As reported, a University of Arizona student was in his off-campus guest house apartment around midnight, when there was a knock at the door. One of the two men at the door asked for someone who did not live there, an the other had a gun. The student ran back into his home, and grabbed his self defense gun. Second later, the criminals barged into home. The armed student was able to shoot the home invaders and save his own life. Police believe that the home invading criminals meant to target a different house, but ended up at this home by accident.
This is not the first time that criminals have accidentally targeted the wrong person, and it won’t be last. Some non gun owners like to believe that they are safe from criminals, on the faulty theory that criminals will mainly choose to prey on other criminals, particularly those with large quantities of drugs or money. The fact is that criminals do intentionally target many law abiding citizens, as such citizens are easy targets. Even the criminals that intend to break into the homes of other criminals to steal their drugs or money will accidentally target the wrong house – and angry criminals who realize their error don’t tend to be kind to the residents of that home.
Those who think that students should not be able to owns guns for self defense would do well think about cases like this, as well as the tragic school shootings in which unarmed students were left defenseless.