Man shoots intruder in Saginaw County: Do you feel safer with a gun in your house?

  • conservativej...

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    May 18, 2013 6:28 PM GMT
    BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI — When a 98-year-old Buena Vista woman's house was burglarized on Saturday, May 11, the grandson of the resident decided to stay the night at the home and told police he armed himself with a gun for protection.


    When a suspected intruder arrived at the home hours later in the early-morning hours of Sunday, May 12, the grandson raised the shotgun and shot at the suspect near the front door and missed. When the grandson went outside, attempting to record the license plate number of a car that was fleeing the scene, the driver of the car attempted to ram him, the grandson told police.

    The grandson took a second shot, this time hitting the suspect behind the wheel of the car.

    The suspect drove himself to a Saginaw hospital and was treated before being transferred to a prison in Jackson.

    The original story:

    http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2013/05/police_man_shoots_suspect_paro.html

    The story, which was picked up by TheBlaze.com and posted on the National Rifle Association's Facebook page, has gained more than 16,000 shares on Facebook and has drawn many comments from readers, many in support of the man's actions to protect his grandmother's home.

    Read some of the comments below and cast your vote in the poll. Use the comments section to give your opinion.


    Jeremiah Stepp

    I'm sorry but I would have fired every round I had available and he would not have been able to drive himself to the hospital. You don't mess with family. Good thing I am one of those gun nut's that have an ar 15.

    Donald Conley Sr.

    Obama go AFTER the Criminals with GUNs >>>NOT the Law abiding people<<<

    Rick Ector

    The caregiver's account of the story is justified. The only charges that should be filed should be those against the home-invader. By the way, the caregiver should be given a medal and a ticker-tape parade should be held in his honor.

    Jim Adams

    While I commend him for protecting his family, his choice of shot was poor. If you going to shoot someone with a shotgun, 00 buck is a much better choice.

    nosnownhell

    The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, 2nd amendment, December 1791.

    Robin Humble

    The caregiver is a hero! What if he hadn't been there and his grandmother had gotten up and been murdered or severely injured by the scumball who broke into her house not once but twice?! I bet his grandmother is so proud of him, I know I am! Great job stopping the low life thug who obviously hadn't learned his lesson in jail the first time!! He's lucky it was just birdshot. Everyone needs to follow this example when it comes to home invasion!

    drachenfutter

    Anyone breaking into someone's home NEEDS to be KILLED before innocent homeowners or their children are injured or killed. If home invaders get away with it, they will do it again and again until some one gets shot.

    Tailgunner

    Let's see if this will be the top story on all the far left zealot gun grabbing MSNBC talk shows in the next few days. Nope. We know better. Anything that shows law abiding gun owners as anything other than just that, disproves and sharts all over their fear mongering, race baiting, phony completely bogus "polls" and their hate the 2nd Amend. agenda will never, ever get shown in any honest way. That is why we will never trust this current government, with their Benghazi and IRS lies and coverups, nor the in the tank maintream gun grabbing meda. Thanks for reporting this Mlive. These stories usually get buried.

    i3usdriver

    The caregiver was faced with a life or death situation. I think he acted appropriately. I may have let the intruder take a few more steps inside the home before I unloaded some lead on the animal but thats just me. Take the night back!


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    May 18, 2013 7:11 PM GMT
    Given that he missed with the first shot (presumably at close quarters), I wouldn't feel very safe if he was blasting off a shotgun in my street.

    As for the comments, what do you expect from NRA dead brains?
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 18, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    Living near an economically depressed, crime infested city like Saginaw, MI only helps drive the paranoia of needing a handgun or a shotgun in the house for protection.
  • tazzari

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    May 18, 2013 10:23 PM GMT
    But to answer you question, no. I don't keep a gun in the house. The vile family-torturing, burglarizing hoards that so transfix the minds of brainwashed, fear-centered minds rarely call here. At least in the 30-odd years Ive lived here. At my ranch, which is pretty remote and in a tough neighborhood, I kep a baseball bat by the door, in case.

