As reported, police say that North Carolina state Senator Soles shot 22 year old Kyle Blackburn, as Blackburn and another suspect, B.J. Wright, allegedly broke into Soles home. Blackburn was previously arrested in September 2008 for allegedly breaking into Soles’ home. Blackburn survived, and was listed in fair condition at a local hospital. Police are investigating, and District Attorney Rex Gore declined to comment about any possible charges this early in the investigation.
Cases like this really reinforce my support of self defense rights, and the value of gun ownership for self defense. Had Soles been unarmed, it is rather unlikely that this 72 year old Senator would have been able to defend himself against a pair of alleged home invaders who were decades younger. Firearms really are the great equalizer, and allow one older individual to fend off multiple young home invaders. Contrast that with what can happen when an unarmed older gentleman is attacked by multiple young criminals, and the value of gun ownership for self defense is clear.