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postheadericon Would-Be Car Thief Sent Packing After 9-Year-Old Takes a Stand

KOKOMO, IN — A Kokomo man made a dumb mistake — he left his car unlocked, with the engine running, with his nine-year-old inside.

A thief attempted to capitalize on his mistake, but wasn’t planning on the little man’s stalwart, pellet gun-based defense.

The resulting scrap led to a different car being stolen, and an entire high-speed chase.

As WTHR reports:

All of this started at the One Stop Express on the corner of Washington and Jefferson in Kokomo, then ended at the American Tool Rental on South Lafountain Street.

Kevin Cooksey and Kyle Sparling stopped by the One Stop as strangers for different reasons… They didn’t know they’d end up leaving together and chasing after someone they say tried to steal both their cars.

“When I saw my truck door open, I was like, ‘oh my God, what am I going to tell my wife?’” said Cooksey. That’s because Cooksey’s 9 year old son, Larry Larimore, was inside – with the engine running. “I was thinking, I hope my son knew what to do in that situation,” said Cooksey.

“As soon as he opened the door, I got scared,” said Larimore. “So I pulled out the pellet gun and pointed it to his head.”

That scared the man enough to get him out of the truck, but then he ran into the next car down – Sparling’s black Trail Blazer, which also had its engine running.

“I didn’t know what to think, I just kind of ran outside and watched him,” said Sparling.

“I wanted to go catch the guy,” said Cooksey. “It’s just one of those instincts to help out somebody else.”

Cooksey told Sparling to get in the truck with them. They called the police and chased the suspect down Washington Street… After a couple miles, the suspect crashed Sparling’s car. Larimore says he’s glad he and his dad were able to help track the suspect down.

I think every boy with a pellet gun has thought about using it to right wrongs to heroic, out-of-its caliber affect. This boy got to live the dream and save the day, without a shot being fired.

Well done.

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postheadericon Why We Plan For The Worst — Pit Bulls Attack And Kill Wife, Maul Husband

A married couple went for a walk not far from the iconic Route 66 going through Kentucky. The Bell County Sheriff’s Office reported that the couple were attacked by two dogs. They viciously pounced and killed the man’s wife before he was able to take out his gun and shoot.

According to US News, one of the dogs was killed and the other took off. They are believed to be pitbulls — not belonging to the couple.

It’s a heart wrenching story involving the loss of life. Thankfully, the man thought to carry a concealed handgun on his walk. He wasn’t fast enough to save his wife’s life but he was able to save himself.

There’s a natural confusion that sets in when what we expect to encounter — like a nice walk with our significant other — takes a turn for the horrific.

A dog attack happening randomly out in the woods is about the last thing any normal person would expect.

It’s also why we promote the concept of preparing for the worst while hoping for the best.

There’s a very slim chance any concealed carrier will ever need to pull his or her gun in self-defense. That slim chance, though, could happen to any one of us.

There are irresponsible people out there in this world that don’t care if their dogs get loose. There are bad people who prey upon others. There are wild animals that are aggressively territorial.

Any number of reasons can culminate into a self-defense gun situation. If you don’t have your concealed carry pistol on you, you’re depending upon sheer brute force and will to survive an encounter. It may not be enough.

These two pit bulls are powerful examples of aggressive animals attacking. If they managed to knock down and kill the wife before setting upon the husband, there’s a good chance that if he wasn’t armed, he wouldn’t have stood even half a chance of keeping himself alive.

That’s why we wrote this article about defending yourself while defending your family.

We strongly believe that a defensive mindset needs to incorporate not just you but also anyone you plan on protecting. You can’t protect anyone if you’re down and you certainly can’t protect yourself if you’re not carrying a concealed handgun.

It’s also why we cover incidents reminding gun owners why we carry.

Our Second Amendment right is reinforced by our daily commitment to carry a concealed handgun. It’s not just for yourself. You’re doing it for your close family and friends. There are people who depend upon you to defend yourself and them if the worst comes to pass.