    But guns? No - who needs them? (Other than legitimate sport.)
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    May 18, 2013 11:40 PM GMT
    Yes
  • Webster666

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    May 18, 2013 11:44 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidGiven that he missed with the first shot (presumably at close quarters), I wouldn't feel very safe if he was blasting off a shotgun in my street.

    As for the comments, what do you expect from NRA dead brains?



    Exactly.
    Also, it's a good idea to shoot an intruder when he's INSIDE the home. Otherwise, it's debatable as to whether he actually WAS an intruder.
  • HottJoe

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    May 19, 2013 12:05 AM GMT
    No. And I don't think anyone prone to self destructive mood swings should have guns, because it makes them five times more likely to blow their brains out.
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    May 19, 2013 12:24 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidNo. And I don't think anyone prone to self destructive mood swings should have guns, because it makes them five times more likely to blow their brains out.


    OK, no guns for democrats!

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    May 19, 2013 12:31 AM GMT
    Government should just take all the guns and only let police and government have them. Oh yeah and the criminals.
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    May 19, 2013 12:45 AM GMT
    Unintended said
    freedomisntfree said
    HottJoe saidNo. And I don't think anyone prone to self destructive mood swings should have guns, because it makes them five times more likely to blow their brains out.


    OK, no guns for democrats!

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    Most of us are smart enough not to own one.


    Or too emotional ... integral part of being a democrat
  • metta

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    May 19, 2013 2:34 AM GMT
    No. I would not shoot someone so it would not make me safer.
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    May 19, 2013 2:38 AM GMT
    metta8 saidNo. I would not shoot someone so it would not make me safer.


    I had one when I first moved to SoCal and lived in the Valley... given that I lived one street off of Sepulveda and was lined at the rear lot line with apartment complexes. When I moved to RPV I didn't need one nor did I in Soviet Monica.
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    May 19, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    Guns are certainly a very swift and practical means of self-defense.

    Trust me, you could be better at martial arts than Jet Li, but when you're in the position you're in with an intruder, you're going to want a gun by your side.
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    May 19, 2013 9:07 AM GMT
    Webster666 said
    Also, it's a good idea to shoot an intruder when he's INSIDE the home. Otherwise, it's debatable as to whether he actually WAS an intruder.


    True. I bet this one didn't appear on the NRA's Facebook page.

    Rochester pastor shoots granddaughter, mistaken for intruder
    http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/20315749/rochester-granddaughter-shot-mistaken-for-intruder
  • Lincsbear

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    May 19, 2013 10:17 AM GMT
    Unintended saidThe simply facts are that gun ownership increases the risk of death:

    http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/160/10/929.full

    http://www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2012/12/health-risk-having-gun-home

    There is no credible evidence showing that gun ownership actually deters crime.


    Sometimes feelings can be deceptive...
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    May 19, 2013 12:38 PM GMT
    I have a few swords and a set of steak knives. I feel safe.
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    May 19, 2013 1:25 PM GMT
    Upper_Cdn saidI have a few swords and a set of steak knives. I feel safe.


    Worked for OJ
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    May 19, 2013 4:56 PM GMT
    Most burglars are opportunists and most will enter a home via an unsecured door or window. The best way to guard against intruders is to fit your home with good locks and a few other cheap crime prevention measures (and then use them). Boring, I know, and it won't get your name in lights like blasting away someone on your doorstep would, but it is a lot less stressful.




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    May 19, 2013 5:31 PM GMT
    As I've told most of my gun happy friends. You are stupid to have your gun loaded and laying around the house (especially if you have kids). You should have the gun locked up. If an intruder breaks into your home the odds are you are not getting to your gun in time to even use it.

    Guns won't ever make me feel safer as I know the odds of actually using them to defend myself or others is very small (assuming you are a smart sane person and lock them up).
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    May 20, 2013 2:02 AM GMT
    msuNdc saidAs I've told most of my gun happy friends. You are stupid to have your gun loaded and laying around the house (especially if you have kids). You should have the gun locked up. If an intruder breaks into your home the odds are you are not getting to your gun in time to even use it.

    Guns won't ever make me feel safer as I know the odds of actually using them to defend myself or others is very small (assuming you are a smart sane person and lock them up).

    Well, I'm of the philosophy that states: "It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it."