Last month, the Supreme Court struck down a New York law that effectively prohibited ordinary citizens from carrying handguns in public for self-defense.
As some New Yorkers joined gun control activists in decrying the ruling as making them less safe, a young woman explained how, for her, the High Court opinion meant she was on the fence. sleep soundly for the first time in months.
Laura Adkins, a liberal journalist living in New York, described how, after a recent breakup, her ex-partner’s increasingly obsessive and harassing behavior left her in fear for her life despite the temporary protective order that She obtained.
For weeks, Adkins said, she slept with a sheathed hunting knife under her pillow, fully aware that it would offer little protection against a man twice her size, but knowing she had few other options easily. available to defend themselves given the city’s incredibly restrictive laws. on possession of handguns.
Despite her belief in gun control, Adkins came to understand that good politics is not just about keeping dangerous individuals from owning guns. It should also “enable vulnerable citizens to protect themselves”.
Now Adkins wants a gun. And she wants to wear it in public.
Adkins is not alone in this shift in perspective. Over the past two years, millions of Americans have purchased a firearm for the first time, many for the same reasons Adkins did: they realized that the right to own and bear arms provides the strongest defense significance of their inalienable rights.
Almost every major study on the issue has found that Americans use their firearms in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times a year, according to the latest report on the subject from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For this reason, The Daily Signal publishes a monthly article highlighting some of the many news stories from the previous month on the defensive use of firearms that you may have missed or may not have been under. national spotlights in the first place. (Read more reviews from 2019, 2020, 2021 and so far in 2022 here.)
The examples below represent only a small portion of the reporting on defensive gun use we found in June. You can explore further using The Heritage Foundation’s Defensive Firearms Use Interactive Database. (The Daily Signal is the multimedia news organization of The Heritage Foundation.)
- June 5, Memphis, Tennessee: A man exchanged gunfire with three apparent burglars whom he saw quickly get out of a vehicle and run towards his neighbour’s house. One was injured in the shooting and the other two fled, and it does not appear that the owner of the weapon or his neighbor were injured. Police eventually arrested three suspects, who admitted to breaking into cars in the neighborhood. They face charges of aggravated assault and theft of property.
- June 7, Oklahoma City: A 69-year-old hotel worker shot and injured a man nearly half his age when the young man became violent and confrontational, police said. The man attempted to break down a door and demanded an empty room, then charged at the clerk when asked to leave the property, investigators said.
- June 8, Phoenix: An armed citizen helped foil a carjacking attempt by shooting and wounding the would-be thief, police said. The gun owner was part of a larger group that intervened to stop the theft.
- June 11, Dalton, Georgia: A father fatally shot a man who tried to kidnap his two young daughters, police said. The man was apparently under the delusion that the girls had been abducted and he was on a mission from God to save them. When he could not be dissuaded that the girls were safe and refused to leave the property, their father grabbed a handgun and told their grandmother to call 911. The father d first fired a warning shot and told the man he would aim for the next one turned on him, police said, but the man again refused to leave without the girls and took something in his vehicle. The father shot him in the chest.
- June 14, Austin, TX: A thief approached two people in a mall parking lot and demanded a backpack from one of them at gunpoint. The other pulled out a gun and shot the robber, who dropped his gun and fled before calling 911 for medical help. Police said the 17-year-old had a “long criminal history” and had apparently removed a court-ordered ankle monitor. He faces robbery and weapons charges.
- June 16, Hopkinsville, Kentucky: A 71-year-old homeowner exchanged gunfire with three intruders who forced their way into his residence at 1 a.m. and shot him, police said. The owner’s armed response scared the intruders away. Police arrested a suspect that night and two more a few days later. All three face robbery charges.
- June 17, Olympia, Washington: A resident of an apartment complex became agitated and disturbed others in a common area, police said. At one point he brandished a large knife and confronted a man sitting in the hall. The man pulled out a handgun and told the knife-wielding resident to back off, witnesses told police, but instead charged. The gunman shot him and killed him.
- June 19, Des Moines, Iowa: A woman fatally shot another woman who violently attacked her without provocation in the parking lot of a grocery store, police said. The owner of the gun will not be charged because she acted in self-defense, investigators said.
- June 21, Clearwater, Florida: A woman fatally shot a man who broke into her bedroom while she was sleeping and assaulted her. Police said the woman had recently moved into the house and her attacker lived next door.
- June 26, Big Pine Key, Florida: A man called 911 to report his stepfather assaulting his mother, then shot and injured his stepfather while he was still on the phone with dispatchers. The man told police his stepfather regularly beat his mother and threatened to kill them both. The stepfather denied any wrongdoing and said he was shot without warning, but also told officers that once released from hospital he would kill his stepson.
- June 29, Moreno Valley, CA: Authorities said a 93-year-old man will not be charged after he shot several intruders who broke into his home and attacked him. An intruder was injured and arrested outside; the others fled and were not caught. Family members said the gunman lived alone and his home had been the target of burglars on several occasions.
- June 30, Tulsa, Oklahoma: A woman shot and injured her ex-boyfriend after he broke into her home while she was sleeping and assaulted her, police say. The woman said the two broke up over a year ago. Both were treated for their injuries.
These stories underscore the reality that Adkins helps illustrate: the Second Amendment belongs to everyone, in every part of the country, in the face of any type of imminent threat to life, liberty, or property. And we don’t always know when our otherwise peaceful lives will be interrupted by grave danger.
The Second Amendment helps ensure that all potential victims, whether a 93-year-old widower in California defending his home, a father in rural Kentucky protecting his daughters, or a young woman in New York, frightened by her ex-partner, has not just the theoretical right but the practical ability to act in self-defense in the face of sudden threats.
To Adkins and all other New Yorkers about to exercise your constitutional rights for the first time: let’s be the first to say, “Welcome.”
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