This is an old story, but one of the most chilling of it’s type that I’ve ever read.
Bailey said the gunmen started counting bullets. “The other guy asked how many (bullets) he had. He said he had enough,” said Bailey.
That’s when one student grabbed a gun out of a backpack and shot at the invader who was watching the men. The gunman ran out of the apartment.
The student then ran to the room where the second gunman, identified by police as 23-year-old Calvin Lavant, was holding the women.
“Apparently the guy was getting ready to rape his girlfriend. So he told the girls to get down and he started shooting. The guy jumped out of the window,” said Bailey.
I remembered this “counting bullets” incident while reading Thomas Sowell’s piece: Guns Save Lives.
Surveys of American gun owners have found that 4 to 6 percent reported using a gun in self-defense within the previous five years. That is not a very high percentage but, in a country with 300 million people, that works out to hundreds of thousands of defensive uses of guns per year.
Yet we almost never hear about these hundreds of thousands of defensive uses of guns from the media, which will report the killing of a dozen people endlessly around the clock.
It’s easy to show the faces of innocent people gunned down during violent crimes. It’s much more difficult to show the pictures of those saved, those alive today who wouldn’t be without a gun to protect themselves such as those students who survived being raped and murdered 4 years ago all because one of them carried a gun.
It’s also impossible to show the faces of those alive today because a gun deterred a crime. As Sowell notes in his piece, the mere flash of a gun is enough to turn the tables on a criminal, possibly saving not only the gun owner’s life but the criminal’s as well.
Gun control advocates should consider their position carefully. If they are successful, are they willing to bear the weight of those killed who couldn’t protect themselves on their consciences? Are they willing to tell the grieving parents of these students that it’s all for the best that their children died because they were not allowed the fundamental human right of self-protection?