As reported, a 26 year old man was outside his apartment when three attackers confronted him. The man retreated to his apartment, however the criminals broke in to his home and continued to attack him. Fearing for his safety, the man used his handgun to shoot the home invaders, killing two and injuring one. The surviving suspect is expected to live, and face charges for this attack.
When a citizen’s home is invaded, that citizen may suffer torture or murder – and complying with the criminals demands is no guarantee that they will refrain from harming the victim. Running away from the criminal often doesn’t work out any better, and is often not even a viable option when cornered/surrounded by criminals.
However gun ownership can often prevent those tragic outcomes. As this case and countless others show, armed citizens can and do defend themselves against home invaders, rapists, would-be murderers, armed robbers, and every other kind of violent attacker. Guns allow pregnant women, the elderly, and other classes of vulnerable people to defend themselves against attack by physically stronger and/or more numerous attackers. Guns are the great equalizer, and an essential part of a free and civilized society.
My thanks to Anders for pointing out this self defense case.