As reported, an armed homeowner from Cincinnati, Ohio reportedly used his gun to fend of an early-morning burglar:
Police say that the man was in his home at 1 AM, in a secluded area on the 4400 block of Hillside Avenue, when he heard a burglar attempting to break in. Fearing for his safety, the homeowner reportedly grabbed his gun and fired in self defense, sending the burglar fleeing. The homeowner was unharmed, and police are seeking the would-be intruder.
Those who are unarmed, or who are armed with an inferior weapon, will often end up overpowered by the criminal, with dire consequences. Nor can a citizen rely upon the police for protection, as they are minutes away while it takes a criminal who is breaking in just seconds to get to their victim. It is also important to note that the police will sometimes fail to help even when asked repeatedly, and they are not legally liable for that failure. Adding to the problem, police are 5.5 times more likely than an armed citizen to shoot the wrong person, meaning that there is a certain degree of danger anytime there are armed police coming to the aid of a citizen. In sum, self defense is often a crime victim’s best – if not only – option.
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