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2nd Amendment Math: 1 Dead Criminal Saves 11 Innocent Lives

Posted by ghostofsparta on May 8, 2009

(Crossposted at http://paranoidpyro8503.blogspot.com/) I realize that one of the dangers of the internet is that stories come out in bits and pieces. Usually not all of a story is available right off the bat, and people can jump to conclusions that could later be proven wrong. In the story I’m writing about tonight, not all of the facts are yet available. The story seems to prove the bravery and heroism of one young man. Facts could come out later disputing portions of this story, but the overall theme is one many of us on the right base much of our worldview around. The story, via Jonah Goldberg at NRO (National Review Online), which I found via Ace of Spades HQ, is a story about a young man in college who saved the lives of himself and 11 of his friends by being armed and therefore able to defend himself.

Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment for a birthday party after two masked men with guns burst in through a patio door.

This story took your basic movie hostage turn: wallets and cell phones demanded, women and men separated, threats of death on the victims. But fortunately for all the innocents involved, one student had a handgun in his backpack. He first shot the man holding the guys hostage, and the man fled. Then, he shot the man (who is reported to be in the process of attempted rape) holding the women hostage . The 2nd robber jumped out the window, and was later found dead….after asking for somebody to call the cops to help him, ironically enough. Unfortunately, one girl was harmed in the crossfire; however, she is alive, recovering, and was not killed or raped.

Obviously there are a lot of variables in this story that will come out soon enough. Was the gun legal and/or registered? Was he allowed to carry it? What was the fate of the first robber? What charges will be pressed against this brave young man? For the skeptics: what is the likelyhood these men would have actally used their guns (even if they were actually willing to rape in either case)? But until then, let us take a moment to congratulate this couragous and quick-thinking young man for probably saving 11 lives.

On a personal note, I graduate from college in December of 2007. I lived in campus all 4 1/2 years, and it was a gun-free campus. We were told by campus security (who were not allowed to carry guns themselves until my last semester) that calling 911 from campus wouldn’t do any good because the police weren’t required to be familiar with the campus. We were told to call security first, and that they would call the cops and try to help out first themselves. Let my just say this was not at all comforting for me to find out. Police response time is long enough without having to add yet another step to the process (and not being 100% certain that step 1 would lead to step 2).

Currently I work for Pizza Hut as a delivery driver. Pizza Hut policy, which we are told at orientation, is that we are not allowed to carry any weapon to defend ourselves in the event of a robbery. I understand this, but it doesn’t help that my boss informs me every month about another driver or two getting robbed in Pittsburgh. Would I ever use a gun in self defense in that situation? Hard to say, honestly. If I knew giving somebody the money would be all, then I wouldn’t escalate the situation; conversely, if I knew only one of us would leave the situation alive I have no doubt I would use force. And I fully believe this was the situation this poor guy found himself in. When 2 men broke in, flashed their guns, and split up the party-goers, this young man had to know there was no good end for him if he remained passive.

The U.S Constutions states that we are “…endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The right to life trumps all other rights. The 2nd amendment protects a person’s right to life, which this brave soul exercised when his right was threatened by these 2 thugs. What happened that night will stay with this man for the rest of his life. If this story holds up in its current form, may he know that he did the right thing and come to terms with it.

2 Responses to “2nd Amendment Math: 1 Dead Criminal Saves 11 Innocent Lives”

  1. DJM said

    Was the gun legal and/or registered? Shouldn’t matter. If the gun was illegal or unregister but used to save innocent lives, any charges *should* be dismissed.

    Was he allowed to carry it? If he had no history of criminal behavior or mental illness, that should be irrelevant.

    What was the fate of the first robber? Who cares. Hopefully either dead, maimed (so as to be incapable of harming others again), or scared straight.

    What charges will be pressed against this brave young man? Any would be a travesty of justice.

    For the skeptics: what is the likelyhood these men would have actually used their guns (even if they were actually willing to rape in either case)? Shouldn’t matter. The threat alone is enough to warrant self-defense.

    These are just a few of my answers… I’m sure the liberal left would have far different answers. But then again, the left would be perfectly happy to sacrifice their daughter’s honor, their family’s lives, and their country’s freedom for their own personal safety.

    Good post, ghost.

  2. muman613 said

    I hope that the hero will not be charged. I fully support the right to own guns and to use them to protect yourself, your family, and your community. Once a criminal loses the fear that he will be immediately punished for his crime he will be more inclined to do more damage. I believe that the law should be that we all carry weapons so that a criminal would know that there is little hope of commiting a crime and escaping alive. I hope that these criminals are all dead or dying.

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