He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought he would take a shot at a guy. It isn’t clear why. Concealed handgun owner killed man in self-defense, Austin police say | KXAN.com

Austin Police Department homicide investigators say it appears a verbal altercation that turned into a shootout began when a man pulled into the Arbors of Austin Apartments parking lot. Jimenez and some other men were allegedly sitting inside a car and began yelling at the driver, who ignored them as he pulled into a parking space. Jimenez and the others drove up as the man got out of his car, and Jimenez and someone else got out.

Jimenez got out of the car and opened fire. But the guy he was shooting at had a weapon of his own – legally carried. (This is Texas, after all.)

The Travis County Medical Examiner says Jimenez’ cause of death is a gunshot wound. The Travis County District Attorney is reviewing the case, but so far it appears to be self-defense.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0. Self-defense is a human-right.

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Liberal Gets Mugged (Literally). Becomes Conservative

At least on the subject of guns, that is. DC political comedian robbed at gunpoint changes stance on guns | WUSA9.com

This is a fairly typical story. Tim Young was walking in Washington DC. He was relieved of his valuables by two miscreants, at least one of whom had a weapon, which he pointed at our one-time-liberal’s head.

Young was shocked when a group of people nearby (probably also unarmed, like our earnest former-liberal) refused to confront two armed criminals. What exactly would they be in a position to do, aside from act as targets in a shooting gallery? (Singing Kumbaya probably wasn’t going to have the desired effect.)

So know, after a clue-bat to the side of the head, he has changed his opinion about guns.

Young, who grew up in Southwest Baltimore, said he’s been in some bad places in his life and nothing happened to him then. He assumed things would continue to go that way.

He thought he didn’t live in The Real World™ because he had never come face-to-face with the violence, and just assumed it would always be that way. No longer.

“When you’re in an instance where there’s a gun is pointed at you and your life is being threatened for your property and no one’s going to help—and now I know that no one’s going to help—I want to feel more secure. I want to feel safe, and I have something to defend myself with,” he said.

As for the argument that as long as you give the bad-guys what they want, you will be safe, that can easily be demolished by example. Just see my post-category of Cooperate with Criminals for a listing of times that didn’t work out so well. Violent criminals don’t stop being violent criminals because of anything you are or are not doing. Cooperating is a strategy. Being armed for your self-defense is a strategy. Neither are guarantees. (“There are no guarantees in this life save for death and next winter’s snow.”)

Self-defense Is Legal in Oregon

JusticeBut then I thought it was. U-Haul employee justified in shooting would-be robber, grand jury determines | OregonLive.com

Detectives learned Porter went into the business and demanded money while wielding a handgun, Portland police said in a news release. Pfau shot him multiple times during the incident, police said, and another employee called 911

The Grand Jury was considering a shooting that took place on January 3rd of this year, when they decided not indict Tyson B. Pfau. Mr. Pfau is a Concealed Carry Licensee, but I’m 100% sure that is germane to this shooting. But it is one more point in his favor.

Self-defense is a human-right. And in Oregon it is your legal right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Concealed Carry Convinces a Criminal to Leave

Chicago Loop McDonald’s had a bit of excitement. One in custody after shot fired at Loop McDonald’s – Chicago Tribune

So a guy was asked to leave a Loop McDonald’s. He didn’t want to.

The two got into a struggle, during which the 35-year-old dropped a canister of pepper spray and the other man picked it up, police said. The concealed carry holder fired one shot at the other man, but no one was hit, according to police.

Cops caught up with the guy a bit later and arrested him. Charges are pending, but they don’t say for what.

No one got shot. (Though not for trying – there are no public ranges in Chicago so traveling to the burbs is required.) But the bad guy stopped being a problem and was arrested for being a problem. I count that as Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

“Dress around the gun” – either the best or worst advice

via Dress around the gun | Cornered Cat

If it comes from someone who is looking sharp, you can agree – OK, maybe that could work.

But that same sentence sure can be a deal killer when it comes from Tactical Dude or Dudette wearing pants with more pockets than a kangaroo convention.

And it sounds even less enticing when it comes from an unkempt person wearing a fishing vest over a stained tee shirt.

I don’t suppose anything will keep (well intentioned – or just clueless) guys from giving that advice to women. Usually from behind the fishing vest/stained tee-shirt.

Concealed Carry Stops Attack on Cop

Not traveling in pairs, means a cop without a partner can occasionally get into trouble. Sheriff: Sergeant hospitalized after assault; suspect shot by bystander

Sgt. Randy Harkness was trying to help a guy out, by giving him a lift to a nearby gas station, when the guy he was helping assaulted the sergeant.

The sheriff said an unidentified woman in her late 20s in a car at the Chevron witnessed the assault, got out of her car, gun in hand, and fired at suspect Justin Foster while he was attacking Harkness. Eyewitnesses in the gas station saw it unfold.

He was apparently shot in the leg. He ran across the street to McDonald’s where he punched a 75-year-woman in the face, and tried to steal her car.

[The McDonald’s manager] said before he could do more harm a couple of customers subdued him.

Cops showed up and arrested him. He is still in the hospital with a bullet wound.

A bad guy, stopped by a group of good guys. And a cop helped by legal concealed carry. [Hat tip From the Barrel of a Gun]

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Legal Concealed Carry. Legal Self-defense. Deputies: Uber driver shoots Florida passenger in self-defense

The driver said he repeatedly asked Ruscher to get out of the car, but he wouldn’t.

Ruscher eventually did get out, but then reportedly made threats to the driver and started punching him. That’s when deputies say the Uber driver pulled out a gun and shot Ruscher in the leg.

He was taken to the county jail (after a side trip to the hospital for his injury.

The Uber Driver – correctly identified as the victim – won’t face any charges, because self-defense is a human-right, and in Florida it is also your legal right.