(Cooper's column was titled "Cooper's Corner".)
He called each successful defense an increase of the "Goblin Count" ... the Goblins being the bad guys, the count was the death of the goblin.
Cooper is gone now, but Goblins are a self-renewing resource. Here's the latest incident:
Police: Armed bystander takes down gunman at Titusville back-to-school event | WFTV: August 7, 2018 TITUSVILLE, Fla. - An armed bystander shot a man who opened fired on a back-to-school event at a Titusville park after a fistfight, police said. The shooting occurred at Isaac Campbell Park on South Street shortly after 5:20 p.m. when the shooter, whom police have not identified, returned to the park after a fistfight and began firing, investigators said.
The Colonel would certainly counted that engagement as "Goblin: 0, Good Guy 1"