Second Amendment Victories: 2014’s Top Stories Of Self Defense

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After a series of school shootings and other senseless acts of violence, 2014 saw a rise in anti-gun activists proposing that limiting access to guns for law-abiding citizens is the pathway to a safer society. At the same time, however, there were also reports nationwide of crimes thwarted and lives saved thanks to the vigilance of armed citizens.

Western Journalism has compiled a list including many of these stories, straight from headlines across the United States.

Two would-be robbers gained entry to a Texas man’s home in October; however, instead of leaving with valuables, both burglars exited with gunshot wounds. One female was able to flee on foot before collapsing a short distance away from the Atascocita home while police found her female accomplice lying on the floor.

A female store owner – and former cop – in Philadelphia was confronted by a knife-wielding criminal during an attempted robbery in June. Sharon Doyle, however, was prepared for such a threat and pulled out the gun she was carrying, shooting the career criminal once in the torso.

“I just did what I had to do to be here,” she said. “That’s it.”

In December, a father awoke to his burglar alarm, followed by the distinct sound of breaking glass. In an effort to protect his family, the Sedgwick County, Kan., man retrieved his handgun and went to investigate.

He discovered the intruder and gave chase, firing at the suspect as he ran away. The subject was picked up by police a short time and distance later. He was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound before he could face charges related to aggravated burglary.

A Washington mother woke up early on Thanksgiving Day to find out who was pounding on her front door. After initially assuming it must be someone she knew, it soon became clear that the individual was a stranger determined to force himself inside the home.

The quick-thinking mother got her gun and fired at the man, striking him in the stomach. Authorities arrived a short time later and took the suspect to the hospital for treatment while they determined which charges to file against him.

The previous week in the same state, three men attempted to break into the home of a couple in their sixties. At least one of the intruders was armed with a gun and another had a knife. They began attacking the couple and attempted to restrain them. When the criminals left their immediate vicinity for a short time, however, the 62-year-old homeowner was able to loosen the restraints placed on him and his wife, grab his gun, and lock the front door.

When the trio came back, he opened fire and struck one of the men. His fellow criminals opted to drive around with their dying cohort in the back seat until he died, which earned them each a charge of first-degree manslaughter to go along with kidnapping and robbery charges.

In March, the owner of a Spokane, Wash., coffee shop was looking for a way to reverse a recent rise in robberies. After being targeted three times by criminals, Sara Chapel decided to expand on a policy already in place that allowed Jitterz Java employees to bring their firearms to work.

At that time, she said the most recent would-be robber was stopped in his tracks when a barista locked the store down and pulled out her pistol. Going forward, she explained, the store would not be open unless someone working was packing heat.

Instead of enacting zero-tolerance gun policies as a way to prevent possible school shootings, one Utah district took an alternate approach. The Granite School District Police Department announced in February that officers on campus will be carrying AR-15 rifles with them to protect students against any potential threat.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Armed Suspect Tries To Rob Armed Citizen, Quickly Drops His Gun And Runs

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According to police in Delray Beach, Fla., one would-be robber recently learned it takes more than simply brandishing a firearm to become a proficient criminal. Ben-Belarrio Ulysse is suspected of pointing a .38-caliber revolver at another man in an attempt to rob him; however, his victim was also carrying a firearm and was ready to use it to defend himself.

The man pulled out his gun, causing 28-year-old Ulysse to initially fall to the ground. He then got up and fled the scene on foot, though he left his weapon behind.

Though Ulysse failed in this robbery attempt, it is a previous crime he is suspected of committing that might help seal his fate. A local man who claims the suspect held a gun to his neck and stole $900 from him identified his attacker and said the man is often seen walking in the neighborhood.

Police captured Ulysse late last week and jailed him on three counts of aggravated assault and one robbery charge.

This incident is the latest in a string of similar self-defense narratives that have corresponded with a marked increase in pro-gun sentiment among Americans.

Western Journalism has documented many of these individual stories, as well as evidence suggesting legal gun ownership is a natural crime deterrent. Earlier this year, for example, the New Orleans Times-Picayune published a report showing that a significant increase in justifiable self-defense homicides so far this year correlated with a drop in murders.

 

h/t The Blaze

Image Credit: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

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Watch: Over 1,000 People Stand Up Against New Washington Gun Law

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Pro-Second Amendment supporters gathered in Washington State’s Capitol Saturday to protest a ballot measure that went into effect earlier this month. Among other things, the new law makes it more difficult to transfer a handgun to another individual.

Over 1,000 people came to the “I Will Not Comply” rally in Olympia Saturday. The protesters voiced grief over I-594, a ballot measure passed in Washington State with 59 percent of the vote last month that went into effect on December 4.

