With all the hate being directed toward gun owners, it’s important for us all to remember that guns are used much more often to defend a life than to take one. All the estimates for self-defense use of a firearm, which don’t exclusively focus on fatalities, show that guns are used more often to protect someone than to kill someone, even if you lump in suicides.
Here’s a recent example from California.
A homeowner shot a man who was allegedly trying to break into his Hesperia home Thursday night, and the intruder is now in critical condition.
Hesperia deputies responded to reports of a burglary in progress on Ponderosa Avenue near Chestnut Street around 10:30 p.m.
Responding deputies found the suspect, 36-year-old Michael Goode, down on the front yard of the home and suffering from a gunshot wound.
The suspect tried to gain entry through the front window of the house. The homeowner armed himself when he heard the break-in occurring, and as the suspect tried to enter the residence, the victim fired his weapon, police said.
The homeowner was not hurt. Goode was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
“As long as you protect your family and yourself, I don’t see anything wrong with it,” said neighbor Jesus Mejia, who also said the homeowner is a Vietnam veteran.
Note what Tom Knighton says at the beginning about how much more often guns are used for self-defense than for homicide