A homeowner in Tennessee shot once and killed an intruder who broke in his house through one of the front windows.
It’s important to remind ourselves why we bring up these stories. It’s not because we have some “fascination with guns,” as a police chief in Ohio stated in response to a tragic incident where a 3-year-old had shot a 1-year-old in the face.
It’s not because we have a sick fascination with “gun violence” or death. It’s always tragic when someone loses his life, whether that loss of life was justified or not. Taking a human life is a serious thing.
We bring up these stories as a response to the left, who are always calling for more and more controls on guns, those inanimate objects that can do nothing on their own. If there’s a problem with violence in a community, it’s not the guns’ fault. It’s purely the fault of the criminals who hold the guns. If all we had to do was ban the tools that people use to commit crimes, then we’d have a lot of fistless people walking around. You might be surprised at the number of people who die every year at the hands (literally) of another person.
We bring up these stories to show people how often guns are used by good citizens to protect themselves and their families from violent criminals. Without firearms, these victims would not be able to adequately defend themselves in these situations, and many times the perpetrator gets away or goes to jail for a short amount of time only to be released back in society where he will likely return to his criminal ways.
If someone breaks inside another person’s house, the homeowner has a right to defend himself, his family and his property. If that means completely neutralizing that threat in the form of a fatal gunshot wound, then so be it.
WATE reported about this East Knox County, Tennessee homeowner who did what he had to do to protect himself:
A homeowner shot and killed an intruder who broke into their East Knox County residence on Wednesday morning.
According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the homeowner living at 1001 Randles Road woke up to the sound of broken glass from the front window.
Deputies say the he fired one round from a gun, from the bedroom to the living room.
The intruder, later identified as James Melvin Vinson, 40, was struck and fell backward onto the porch, according to preliminary reports from deputies. Vinson died as a result of his injuries.
Deputies say Vinson had an extensive criminal history with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Knoxville Police Department and had two outstanding warrants in Knox County, related to a theft charge and a violation of probation. His criminal history includes theft and drug charges.
We can mourn the loss of Mr. Vinson, but at the same time, he got what was coming to him. And most importantly, the innocent victim is alive and well.