As reported, a Chattanooga, Tennessee homeowner used his handgun to fend off two armed and violent home invaders.
Police say that the homeowner, who was also a concealed carry permit holder, was in his house when two armed attackers entered and demanded money. The homeowner, who was carrying his handgun at the time, drew that handgun and fired at the robbers. At least one of the robbers was hit, at which point they both fled, leaving the homeowner unharmed, according to police. One suspect, reportedly identified as Leon McKinney, was found at a local hospital suffering from gunshot wounds to the chest and legs. Police say McKinney, who has a lengthy criminal history which includes an attempted murder conviction and over 21 arrests, was listed in serious condition at the Erlanger Medical Center.
As I’ve noted before, criminals often work in groups, using superior numbers to overwhelm their victims. When that happens, even the strongest unarmed victims can be overpowered by the numerically superior criminals. An unarmed victim is even worse off when those multiple criminals are also themselves armed.
When a crime victim is armed for self defense, things can be quite different. Every day, firearms allow a single crime victim to successfully defend themselves against multiple attackers. Here, this homeowner used his handgun to fend off 2 attackers. Similarly, this man used his handgun to defend himself against 3 violent men who broke into his apartment. This business owner used his shotgun to stop 4 armed robbers who where pistol whipping an employee and threatening the lives of everyone present. This mother used her handgun to defend herself and her young children from a pair of home invading prison escapees. This woman used her gun to fend off 4 home invaders. This man used his gun to save himself and his wife from 4 armed robbers. This 91 year old man used his gun to save himself and his wheelchair bound wife from a pair of armed criminals who broke in to their home. I could go on with more examples, but the point should be clear: Armed self defense works, and is often a crime victim’s best chance at avoiding harm.