As reported, a mother used her handgun to fend off a rapist who broke into her daughter’s bedroom:
Police say that at about 5:30am, a man broke into a home on Minnesota Avenue in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, armed with a knife. The man reportedly entered the daughter’s room and climbed on top of her, preparing to rape her. When the attacker put down his knife, the daughter reportedly grabbed it then screamed for help, prompting her mother to grab a handgun and rush to her daughter’s aid. The mother is said to have order the rapist out of the house at gunpoint. Police apprehend a suspect, reportedly identified as 51 year old Craig Kizer, who the mother and daughter reportedly identified as the intruder, according to news reports. Kizer is said to have be a worker who helped renovate the home, according to the mother. After being taken into custody, Kizer was charged with attempted forcible rape, armed criminal action, burglary, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police.
A recurring theme that I hear in anti gun arguments is the mistaken idea that if a person is law abiding and doesn’t get involved with criminals, then they won’t really have to worry about being attacked by criminals. While some crime is certainly criminal-on-criminal as they try to steal each other’s drugs and drug profits, there is plenty of crime directed at law abiding citizens, as seems to be the case here. A few additional examples: This unarmed family had a random home invader come to their house, make them strip naked, rob them, and sexually assault their 10 year old daughter. This unarmed 85 year old woman had a home invading rapist randomly break into her home, rob her, and brutally rape her in multiple rooms of her house. These unarmed motorists and pedestrians were randomly targeted for robbery, kidnapping, and sexual assault. This elderly woman was raped and then set on fire after being randomly selected by a violent criminal. Crime can happen to anyone, even if they are the most law abiding and respected member of their community – and it is therefore wise to be capable of defending oneself and one’s family.
Fortunately, this mother understood the importance of being armed for self defense, and as a result was able to save her daughter from an armed rapist. Once again, armed self defense works.
My thanks to Skippy for pointing out this self defense example.