Inmates Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtiss Billue southeast of Atlanta. They escaped a prison bus, stole cars, terrorized an elderly couple—all while being pursued by Georgia police, the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI and the ATF. They were chased by authorities in Tennessee, crashed, and fled on foot.
Then they were apprehended by a Tennessee homeowner with his gun.
On Thursday, the fugitives who made national news had smashed their car during police pursuit and scurried into nearby woods. They emerged at a home in the rural community of Christiana, where the homeowner heard the convicts attempting to steal his car.
Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller told Fox News that the homeowner then called his neighbor, and both men held the dangerous duo at gunpoint while waiting for deputies. “I can't say enough about the bravery of the homeowner, and what they took on, the wherewithal to call us and give us the information so we could get over there and apprehend these two subjects,” Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh told CNN.
Congressman Introduces D.C. Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill
A new piece of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would make it legal for individuals with concealed carry permits issued in their home states to carry a firearm in the District of Columbia. H.R. 2909, The D.C. Personal Protection Reciprocity Act, was introduced by U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., as a measure to protect people who may live in other localities but work in D.C. or pass through it.
Rep. Massie says his bill was inspired by the shooting at a congressional baseball practice. Although the incident occurred in Virginia, the members of Congress and their staff had traveled from D.C. and were, therefore, unable to carry firearms.
Massie explained that after the shooting, “there will likely be calls for special privileges to protect politicians. Our reaction should instead be to protect the right of all citizens guaranteed in the Constitution: The right to self-defense.”
So, Nobody Needs A Gun For Self-Defense, Huh?
Anti-gun activists like Michael Bloomberg and Shannon Watts like to say that nobody really needs a gun for self-defense. Perhaps this information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will change their minds.
According to a feature at Breitbart.com, FBI figures show more violent street gang members than ever. “Some 33,000 violent street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs with about 1.4 million members are criminally active in the U.S. and Puerto Rico today,” the FBI reports. “Many are sophisticated and well organized; all use violence to control neighborhoods and boost their illegal money-making activities, which include robbery, drug and gun trafficking, prostitution and human trafficking, and fraud.”
Fortunately, following the Obama administration basically ignoring the gang problem and trying to diminish the rights of gun owners, the Trump administration has other ideas. “If you are a gang member, know this: You think you're targeting us, well we're targeting you,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently told a law enforcement gathering in Memphis.