How Should a 73-year-old Defend Himself From a 45-year-old Intruder?

If he doesn’t have access to a firearm, what could he do? Man Shoots Intruder in Burglary Attempt.

Investigators say the man had entered onto the property without permission. Police report the residents became aware that someone was trespassing on to their property into their barn when their alarm activated.

His night ended with “gunshot wounds to his lower extremities.” Probably not what he had planned.

Self-defense is a human-right. Firearms make it so that the old and the infirm are not at the mercy of the young and the violent. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

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Cooperation Didn’t Stop This Guy From Trying to Shoot Clerk

The clerk was doing what he was asked to do, but the bad guy tried to shoot him anyway. Trigger sticks during armed robbery of Royal Farms.

As the suspect ordered the five patrons down on the floor, police said he struck one of them in the head with the handgun. He then pointed the gun directly at the clerk and demanded money from the store’s register.

DSP indicated that, while the employee was gathering the money, the suspect became agitated and pulled the handgun’s trigger. The weapon did not fire and, after eventually receiving an undisclosed amount of cash from the clerk, fled from the same set of doors in which he entered the store.

So this clerk wasn’t saved by cooperation; he was saved because of poor maintenance, or bad ammo, or blind luck. But not because he was doing what he was asked to do.

Violent criminals do not stop being violent criminals because of any action on your part. You can cooperate. That’s a strategy. I think this incident indicates that it isn’t a very good strategy, but it may be your only option. Still, given that stuff like this happens on a regular basis – and often without the “luck” of a malfunctioning firearm in the mix – you might want to consider what other options you have.

Self-defense in Delaware

This is another case of knowing someone, and still being forced to defend yourself. Police: Homeowner shoots burglar breaking into Delaware home | 6abc.com

Actually, he was not “breaking in,” he had already broken into the home.

The homeowner went to investigate, after making sure it wasn’t one of his family members.

Police say being overly cautious, he grabbed a firearm and decided to investigate. And when he did, he found a person hiding and an altercation ensued and shots were fired.

The reaction of neighbors are confusing. One is “it is surprising,” and “they are such nice people.” What nice people can’t be forced to defend themselves? Another neighbor is all about “you have to defend your home.”

The guy who got shot is in critical condition. Oh, and he is someone known to the family, though not a family member. No other information was provided.

Everything is still under investigation, but to my way of looking at things, self-defense is a human-right.