As reported, a home invader who threatened the lives of a woman and a child was shot in self defense by a resident of that home.
Police say that a pair of armed robbers broke in to a home on the 5700 block of Sussex Street in Shreveport, LA, and threatened to kill a woman and a child if they didn’t comply with the robbery. The home invaders then began to steal from the home, and fired shots from their handguns to further intimidate their victims, according to police. A resident came home during the robbery, and was shot in the leg by one of the criminals, police say. At that point, the resident reportedly managed to grab his attacker’s gun and fire in self defense, striking that attacker in head. Police arrived and the wounded attacker and wounded resident were transported to a local hospital, where the attacker died and the resident was treated then released, according to police. The dead home invader was reportedly identified as 22 year old Joseph Taylor, and police are said to be seeking a second home invasion suspect.
Those opposed to gun ownership for self defense often argue that a crime victim who is caught unawares will be unable to get their gun and defend themselves. As this case shows, such theoretical arguments don’t necessarily reflect reality. In this case, we have a man who was unarmed, yet managed to grab a a gun from his attacker and defend himself and his family – all after walking in to an in-progress home invasion then being shot. If this man can successfully grab his attacker’s gun and defend himself, then it follows that an already-armed homeowner would be in an even better position to act in self defense.
A few recent examples show that point to be true: This homeowner used his gun to defend himself against an attacker who drove across several states to settle a decades old dispute by ambushing him early in the morning. This man managed to shoot 2 armed robbers in self defense, despite being choked by the robbers and held at gunpoint in his own home. This homeowner managed to get his gun from a drawer, despite the fact that a criminal held a knife to him. This elderly man managed to grab a self defense gun, despite being shocked with a stun gun and beaten by a 24 year old man. This man managed to draw his concealed carry handgun and shoot an armed robber in self defense, despite the fact that that robber was standing behind him and pointing a shotgun at his back. This jewelry store owner managed to grab his gun from under a desk, despite the fact that two robbers were in his store, one of whom had a gun pointed at him. This pawnshop manager managed to shoot an armed in self defense, saving himself and his teenage employee, despite the fact that a gun was being held to that employee’s throat. I could go on with many more examples, but the point should be clear – armed self defense works.