If you’re someone who’s on the fence about carrying a gun, check out our article on why it’s okay to carry a gun you feel comfortable with versus trying to carry bigger or badder. Any bullet is a good bullet so long as it’s coming out of the barrel of your gun and heading towards a bad guy. It doesn’t need to be a big round. Heck, it can be as small and easy to manage as a .25 ACP.

Pick a gun you feel comfortable carrying. Practice with it at the range. Get your concealed carry permit. Get a holster you feel confident will keep solid retention over the gun. Carry concealed everywhere, everyday.

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postheadericon “I Had To Take Care Of Things”: Mother Scares Off Intruder With Her Gun

HOUSTON, TX — One mom whose husband was out of town and whose infant daughter was counting solely on her the Thursday before Christmas knew exactly what to do when her home was attacked.

She produced her Equalizer, and sent the bad guy packing.

She didn’t even need to pull the trigger, either.

As KSAT reports:

The mother was at home with the family’s 3-month-old daughter Thursday night. Her husband was out of town working, but was coming home Friday to celebrate the first Christmas with their daughter.

After tossing and turning in bed for a while, the mother was not able to fall asleep and went to the living room around 11:30 p.m. About an hour later, she heard the home alarm beep and her back door open. Her instinct kicked in.

“I froze for a second and then I realized I needed to spring into action, I mean, I had my baby in the house. I was alone. My husband was away on business, so I had to take care of things,” she said.

She grabbed a gun and went towards the back door, where she found a man standing in her kitchen. She yelled at the man while pointing the gun at him, and her dog ran towards him, scaring him out of the back door.

She locked the door and called 911.

Houston authorities were on the scene in minutes.

She had to take care of things, and she did. I have no doubt she was terrified — anyone with sense would be.

But she came through — that’s about the definition of courage.

When you’re out, whether you’re a man or a woman, make sure your partner knows how to defend your shared home.

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postheadericon Ruger Announces New Pistol; The Ruger Security-9, And The Price Is Just Stunning

Yesterday, Ruger announced a new pistol to their line-up that will bring some competition to the Glock 19’s and S&W M&P M2.0 Compact’s of the world.

As you can see below, they’ll be available in both 15+1 and 10+1 capacity. But wait, what’s that MSRP? With an MSRP of $ 379 for the Ruger Security-9, it’s sure to appeal to many people looking for a new self-defense firearm.

We’re hoping to get our hands on one soon for some testing and eval, and we’ll have a review up once that’s done.

Take a look at their press release below, including specs:

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce the new Security-9® pistol. Ideal for everyday carry and self-defense, the Security-9 is an affordable, rugged, mid-sized centerfire pistol that provides everyday security in the perfect caliber, size and price point.

Chambered in 9mm Luger and utilizing a 15-round, double-stack magazine, the Security-9 strikes the perfect balance between a compact and full-size pistol. It is small and light enough to be easily concealed and comfortably carried, yet has twice the capacity of slimmer 9mm Luger pistols.

At the range, both new and advanced shooters will appreciate the easy-to-rack slide; short, crisp trigger pull; eye-catching sights; and ergonomic, textured grip frame. The American-made Security-9 is constructed around a rigid, one-piece, precision-machined, aluminum chassis with full-length guide rails; a blued, through-hardened alloy steel slide and barrel; and a high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame with an integral accessory rail.

The Secure Action used in the Security-9 is the same as the LCP® II and is derived from the reliable and proven hammer-fired LCP fire control system, combining the smooth trigger pull of the LCP with the short, crisp feel and positive reset of a single action. Safety features include a bladed trigger safety, external manual safety, neutrally balanced sear with significant engagement and strong spring tension, and a hammer catch to help prevent the hammer from contacting the firing pin unless the trigger is pulled.

“The Security-9 is a yet another example of what we do best here at Ruger: deliver new products to the market that combine innovation and value,” said Ruger President and CEO, Chris Killoy. “We expect our customers are going to be excited to buy the Security-9; they will definitely enjoy shooting it.”

The new Security-9 features a 4” barrel and weighs just 23.7 ounces with an empty magazine. It ships with two alloy steel magazines and a cable locking device.

