As reported, a Rockland, Maine man who is confined to an electric wheelchair used his newly-acquired gun to stop a burglar.
News reports say that a disabled 67-year-old man, whose apartment had been broken into 5 times in the last 6 years, obtained a gun for protection against the intruders who had been breaking in to steal his money and prescribed medicine. The disabled man was at home when another burglar entered, at which point the man held the burglar at gunpoint while calling 911, according to news reports. When the burglar suddenly jumped up, the disabled man reportedly fired his gun, striking the burglar and sending him fleeing. No injuries to the disabled man were reported, and a suspect was arrested.
Criminals often prey upon people who they see as easy targets. When disabled crime victims are without a gun, criminals will often do terrible things to them as part of a robbery or just for the sake of being cruel. A situation where no one has a gun is one where might makes right, and as a result the violent criminal (who is usually a young and strong male) will prevail.
When disabled crime victims are armed for self defense, the situation is different. This elderly disabled veteran used his gun to stop a home invader, just as this this disabled senior citizen did as well. This 93 year old man was able to defend himself with a gun, as was this 91 year old man. Gun ownership by the most vulnerable members of society prevents them from becoming victims in their own homes.