As reported, a Garrard County, Kentucky homeowner used his gun to stop a burglar.

Police say that the homeowner returned to his house just after 4:00PM, to find a burglar.  Acting in self defense, the homeowner shot the burglar, causing him to flee, according to news reports. A suspect, reportedly suffering from a gunshot wound, was later apprehended and taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

Those who are unarmed, or who are armed with an inferior weapon, will often end up overpowered by the criminal, with dire consequences.  Nor can a citizen rely upon the police for protection, as they are minutes away while it takes a criminal who is breaking in just seconds to get to their victim.  It is also important to note that the police will sometimes fail to help even when asked repeatedly, and they are not legally liable for that failure.  Adding to the problem, police are 5.5 times more likely than an armed citizen to shoot the wrong person, meaning that there is a certain degree of danger anytime there are armed police coming to the aid of a citizen.  In sum, self defense is often a crime victim’s best – if not only – option.