One of the organizers was Gavin Seim, who has run for Congress before. “We’re going to stand up for our rights,” Seim said, according to The Associated Press. “Our rights are not up for negotiation.” The National Rifle Association (NRA) wrote some of the concerns it had with the new measure on an affiliated website:

  • Every time a handgun is transferred, the person receiving the handgun will have their name added to the government database being maintained by the state Department of Licensing
  • Almost every firearm transfer, with very few exceptions, would be required to go through a licensed firearms dealer under the provisions of I-594
  • I-594 will specifically regulate transfers, not sales. In virtually all cases, a person merely handing his or her firearm to a family member or a friend cannot do so without brokering the transfer through a gun dealer with the accompanying fees, paperwork, taxes, and, in the case of handguns, state registration
  • I-594 doubles the state waiting period on handgun sales from five to ten days and extends it to every private transfer of a handgun
  • I-594 would create a government record of all lawfully transferred handguns in Washington state, which would facilitate their future confiscation

Protestor Norma Johnson, who was at the rally, told The AP that the law is misguided. “You’re targeting the wrong things by going after law-abiding citizens,” she said.

One of the featured speakers at the rally was Mike Vanderboegh, who runs the Three Percenter movement named after the three percent of colonists who fought for independence. “We no longer consent nor comply,” he said according to Townhall.

“This is the tyranny the Founding Fathers warned us about. Tyranny can be voted into existence by a majority We will not fire the first shot, but if need be, we will fire the last.”

Also speaking at the rally were former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack of Arizona and Republican state Representatives Elizabeth Scott and Graham Hunt.

H/T Right Wing News

 

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What Americans Just Said About Gun Rights Vs Gun Control Is A Huge Setback For Pelosi & Company

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Just days after Democrats on Capitol Hill — California’s Nancy Pelosi among them — signaled their intent to push once again for congressional action on greater gun control, along comes a new poll that provides their opponents with powerful ammunition.

The Pew Research Center says that, for the first time in more than twenty years of surveys, the American people express more support for gun rights than gun control.

Currently, 52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership.

Pew says these new numbers show a significant shift in the public’s attitude since the tragic Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown almost two years ago.

The balance of opinion favored gun control in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown tragedy in December 2012, and again a month later.

Since January 2013, support for gun rights has increased seven percentage points – from 45% to 52% — while the share prioritizing gun control has fallen five points (from 51% to 46%).

Further findings in the new Pew Research survey support the argument of those who say that recent street violence, looting and destruction in the wake of the Ferguson and New York City police incidents have prompted the public to think more favorably about gun ownership for personal protection.

Nearly six-in-ten Americans (57%) say gun ownership does more to protect people from becoming victims of crime, while 38% say it does more to endanger personal safety.

This new poll would certainly appear to show the American public would not be supportive of a handful of Democrat lawmakers who, according to thehill.com, will push once again for universal background checks on all gun sales in the new Republican-controlled Congress.

Background check legislation failed to gain traction in the outgoing Congress despite a string of high-profile school shootings that gun control advocates had hoped would turn the political tide in their favor.

“When you don’t pass background checks, it’s just much more likely that someone will get their hands on an illegal gun and use it to kill their neighbors or their classmates,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined her fellow Democrats in their renewed call for enhanced gun control measures. But a key constituency for Pelosi & company — the African-American community — is also showing a big shift in attitudes about gun rights vs. gun control. According to Pew:

Currently, 54% of blacks say gun ownership does more to protect people than endanger personal safety, nearly double the percentage saying this in December 2012 (29%).

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Watch: The NRA Just Slammed Michael Bloomberg With This New Ad

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To fight back against former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun reform campaign, the National Rifle Association (NRA) launched a multi-million dollar effort ahead of next month’s midterm election, labeling Bloomberg as an “elitist.”

The NRA, which has already spent over $10 million this election cycle, is going to paint Bloomberg as an “elitist.” The former three-term mayor leads the group Everytown for Gun Safety, an umbrella organization that advocates for gun control legislation and reform.

The group includes Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and endorsed a wide ranging list of U.S. Senators and members of Congress, including several in close races, such as those in North Carolina and Louisiana.

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam labeled Bloomberg as the “ultimate hypocrite,” according to The Hill.

“We look at it as an opportunity to expose the real Mike Bloomberg to the American people.

“The American people will see he is the ultimate hypocrite who tries to ensure people don’t have the right to defend themselves, while he surrounds himself with armed security 24 hours a day.”

The Hill notes the NRA’s campaign puts a large emphasis on Colorado, where there is a close race for Governor and a nominally close race for the U.S. Senate. The NRA launched an ad Tuesday featuring Kimberly Weeks, a crime victim who tells of surviving two hours of “evil,” before telling Bloomberg in the ad:

“You do not have the right to tell me how to defend myself.”

Arulanandam cautions that the gun control lobby won’t go away quietly, according to The Hill:

“I think the gun control lobby has proven themselves very adept at exploiting tragedy to push their political agenda.

“It’s a misnomer or inaccurate for anyone to suggest that gun control is dead.”

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