Message to aspiring burglars: If you break into a home and hear the homeowner yell, “Get out, I’ve got a gun”—leave.
Timesdaily.com reports that a sleeping homeowner was roused around 3 a.m. on Tuesday by a strange noise. Taking his gun to investigate, he confronted a robber standing in the hallway. That’s when he shouted his warning to the invader.
Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson says, “Apparently, the robber told the homeowner he had a gun also, and they started exchanging gunfire.” Nearly a dozen shots were fired in total. “How the homeowner didn’t get shot, I don’t know,” Williamson added.
The intruder was hit, but managed to flee the house. The suspect and his girlfriend escaped into a wooded area, where a canine patrol located both individuals at daybreak. Authorities took the suspect into custody, along with his girlfriend and his 18-year-old son, who was waiting in a car during the incident.
Some Brits Call For Right To Bear Arms
In the wake of the latest terrorist activity in London, British gun-rights activists are calling for citizens to be given the right to arms. Last Saturday, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack that left eight dead after terrorists ran vehicles into a crowd, then stabbed dozens of people.
“These tragedies may have been the eye-opener to just how ineffective our laws are,” Dave Ewing of Firearms-UK told Vocativ. The gun-rights group also called out the UK government in a Facebook post: “They have the 24-hour armed bodyguards protecting them while they continue to sell the lie that firearms are not suitable for personal protection and continue to harass legal gun owners.”
Other groups, including England Wants Its Guns Back, Arm UK Citizens and Legalize Guns in the UK, also took to social media to advocate for the right to bear arms. And a campaign by Firearms United called Carry Now made its debut this week. It calls for law-abiding citizens to be afforded the right to carry a firearm for self-defense—“firearms in the right hands can save lives,” the site touts.
The latest example is Maine, where Legislative Document 9 just passed unanimously in the state Senate. Sponsored by Republican state Rep. Patrick Corey, this bill would outlaw the establishment of a list of firearms, or a list of firearm owners, by any government or political subdivision of the state of Maine. Since nationwide registries are already prohibited by federal law, LD 9 would give Mainers the reassurance of knowing their rights, including the right to privacy, are protected at every level.
LD 9 now returns to the Maine House. We will keep you up to date on this measure as it progresses.
Indiana Home Invasions Spur Gun Sales
We reported yesterday how an Indianapolis woman used her gun earlier this week to save herself and her children from an armed home intruder. In fact, it was the second such occurrence in the city in just two days.
Now, local media are reporting that gun sales are booming in the wake of such incidents. In a feature posted Thursday under the headline, “More Hoosiers turning to guns for home protection,” Fox59.com reported, “At Tim's Shooting Academy, President Tim Tomich said he's seen a huge increase in people coming in looking to buy guns for home protection.”
“A lot of women coming in. We see a lot of older people coming in,” Tomich told the news channel.
In fact, a similar trend is occurring across the country as more and more Americans realize that their safety is their own responsibility, and the best tool to protect themselves is a responsibly owned firearm.