As reported, a Deerfield Township, Michigan man used his shotgun to fend off three early-morning burglars:
Police say that the 73 year old man was in his home, just after 6am, when he awoke to the sound of a home invasion. Grabbing his shotgun, the man reportedly told the intruders to stay put still until the police could arrive, and fired a warning shot into the floor. The burglars ignored the homeowner and ran, at which point one of the burglars got into their vehicle drove it toward the elderly man, according to police. Fearing for his safety, the homeowner is said to have fired at the vehicle’s tires, preventing the suspect from running him over or picking up the other two suspects. The suspects then reportedly fled, with one leaving in the vehicle and the other two fleeing on foot. Three suspects, including one with shotgun pellet wounds, have reportedly been apprehended by police and the homeowner is said to have suffered no injuries.
I would note the great restraint that this homeowner showed by not immediately firing at the 3 home invaders, and for aiming at the vehicle’s tires when he finally did fire in self defense. Those opposed to gun rights like to suggest that armed citizens who fire in self defense are blood thirsty killers just looking for an excuse to take a life. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, such armed citizens fire as a last resort, in order to protect themselves and their families from an imminent threat. As another example, this disabled veteran, who had a concealed carry permit, decided to comply with a robber’s demands for his wallet instead of shooting in self defense. It was only when the robber continued to advance on him while brandishing a metal pipe that the citizen fired in self defense. Similarly, this pizza delivery driver handed over his money and tried to back away, and only fired in self defense after the violent robber followed him and continued to threaten his life. As a final example, this man gave a machete-wielding attacker multiple chances to cease his attack before firing in self defense, and even provided first aid to the attacker after he was forced to fire. In the current case, as well as those two examples, armed citizens risked their lives by hesitating, in an attempt to avoid having to shooting a violent attacker. Note that I’m not suggesting that citizens should or must hesitate the way that these citizens did; instead, my only point is that armed citizens are not the violence-prone individuals that anti gun groups suggest them to be.