More Americans are buying guns than ever before. There are more guns in private ownership than there are people in the United States. More homeowners are using those guns to protect themselves from intruders.
One of those homeowners is a man who police have not given his identity, in Timberlake, North Carolina.
Around 5am, the man was woken by an intruder wearing a mask and carrying a shotgun. The intruder demanded that the homeowner give him all of his money. Instead of grabbing his wallet, the homeowner grabbed his gun that was next to the bed and shot at the intruder. The bullet struck the shotgun and ricocheted into the intruder’s stomach.
The homeowner then called the police. The intruder, identified as 25 year old Jonathan Ellias Ziminack was found in the home and transported to Duke University Medical Center, but he died before they could get him into surgery.
Ziminack’s girlfriend, 20 year old Cody Alicia Bowling was stopped and arrested by police as she was driving the getaway car. She is currently being held in the Person County jail, charged with conspiracy to commit first degree burglary. Her bail has been set at $75,000 and her charges may be upgraded to first degree burglary and attempted armed robbery.
North Carolina has a felony murder rule that allows murder charges to be filed against any accomplice in a crime that results in a death. The death doesn’t have to be that of the victim, but can be those committing the crime and even innocent bystanders. Nothing has been mentioned by officials about them using the felony murder rule against Bowling, but I believe they should. She was responsible for her boyfriend’s death by driving him to the victim’s house and being ready to drive him away.
What do you think? Should she be charged with murder under the felony murder rule?
The bottom line in all of this is that the homeowner used his Second Amendment rights to arm and protect himself. When the time came, he properly exercised that right when he shot the intruder. More Americans need to exercise their Second Amendment rights and shoot intruders or those who mean them bodily harm anywhere. The more criminals that get shot; it might be enough to deter others from committing similar crimes. It also saves on court and jail costs.
My advice to everyone is buy a gun that suits you, learn to use it and then keep it handy for when you need it. You never know when you may find yourself in the same situation as the North Carolina homeowner.