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11/30/2019, 10:16:40

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Shotguns Are Highly Effective for Home Self-Defense

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NRA photo of a Mossberg Maverick 88 Security 12 Gauge Pump-Action Shotgun.

As home invasions continue to present a danger to American homeowners, numerous law-abiding gun owners who choose to own a shotgun have experienced success in defending their lives and property from intruders.

The rate of success in repelling invaders is likely due to the shotgun’s simple design, easy maneuverability and effectiveness in close distances. A shotgun is basically a point-and-pull mechanism—lacking the more complex mechanical details of pistols and carbine rifles. Shotguns are simple to load and fire. Since most shotgun ammunition consists of shells filled with shot pellets, it is highly probable that a shotgun fired at close range will hit something of its target; this means that law-abiding gun owners seeking to defend themselves during home invasions need not have a perfect stance or superior marksmanship to wield a shotgun effectively.

Cases show that law-abiding gun owners of diverse age groups have used shotguns successfully for self-protection. This month, a 76-year-old New York state homeowner used a shotgun to defend himself and his wheelchair-bound wife from an armed home invader who threatened to kill them. A 36-year-old man wearing a ski mask and armed with a handgun allegedly forced his way into the home and demanded money. “He had the gun in my face,” said the homeowner, who gave the robber cash from his wallet. However, the alleged robber was not satisfied to leave with the money. He reportedly ordered the couple to go into a basement laundry room at gunpoint.

“Well, then I got worried because, you know, why would you want me to go down in the back room? He came in the front door. If he was gonna leave, he’d go out that door. And I thought, ‘He’s gonna shoot us when we go down there,’” the homeowner said.

As the robber apparently became preoccupied with escorting the man’s wheelchair-bound wife into the basement, the homeowner used the opportunity to grab his double-barreled shotgun, loaded with birdshot, from a shelf.

“I backed up against the wall, reached up and got the shotgun. I put it behind me. He couldn’t see it. He turned around…and I shot from the hip. He went down,” the homeowner said. The alleged robber is reported to have survived his injuries and have charges pending against him. Police investigators said the robber deliberately targeted the couple’s residence.

In another case earlier this year, a 62-year-old, hearing-impaired woman in rural Oklahoma used a shotgun to defend herself from a home invader who refused her demands for him to leave.

Seeing a 31-year-old man in her home entering her kitchen, the woman ordered the intruder to leave. When the intruder ignored her, the homeowner retrieved her shotgun. After the man again ignored her and came towards her, she feared for her safety and shot him. LeFlore County Sheriff deputies pronounced the man, who had a lengthy criminal history, dead at the scene. Sgt. Terry Winn, an investigator, told America’s 1st Freedom that the homeowner was deaf and she did not know the man.

Law-abiding shotgun owners do not need to use expensive ammunition to successfully defend themselves against intruders; shotguns function so effectively that even birdshot can effectively stop an intruder without causing fatal injury. For example, a reputed Virginia gang member was reportedly stopped from carrying out a robbery by a homeowner using a shotgun loaded with birdshot. The gang member kicked down the door of a home in a remote area. The homeowner fired birdshot at the 18-year-old gang member, wounding him in the buttocks. The gang member was arrested and has since been convicted of burglary with intent to commit robbery and street-gang participation. “The defendant is lucky the victim only had birdshot in his shotgun,” a police representative said, adding that the local sheriff’s office takes gang activity very seriously.

Also shotguns can be effective as deterrents; sometimes the mere sight of a shotgun is enough to frighten off an intruder. Such was the case involving an axe-wielding intruder who reportedly fled from a homeowner armed with a shotgun earlier this month, according to North Carolina police. A 29-year-old man allegedly used an axe to hack his way into the back door of a home. Coming face-to-face with the homeowner carrying a shotgun, the intruder promptly dropped the axe and ran away. No one was injured during the incident. Police apprehended the intruder shortly afterwards and have since charged him with breaking or entering a building with the intent to commit felony/larceny.

The simple design and maneuverability of the shotgun lends itself to efficiency regardless of the age and physical ability of the person using it. Therefore, the shotgun can be an ideal self-defense firearm option for law-abiding citizens seeking to protect themselves from dangerous home intruders.





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