Ruger Security-9 Specs:

  • Model Number: 3810
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Capacity: 15+1
  • Barrel Material: Alloy Steel
  • Barrel Finish: Blued
  • Barrel Length: 4″
  • Overall Length: 7.24″
  • Sights: Drift Adjustable 3-Dot
  • Weight: 23.7 oz
  • Grip Frame: High-Performance Glass Filled Nylon
  • Slide Material: Through-Hardened Alloy Steel
  • Slide Finish: Blued
  • Slide Width: 1.02″
  • Height: 5″
  • Grooves: 6
  • Twist: 1:10″ RH
  • CA Approved: No
  • MA Approved & Certified: No
  • Suggested Retail: $ 379.00

For more information on the Security-9 or to learn more about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit Ruger.com or Facebook.com/Ruger. To find accessories for the Security-9 and other Ruger firearms, visit ShopRuger.com or your local independent retailer of Ruger firearms.

About Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. As a full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines. For more than 60 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®,” echoes the importance of these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.

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postheadericon Questionable: Man Shoots Teens After They Stole From Store

PHOENIX, AZ — A pair of teens were shot by a man the pair assaulted in a shoplifting incident, reports ABC 15.

Now, the question is whether or not the man who shot them was reasonable in his use of force.

According to ABC 15:

According to the Phoenix Police Department, witnesses told officers that the teens had walked into a business in the area and took several items without paying.

Police say the teens were then confronted by a man in the parking lot who asked them to leave the stolen items. The teens then dropped the items and reportedly started to hit the man when they saw he was armed.

Police say during the assault the man fired his weapon, hitting both of the teens. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Of course, the two 15-year-olds feel as though they were gravely abused.

“He was just screaming at us, ‘get down on the ground, get down on the ground!’ and we’re telling him, ‘we’re minors dude, you don’t have to shoot us.’ We even put the stuff on the ground,” said Michael Ward, one of the teens, according to ABC 15.

“That’s when he (Chris) started wrestling with the gun. I started coming in ‘cause I’m not gonna let my brother fight by himself, so I just started trying to get the gun away from him,” said Ward.

On one hand, there are witness claiming that these teens assaulted a man because they saw he was armed.

On the other hand, we have a at-least-somewhat-legitimate concern that the man violently overreacted to a shoplifting incident. God knows every Christmas season we see someone getting way too zealous in the attempt to stop petty crime and producing their firearm against Nancy who stole lip balm from the one remaining Eckerd on earth (sorry, they’re gone).

Was this man in genuine danger before the firearm was produced? Was there something this man could do to avoid the confrontation without sacrificing the safety of others? These questions are vital.

Whether or not the carrier was assaulted or whether the kids were defending themselves is almost immaterial to the point that needs to be made here: you use your defensive tool in the act of preserving life and liberty for you and others.

You don’t use it to perform a citizen’s arrest against Nancy.

Stay safe out there, folks, and be sure to keep your mind as sharp as your EDC knife.

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postheadericon Woman Is Shot After Forcing Herself Into Home

LEXINGTON, KY — A woman in her twenties was shot while attempting to break into the home of a woman in her forties — a total stranger.

The early morning scuffle was a bit of a statistical anomaly.

As WKYT reports:

Police say it happened around 4:45 a.m. at a home on Talisman Road, in the Garden Springs neighborhood off Lane Allen Road. Officials say a woman in her 40s was home alone when a woman in her 20s came banging on her door, eventually breaking through a window. Police say the homeowner fired a shot at the intruder.

The woman was taken to UK Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, and will likely be charged with breaking and entering. Police believe the home was randomly targeted.

Now, as some of the more regular readers here (or on any other news site) can tell you, it’s really not that common for women to commit crimes of this nature, especially alone.

There was a time where I wasn’t sure how much of that discrepancy was perception as opposed to an honest-to-goodness difference in number of arrests.

I looked up some statistics on the issue to see what was what, and I was stunned.

Although the information I’m about to share is from a 2012 review by the FBI, I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t believe that the information is at least pretty close to today.

Women are arrested far less often than men. From that, we can pretty safely assume that women also commit less crime.

Of the 9.5 million people arrested in 2012, the FBI reports, only 2.5 million were women.

