(June 18, 2014: Guns Save Lives)
It must have been a terrifying scene in the Valdosta, GA home. A 56 year old mother and her 15 year old son were home for the night when two men kicked in their front door.
One of the men was wielding a rifle, the other carrying a handgun. They opened fire on the pair, striking the son in the leg and the mother in the arm as she tried to run towards the back of the house.
Hearing the commotion, the father, who was in the back of the house, armed himself and went to investigate. When he got to the front of the house, he opened fire on the home invaders, striking them both and sending them fleeing
Of course, this is impossible. We know it never happened because the Gun Control Advocates tell us that the whole concept of "Good Guy With Gun Stops Bad Guy With Gun" never happens.
While the NRA claims that a more armed population can prevent these types of mass killings, we know this is not true... (NY DAILY NEWS, June 15, 2014)
Also, Gun Control Advocates reassure us that "Home Invasions" are so rare as to be statistically meaningless:
Professor Harold Pollack, who (among other things) co-directs the University of Chicago's Crime Lab was kind of enough to send along the following note:"Gun Violence and the Irrational Fear of Home Invasion":
I enjoyed your conversation on Up with Chris Hayes. You mentioned the risk of home invasion, and the realistic fear that the cops just wouldn't get there in time. That's obviously a primeval motive to have a gun by the bedside or whatever. [My note: "primeval"? As in "outdated" or "Neanderthal"?] But the fear is also easily out of proportion to the threat. I had the Chicago police run the number on homicides. In 2011, precisely one homicide listed "burglary" as the motive ... [My note; perhaps true in Chicago, where they shoot each other on the street and on their porch] ... Nationwide, there are about 100 burglary-homicides every year. When you compare that to more than 18,000 gun suicides, the conclusions seem pretty obvious.
(The Atlantic, December 23, 2012: by Ta-Nehisi Coates)
We are all grateful for their reassurance that, if we just give up our fears and give up our guns, or at least stop TRYING to stop random shootings or protect ourselves, our family and our home with guns, all would be peaceful and beautiful here in Never-Never-Land.
After all .... "the conclusions are pretty obvious"!
(Unless, perhaps, you are one of the unfortunate victims of "... about 100 burglary-homicides...).