As reported, an 80 year old homeowner used his handgun to stop a home invader:
Police say that an elderly man and his wife were taking a nap, in their home on the 8000 block of Brown Rd in Pulteney, NY, at about 7:45PM ,when they awoke to the sound of an intruder breaking in through a bathroom window. The homeowner reportedly grabbed his gun, confronted the intruder, only to have the intruder advance on him. At this point, the elderly gentleman is said to have fired two shots, which struck the intruder in the stomach and groin, and caused the intruder to stop. Police arrived and apprehended a 40 year old suspect, who was then taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to news reports. Police are said to be investigating whether this suspect is connected with a string of daylight burglaries that have recently plagued the area.
It is a sad fact that criminals prey on senior citizens, seeing them as easy targets. Unarmed senior citizens can often be overpowered by even a single young criminal who is stronger and faster, and as a result may suffer greatly in their own home.
However, when senior citizens are armed for self defense, they are in the best position possible to defend themselves. A few examples illustrate this point: This armed 85 year old woman held a home invader at gunpoint, and made him call the police on himself. This armed 93 year old man shot a home invader in self defense after the home invader began to attack him. This armed 70 year old woman held an intruder at gunpoint until the police arrived to arrest him. This armed 91 year old man used his handgun to fend off two home invader who had broken in and threatened his wheelchair-bound wife with their guns. This armed 84 year old man used his handgun to stop a criminal who repeatedly tried to enter his home through the front door, back door, and a window. I could go on with more examples, but the point should be clear: armed self defense is a senior citizen’s best chance at stopping a younger and stronger criminal.