Here at Home invasion News, in the past few months it seems to us as though more people are getting shot during home invasions. We wrote about that trend from the victims’ side. But this is a two-way shooting gallery. Home invasion perpetrators seem to be getting shot more often, too.
Here are just a few of the stories we’ve come across recently.
1. January 4, 2013, Loganville, GA
A woman hiding in her attic with her two 9-year old twins shot an intruder multiple times with her .38 revolver.
2. January 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA
One of two perpetrators who broke into a house was shot by the man who lived there.
3. January 16, 2013, York County, PA
Two people broke into Douglas E. Downs’ home, but were thwarted by Downs’ dog long enough for the homeowner to grab the handgun under his chair and shoot one of the men several times, first in the chest and then in the head. Peaches, a small, tan “jug” – Jack Russell terrier and pug mix – knew something wasn’t right, Downs said. Having been burglarized numerous times over the years, he got fed up. “I just got tired of being robbed … I just thought, ‘I’m not taking it anymore.'”
4. December 22, 2012, Sacramento, CA
A man was killed during a home invasion shooting. One man died at the scene and three others were injured; they were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Be Careful What and How You Read
Finally, there’s the story of a 15-year-old boy protecting himself and his 12-year-old sister from a home invasion in Harris County, Texas, back in June 2010.
Home alone with his sister, this boy used his Dad’s AR15 assault rifle to shoot home invaders. Both of the two intruders were taken to the hospital. Neighbors said burglars had recently struck the house next door, stealing “everything they had inside.”
In the face of pending gun control legislation two and a half years later, this story has “broken out” again and is being “reported on” and repeated across the Internet on countless blogs and local sites, presumably in defense of assault rifle ownership — and most certainly in an effort to whip up anti-gun control sentiment.
Are Reports Like These Having An Impact?
Consider the sentiment expressed by a man living up the block from a home invasion victim. The home invasions took place around Thanksgiving 2012, in Houston, TX, where crews of bad guys wearing masks and carrying guns bashed down doors in the night or early morning hours, attacking Houston-area homes at least four times. Such teams attacked Houston-area homes at least four times. Their attacks left three people dead and a boy missing a finger. “I’m not nervous. I’m waiting,” said electrician Robert Young as he clutched a military-style assault rifle outside his home.
Should you shoot back? Some states say you can, others say not. This post from Home Invasion News offers some guidance, but please check the laws in your own state before you pull the trigger.