Using Guns for Self Defense – 3 Recent Examples

July 24, 2020

By John McClaughry 

The Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal last week published eleven news stories about citizens using a firearm to stop a crime. Here are three examples.

  • June 4, Gustavus, Ohio: A homeowner spotted a man underneath a car in his driveway late at night, and grabbed a shotgun to confront him. The man, who police suspect was trying to steal car parts, rushed at the homeowner, who shot and wounded him. Investigators later discovered that the would-be thief possessed several power tools and had put a jack under the homeowner’s car. 
  • June 16, Delta Township, Michigan: a mentally distressed man began firing a handgun at cars on a highway. Emergency dispatchers received at least 10 calls about the man before he jumped in front of the concealed carry permit holder’s car and pointed a gun at him, police said. The driver, who had been on his way to enjoy a round of golf, shot and killed the man. 

In this example protesters against racial injustice used their Second Amendment rights to save the lives of those exercising their First Amendment rights.

This is the upside of widespread firearms ownership protected by the Second Amendment.    

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob Frenier July 25, 2020 at 1:11 am

John, tell the woman in your photo to shoot the guy with the knife. Unless she’s got a cannon in her hand and is a decent shot with it, he can still get to her with his weapon.


Mike July 25, 2020 at 1:06 pm

John, and then there’s the couple living in a gated community in St. Louis facing a bunch of trespassing “peaceful protesters” with fire arms as they shouted we will kill your dog and burn down your home. Shortly thereafter the local DA supported by the mayor (both political gutless hacks) have charged them with the “unlawful” use of firearms. We’ve seen the episode as it unfolded on TV and if these “protesters” were nonthreatening, it snows in August. This is a bunch of crock.


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