for information that results in arrests and convictions.
Detective Scott Lampinen said investigators are also encouraging the public to recall anything that might help police locate a suspect.
“We don’t know if these guys are local or from out of town,” he said. “We’re basically just trying to jog anybody’s memory about somebody that maybe had an injury that is not consistent with maybe a story that they were being told.”
Investigators found blood at the scene that didn’t match the victim’s, suggesting that one of the intruders had also been shot.
Another tragedy of senseless street crime. The issue involved here is training and practice. Having a firearm is not enough; you need to be able to deploy it quickly and accurately!
Law-abiding citizens must get training and practice, practice, practice. Instruction is available all over the internet. Get together with your untrained neighbors, have everybody chip in for a membership, join the NRA, and share the knowledge.
If live fire training is out of reach (financially or physically) buy a cheap laser pointer and tape it to your gun, so it points where the sights point.
With the UNLOADED firearm, point it around the room, put it down and pick it up over and over. Then you will be able to shoot relatively straight in the dark.
Find a friend who hunts, go out with them to learn safety procedures, loading and unloading, and practice firing your rifle or handgun. Don’t be a first-time shooter when your life is on the line.
Bob Irwin, Las Vegas
About Bob Irwin
Bob is retired after 30 years of ownership of The Gun Store & Indoor Range in Las Vegas. He continues his 2A issues show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” on YouTube and on KLEY 1230 AM, The Nevada Talk Network on Saturdays.
As a firearm instructor of Concealed Firearm Applicants, Armed Security Officer and Law Enforcement Academies over his career, Bob frequently appears as an expert witness for firearm & use of force cases in Federal, State, and local courts.