In North Las Vegas, Nev., two young men allegedly broke into Kieawa Mason’s home while he was away—but his three sons were there. 14-year-old Andrew Mason ushered his younger twin brothers into an upstairs closet once he realized that the suspects were going to enter the home; he also called 911 on a cell phone and armed himself with a rifle.
The brothers hid in the closet while the thieves loaded up a car with stolen items, but eventually one of them opened the door and found the boys. He ran at the sight of the rifle, and the suspects fled the scene immediately. Both of them were caught on surveillance video, and the boys’ father posted images of them on social media. He praised his son’s brave actions and expressed confidence that the suspects would be quickly apprehended.
Defensive Gun Use Continues To Surge In Detroit
Detroit Police Chief James Craig is doing something phenomenal in Detroit, Mich.: He is leading the charge in creating a robust culture of self-defense. Since December 2013, the chief has been publicly encouraging the city’s residents to arm themselves, and his advice has borne fruit—police issued 1,169 new handgun permits in 2014 and 500 so far in 2015. “When you look at the city of Detroit, we’re kind of leading the way in terms of urban areas with law-abiding citizens carrying guns,” commented Craig.
Although high violent and property crime rates, coupled with a lack of resources for the police department, are major factors behind residents’ increasing self-reliance, the police chief’s stance can be credited with furthering this tendency and lending it a positive attitude. “There’s definitely been a ‘Chief Craig’ effect,” said Rick Ector, a firearms instructor and blogger. “His support and endorsement have been helpful.”
Indiana Seeks NRA’s Help In Training National Guard
Multiple states have made the decision to arm members of the National Guard in the wake of the fatal attack in Chattanooga, Tenn., but so far Indiana is the only one to pile on a second good idea: Get NRA involved. While other states have relied on military or law-enforcement trainers, Indiana is receiving instruction free of charge from NRA instructors.
Predictably, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has already complained about Gov. Mike Pence’s choice to involve NRA, claiming that the group is “first and foremost” a “lobbying organization.” Any gun owner knows better: NRA is the nation’s primary provider of firearms training. We applaud Gov. Pence for his decision and are happy to see him calling attention to NRA's vital work in the areas of gun safety and education.