As reported, Detroit police say that at about 5AM, behind the apartment building at 1670 Oakman, an armed robber came up behind a man and put a gun to that man’s head. The man had a concealed carry permit, and drew his self defense gun. The robber and his would-be victim exchanged gunshot, and the robber was critically injured. The would-be victim suffered only a minor injury to the head (it is unclear whether this injury was from a bullet, but it is clear that the victim’s injury was rather minor). Police say that if the robber survives, he will likely be charged with armed robbery, and probably attempted murder.
Those opposed to armed self defense often suggest that a citizen faced with an armed robber will not have time to draw their self defense gun. This is simply not the case. Here, this man had an armed robber pointing a gun at the back of his head, yet managed to draw his gun, turn around, and shoot the robber. Nor is this an isolated case. An a Florida self defense case from a few months ago, a criminal pointed a shotgun at the back of a man who was unlocking the gate to his property. That man managed to draw his concealed handgun, turn around, and shoot the robber in self defense, without being shot himself. Similarly, an Oklahoma City man was sleeping in his home, only to be awoken by a criminal standing over him with a knife. The criminal made the man turn off his home security system, and took the man at gunpoint to the man’s bedroom, demanding money. With an armed criminal standing at his back, the man pretended to look for money, but instead grabbed a gun from a drawer and opened fire on the robber, saving himself. Self defense work, as both case studies and statistical evidence makes clear