A lowlife criminal broke into an Ohio home in the middle of the day hoping to make some easy money… things did not turn out well for him.
Joseph F. Willis forced his way into a home along County Road 19 near the Kitts Hill area of Lawrence County.
Investigators say during the burglary, the homeowner was in the house and had a gun. He shot at Willis multiple times, hitting him in the cheek and stomach.
Willis left the house and crashed his car into a ditch about half a mile from the home.
Local residents have been arming themselves of late because of a spate of home invasions that have the entire community on edge. When locals heard about the shooting, they weren’t exactly ready to feel sorry for the wounded scoundrel. Neighbor Julie Webb said, “I would do the same thing. If someone would try to enter my home, I would probably take the same actions. We have to protect ourselves.”
The criminal’s worst enemy are law abiding citizens who choose to arm themselves, and this little incident in Ohio proves that again. When criminals can no longer feel safe breaking in to the homes of their victims for fear they may be armed, they will move on to “safer” criminal exploits. A simple example of this has been the rise in home break-ins in Britain as gun control regulations have grown more extreme. Gun crime on the streets has dropped, but gun control has created a climate where criminals feel safe breaking in to homes. They know the occupants will not be armed, so they feel safe kicking the door in and robbing the place blind before authorities can arrive.
There is no such thing as 100% safety – but having a firearm does increase your chance of not being a victim.
“But if someone has a gun and is trying to kill you … it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.”
– Dalai Lama
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
– G. K. Chesterton
” … the right to defend one’s home and one’s person when attacked has been guaranteed through the ages by common law.”
– Martin Luther King
“That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”
– George Orwell
“It’s better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.”
– Christian Slater
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