Armed Citizen

From, March, 2011 – Tim Patterson was cooking at The Big Yellow Mobile Kitchen as he did every day when he heard a scream coming from the parking lot of a nearby Goodwill store. He rushed toward the cries for help and didn’t hesitate to draw his Kimber 1911 .45 when he saw that a man had grabbed hold of a woman and had a knife to her throat. “Drop it or I’ll shoot you!” Patterson warned. The assailant immediately released the woman, dropped the knife, raised his arms and fled. The victim, a Goodwill employee who was carrying a bank deposit in her purse at the time of the attempted robbery, was not injured. (Coeur d’Alene Press, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 11/30/11)

Police were called around 9:30 a.m. and notified by a woman that someone was breaking into her home. The homeowner was awakened by a noise and immediately retrieved her handgun. The noise she heard was the sound of a man kicking in the door of her apartment. She met the intruder at her bedroom door, pointed the gun at him and demanded he leave. The trespasser fled without hesitation. (The Telegraph, Nashua, NH, 12/13/11)

A would-be burglar was arrested after a homeowner called 911 while detaining the criminal at gunpoint. The intruder, 22-year-old Jacob Pino, entered the home wearing several layers of clothing, gloves, a black nylon mask and shoes covered with plastic bags to avoid leaving identifiable prints. A backpack containing a 22-cal. handgun and a money clip belonging to the homeowner was also recovered at the scene. (The Pueblo Chieftain, Pueblo, CO, 12/14/11)

When an intoxicated 45-year-old Paul R. Newman returned home where he rents a room from a woman with an 11-year-old son, he suspected his room had been tampered with and confronted his landlord. He kicked in her bedroom door and began choking her. The commotion woke the victim’s son, Kobe, who attempted to defend his mother with a board, to no avail. Newman chased the boy outside, but Kobe managed to take refuge inside with his mother and lock the door. Newman tried to climb through an open window and began threatening both the boy and his mother before he managed to grab the woman’s arm. Kobe then used his BB gun to shoot Newman in the face several times. Kobe and his mother ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911. After being taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries, Newman was arrested for felony assault and two counts of harassment. (KOMO News, Bellingham, WA, 11/22/11)

Early one morning, a resident awoke to the sound of someone shuffling around inside his home. He grabbed his gun and proceeded to search the premises and discovered a man hiding in his basement. The resident fired two rounds from his firearm striking the suspect both times. The injured suspect reached his vehicle and fled the scene. The suspect was later hospitalized; in his wounded state he had struck several parked cars and then crashed the vehicle about a block away. (Associated Press, FL, 12/21/11)

It was 5 p.m. when a mother returned home with her baby to find the front door slightly ajar and a man wearing a black ski mask in the hallway. The 35-year-old woman quickly shut herself in the bedroom, retrieved her 9 mm handgun and proceeded to shout at the man to leave her house immediately. When she opened the door, the man spotted the gun, dropped a piggy bank and a kitchen knife he was carrying, and bolted out the back door. The woman went to the door and fired a single shot at the man as he ran through the bushes behind the house. She saw a second intruder running through the bushes. As she phoned police, the woman found her stereo system partially dismantled, the speakers ripped from the wall and her wireless Internet router on the floor. After the incident, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said, “I’m thankful that someone in her life taught her how to use a firearm and I’m thankful they did because she and her child could’ve been victims. There were two men, one armed with a knife. It could’ve gotten really ugly for her.” (WYFF, Greenville, SC, 12/09/11)

After a series of burglaries were reported in the area, a resident returned home from walking his dog to find his door unlocked. He smelled cigarette smoke and his dog immediately began to bark. An intruder in the house fled when the resident pulled out the handgun he carried and fired two warning shots into the ground. Police were called, and through a detailed description, were able to catch the 52-year-old suspect within 15 minutes. (WJACTV, Altoona, PA, 1/05/12)

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  1. Senator-Blutarksy

    from GOA-

    Gun Owners of America has been working with the sponsors of the soon-to-be-introduced Thune-Vitter reciprocity bill, and we can report that there are at least 15 cosponsors on the bill!

    By contrast, the Begich-Manchin Democrat compromise bill (S. 2188) has only one additional cosponsor.

    Senators John Thune (R-SD) and David Vitter (R-LA) plan to introduce their bill early next week — and thus, their bill won’t receive a number until then.

    But we need a whole new round of emails to get even more original cosponsors on their bill. Again, the Thune-Vitter legislation will not only allow permit holders to carry out-of-state, but NON-PERMIT HOLDERS from constitutional carry states, as well.

    Sadly, we have been receiving emails from our grassroots activists showing that the NRA is taking aim at our position on these two bills.

    Hence, we would like to make the following points in order to prevent any confusion.

    1. NRA POSITION: “There is no Thune-Vitter bill because one hasn’t been introduced. Therefore, it is impossible to ‘support the Thune-Vitter bill rather than the Democrat-sponsored S. 2188.’”

    GOA RESPONSE: As stated above, Senators Thune and Vitter are currently gaining cosponsors before the actual introduction of their bill. This is a common practice that legislators use in order to make a “big splash” with a large number of original cosponsors. For anyone who works on Capitol Hill to claim ignorance of this process is, quite honestly, laughable.

    2. NRA POSITION: The Begich-Manchin bill “does not undermine or abandon permitless carry. Groups suggesting this are simply lying or incapable of reading the bill. Residents of Vermont, or any other ‘Constitutional Carry’ state, who wish to carry out of state could simply obtain a nonresident permit (just as they do now) and enjoy the benefits of S. 2188.”

    GOA RESPONSE: Subsection (c)(2)(B) of S. 2188 requires that anyone benefiting from carry reciprocity possess “a valid license or permit that … permits the individual to carry a concealed firearm.”

    In other words, S. 2188 fails to protect NON-PERMIT HOLDERS in constitutional carry states — and these gun owners represent the MAJORITY of law-abiding citizens who can carry.

    There are currently five states where citizens can carry without the government’s permission: Vermont, Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming, and most of Montana. And the South Dakota Governor currently has a bill sitting on his desk to enable citizens to carry guns without prior government permission.

    In addition to all of this, there are eleven states which are seriously considering “constitutional carry” legislation: Colorado, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia.

    Many more states will move in this direction after the beginning of the year.

    But what if the federal government holds up an enormous “carrot” for pro-gun activists to obtain permits, irrespective of whether their states require it? The answer is that the incentive for these activists to push for “constitutional carry” will vanish.

    S. 2188 will snub non-permit holders in “constitutional carry” states, while the Thune-Vitter bill will grant reciprocity to them.

    Unless one thinks that New York’s crime problems result from “vicious killers” from Vermont, Alaska and the other constitutional carry states, then there shouldn’t be a problem enabling average citizens to carry concealed without permits. After all, criminals don’t line up for carry licenses.

    3. NRA POSITION: “S. 2188 would not … impose national standards.”

    GOA RESPONSE: Well, GOA never said it did. And thankfully, this is an issue where GOA can claim victory, as previous reciprocity bills over the past several years have included such “national standards.” But this is just another example of how your activism makes a real difference!

    Both Begich and Manchin HAVE YET TO CAST A PRO-GUN VOTE during this Congress. (You can check this out by viewing their voting records on the GOA website.) So why would we trust them to do the right thing on gun legislation? Is this just an attempt to reelect Democrats and keep Harry Reid in power?

    ACTION: Please click here to urge your U.S. Senators to cosponsor the Thune-Vitter bill over the Begich-Manchin bill.

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