That’s less than a third.

And for the particular crime of burglary, the contrast is even more stark. Approximately 184,000 men were arrested for burglary, while just over 36,000 women were arrested for the same.

That’s about 16.4 percent women arrested for committing that offense.

Finding an incident where a woman defended herself from another woman breaking into her home and no one seems to have known each other is pretty darn remarkable.

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postheadericon Defensive Gun Use While Protecting Family

The easiest way for my family to go Christmas shopping is if we all go to the mall at the same time, split up, and convene back at a set time. This gives the kids an opportunity to fan out and pick out gifts for their friends at school and sports.

As a concealed carrier, I know that it’s not just my life I have to worry about. There’s countless people around me who are just as interested in preserving themselves. And there’s also my family — who may or may not be nearby if a bad situation were to occur.

I don’t usually talk to my kids point blank about scenario situations like a shooting incident in the mall. To be honest, where I live, it’s never come up — and I hope it never will.

The oldest, 13, knows how to use guns and understands proper handling but he’s still 9 years away from being a concealed carrier.

We talk about emergency situations in generalized terminology. It may be a thing that my kids see in their lifetime, it may not. I hope it isn’t.

So, in a situation where we’re all spread out and feel relatively safe, there comes a serious need to know what to do if that suddenly becomes not the case.

There have been shooting incidents at malls. There have been violent acts committed at malls.

I don’t pretend to be immune.

Concealed Carry Considerations With A Family

When it comes to concealed carry practices, I have to consider my family in addition to myself.

That’s why I use an old process I learned years back and was recently reiterated in some training I took with Rob Pincus of Personal Defense Network — altered to suit non-concealed carriers like most of my family.

  • Evade
  • Barricade
  • Arm
  • Communicate
  • Respond

The first thing my kids know to do when they hear or see man-made trouble: evade. Get away from the disturbance. If people are shouting and moving, move away from the supposed source.

Outside, it’s winter time. That means freezing temperatures. Going outside and staying hidden for hours may not be possible without hypothermia. Shy of explosions and fire, my kids know that once they reach a room, barricade it up.

Find a room or shelter and barricade it up.

If there’s people looking to hurt them, I have no qualms with them picking up whatever tools are nearby that are tougher than their fists and sitting tight behind a barricade until help arrives. Fire extinguishers, sticks, rocks, whatever’s clever. Hole up and hold down the fort until police get there.

Because our oldest has a cell phone, he knows to text or call me as soon as he’s somewhere safe. That’s our version of communicate. Talk to police, talk to firefighters or emergency crew, talk to me.

That goes for while he’s in the mall or anywhere else. The youngest doesn’t have a cell phone and she gets stuck with her older brother, myself, or mom.

And the last step in this sequence is Respond. For our thirteen year old, if he’s gotta make a choice to defend himself, may as well make it and stick to it. If the barricade doesn’t hold and help isn’t there, he’s going to have to do for himself. That’s a father’s worst nightmare.

Everyone Has A Job

As for me, my job is to get my family to safety. I need to get them behind cover and behind me. I’m the one with the gun. And I won’t use it or even pull out my gun unless I have clear and unimpeded visual sights on the bad guy and he is headed in my direction.

I can’t risk drawing attention to myself or my family.

My job is to get them outside, get them into the back of the car, keep their heads down, and safely drive out of the situation as soon as possible.

It’s not as simple as just drawing down on an unknown bad guy. There’s a process and a plan. There’s steps to educate the family on their roles during different emergency situations. Give them all a heads-up. If they know what their job is — stay behind dad, stay behind cover, and follow my or their mother’s instructions.

My oldest is in charge of the youngest. My wife and I are in charge of the kids. We know our role and have our order.

You figure out your order. Maybe your wife is the better shot or more competent gun owner. Maybe you feel more confident that your kids can handle more or less. Whatever the case, as a concealed carrier, you need to have a plan to account for what your family is doing during a defensive incident.

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postheadericon What To Do If You Get Called Out By Another Gun Owner

What you don’t know can hurt you. It’s a simple truth that we gun owners can become hardened to. The toughest pill to swallow is when someone calls you out for something and they’re right.

