As reported, a man and his girlfriend used their shotgun to chase off a pair of violent home invading robbers:
Police say that at about 6:30AM, a pair of armed and masked intruders broke into a home on the 6100 block of 72nd Street East in Puyallup, Washington, and demanded that the homeowner turn over jewelry. The robbers are said to have become violent, pistol whipping the man. At some point, the homeowner’s girlfriend reportedly grabbed a shotgun from under a bed and tossed it to her boyfriend, at which point he and the intruders both opened fire. One intruder was shot – possibly by his accomplice – and both intruders then fled, according to police. The body of a suspect, along with stolen jewelry, was reportedly found in the home’s driveway, and police are seeking a second suspect.
Those opposed to gun ownership for self defense often argue that a crime victim who is caught off guard will be unable to get their gun and defend themselves. As this case shows, such arguments don’t necessarily reflect reality. Here, the crime victim was able to get a gun and fire in self defense, despite the fact that the robbers had the element of surprise and had already pistol whipped him.
Nor is this an isolated case of self defense success. Many crime victims are able to defend themselves against criminals who seemingly have the upper hand, as some recent examples demonstrate: This homeowner managed to get and fire his self defense gun, despite being attacked at his front door and shot by a violent intruder. This man managed to shoot 2 armed robbers in self defense, despite being choked by the robbers and held at gunpoint in his own home. This homeowner managed to get his gun from a drawer, despite the fact that a criminal held a knife to him. This elderly man managed to grab a self defense gun, despite being shocked with a stun gun and beaten by a 24 year old man. This man managed to draw his concealed carry handgun and shoot an armed robber in self defense, despite the fact that that robber was standing behind him and pointing a shotgun at his back. This jewelry store owner managed to grab his gun from under a desk, despite the fact that two robbers were in his store, one of whom had a gun pointed at him. This pawnshop manager managed to shoot an armed in self defense, saving himself and his teenage employee, despite the fact that a gun was being held to that employee’s throat. I could go on with many more examples, but the point should be clear – armed self defense works.