by Robert A. Waters
Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post wrote that the Second Amendment is “the refuge of bumpkins and yeehaws who like to think they are protecting their homes against imagined swarthy marauders desperate to steal their flea-bitten sofas from their rotting front porches.” Well, not quite. Here are just three of many true (not imagined) stories of homeowners protecting themselves and their families.
In November, 2014, Nashville (TN) Police Department issued the following press release: “Homeowner Gary Jonathan McCormick, 34, reported that he was watching television in the living room of his Long Branch residence while his wife was asleep on the couch when a gunman unknown to him (Jonathan William Corke), whose face was masked by a bandana, entered through an unlocked screen door shortly after 9 a.m. McCormick said the gunman demanded money and other belongings. McCormick complied, but the gunman continued to demand more. While the gunman was dealing with the wife, McCormick walked into a bedroom, retrieved a .45 caliber pistol, and came out. McCormick said when Corke raised a 9 millimeter pistol in his direction, he opened fire. Corke was hit several times and fled to the front yard where he collapsed. He died shortly after arriving at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.” At the time of his death, Corke was under indictment on multiple counts of home burglary and theft. Police said the shooting was justified.
Indianapolis homeowner Howard Murphy retrieved his shotgun when he heard someone breaking into his home. As Murphy hid in the pantry, Kocho Long entered the kitchen. Murphy confronted Long, but the intruder attacked him. After a brief struggle, Murphy shot Long in the leg. The invader stumbled outside, and screamed for neighbors to call an ambulance. Instead, they called the cops. “Either I was going to get hurt or he was going to get hurt,” Murphy said. “I know I didn’t want to get hurt in my own house.” After a stay in the hospital, Long was arrested for burglary. Murphy, who was not charged, said, “If I can work for what’s mine, then people like that can work for what’s theirs.” Murphy also had some advice for Long: “Get a job. Do things the honest way and stop breaking into people’s houses. Because you don’t know who is waiting around the corner.”
In Lakewood, Washington, three violent intruders forced their way into the home of Harry Lodholm and his wife. The robbers had been told there would be “weed, money, and gold” there. None of those items were in the home, but the invaders wouldn’t be satisfied. They pistol-whipped Lodholm, and dragged his wife from the shower. Both were tied up as the intruders ransacked their home. After they left, Lodholm untied himself and his wife and they retreated to their bedroom. There, Lodholm took a handgun from its case as his wife called 911. Suddenly, the intruders fired gunshots through the front door (which Lodholm had locked) and attempted to enter the bedroom. Lodholm fired, killing Taijon Voorhees. An accomplice has been arrested, and police are searching for the third man. “I feel bad for their families,” Lodholm said. “But they basically put us in an untenable position.” Lodholm was not charged with any crime.
Is it really that difficult to understand that millions of normal citizens—black, white, male, female—own guns for self-protection? And that in many cases every year, homeowners would be dead or injured if they did not have those guns?