In the interest of saying I’m not immune, I’ll relay a little story.

One time I was taking an AR-15 rifle course with a bunch of other guys with a mix of different backgrounds. During this particular portion of the course, we were firing from the 15 yard line and then walking down to our targets to figure out our zero.

Two things happened to me during this course:

#1: I never used a scope on an AR-15 platform.

By this point, I had only ever used iron sights or, on a few occasions, red dot optics.

The scope I mounted wasn’t mounted correctly. But I couldn’t know what I didn’t know. And being stubborn, I didn’t ask for help. Unsurprisingly, my shot groups were all over the place as my scope bounced around between shots.

One of the other students in the class noticed I hadn’t affixed the scope correctly and called me out about it. He was polite but he noticed I hadn’t done something correctly and it was affecting my performance. So he volunteered to help and show me how to identify the problem and correct it.

#2: I’m a lefty.

The range safety officer instructed us to lock the bolt to the rear and sling our rifles behind us when we walked down to our targets.

The way my rifle hung behind me, the slide lock kept pressing against my back, causing the bolt to go home.

This understandably made the other participants nervous. No one likes to be walking up to the target while on the line with complete strangers and hear a bolt carrier group slam home.

And, after it happened, I’d obviously want to rack and lock the slide to the rear.

This didn’t help the situation at all. The range safety officer called me out on the bolt slamming home and told me if I couldn’t keep it locked, I’d need to leave it back at the firing line with the bolt locked to the rear, ejection port facing up.

And that’s what I ended up having to do.

I didn’t like being called out but the range safety officer was right. And I needed to respect my other fellow students as well as the range safety personnel.

Is it embarrassing getting called out on the range or in the real-world? Yeah. It sucks.

However, when the person calling you out has a point, it’s time to put the ego aside and do what needs to be done. A simple acknowledgement of, “I see what you mean” or “thank you for letting me know. I’ll get that fixed” can help allay any hard feelings and show that you intend to follow through.

Of course, it helps when the person calling you out is polite and direct.

That’s a bonus — not a requirement.

And depending upon the severity of the mess-up — like a bad habit that could jeopardize the safety of others and yourself — you may not always have the luxury of polite instruction.

Take advice with a grain of salt but definitely consider the merit of it. Not all advice is helpful. Not all advice is practical. And not all advice is correct.

If someone is very adamant you need to be doing something different but you honestly don’t see what that other person is talking about, ask him or her to explain. If after he or she explains it still doesn’t make sense, tell him you’ll look into it and move along.

A sign of a responsible person is the one willing to accept advice when something he’s doing is unsafe. Responsible concealed carry can sometimes fall into this category. If someone out in the real world or at the range spots some behavior of yours that could get you or someone else into trouble, take the lesson at face value, be thankful someone stopped to point it out, and correct the behavior if possible.

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postheadericon WATCH: Store Owner Shoots At Armed Robbers, Sends One To The Ground

WHITEHAVEN, TN — When a pair of thugs entered a phone store looking to make some cash, they were soundly beaten by the store’s owner.

They were already brandishing their guns, and that was all the warning the owner needed to counter the attack.

As FOX 13 reports:

A Whitehaven store owner fought back when two armed robbers came into his store. It happened just Friday evening just before 6:00 p.m. on Millbranch near Shelby Drive.

The store owner fired his gun and started shooting at the two men. He hit one of the suspects who immediately dropped to the ground. The man was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay. The other suspect is at large.

By the time the would-be robbers made it a few feet inside the door, they were being fired on.

As the surveillance video below shows, the fight was decidedly one-sided.

One of the suspects was reportedly hit, and found at the hospital later.

Take a look at the surveillance video below:

These thugs didn’t know what hit them.

This is another example of the importance of carrying firearms at work. These robbers were clearly ready to shoot the workers at the store.

Everyone in the area was threatened because someone thought it was a good idea to attack a local businessman, and if no one was armed except for the robbers, there’s a better than average chance an innocent person would end up seriously injured, or worse.

Stay safe out there, folks.

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