As reported, a Chicago home invasion ended with the 80 year old victim unharmed, and the violent felon who broke into his home fatally shot in self defense:
Police say that the elderly homeowner, who is a veteran of the Navy, was asleep in his East Garfield Park home at 5 AM, when a burglar broke and entered. When the homeowner went to investigate the noise, the burglar reportedly opened fire but missed, at which point the homeowner fired his own gun in self defense, striking the burglar and ending the violent home invasion. A suspect, reportedly identified as 29 year old Anthony Nelson, who was on parole and has convictions for drug and weapons offenses, was found dead, according to police. Neither the 80 year old homeowner nor his wife were harmed. The elderly homeowner reportedly purchased his self defense gun after suffering an armed home invasion robbery several months ago, at which point her vowed not become a victim in the future. Chicago’s Mayor Daley has refused to say whether the city of Chicago will attempt to prosecute this elderly man for violating the Chicago handgun ban by possessing the gun that saved his life.
Gun control advocates believe that infringing the right of law abiding citizens to own a gun for self defense will somehow prevent criminals from having a gun and using it to commit a crime. The fact is that criminals ignore the laws that tell them not to have a gun, just as readily as they ignore the rest of society’s laws. The result is that criminals remained armed, and are able to prey upon their defenseless victims with impunity. Adding insult to injury, gun bans lead to situations where those citizens who fire in self defense end up prosecuted for saving their own lives.
Amazingly, many Chicago politicians still blame guns for Chicago’s high crime, and trot out more ineffective gun control laws during each legislative session, completely ignoring the fact that existing gun control laws have failed and a criminal willing to break the law against murder or robber will be just as willing to break another half dozen gun control laws. Adding insult to injury, these same politicians are protected by armed bodyguards (at taxpayer expense), while denying ordinary citizens the right to armed self defense. Hopefully, the soon to be decided McDonald v. Chicago case will put an end to Chicago’s handgun ban and the injustice that goes along with it.
My thanks to the many, many people who emailed me about this self defense shooting.
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