An Indiana woman escaped serious injury or death this week when an armed intruder broke into her home.
According to local reports, the intruder soon learned that his victim was prepared to defend herself, as explained in a subsequent 911 call.
“Looking through windows”
The Anderson resident called authorities early Wednesday morning to advise them that she shot a home invader. Upon arriving at the home, officers reportedly discovered a man lying unresponsive in an upstairs bedroom.
Madison County prosecutor Rodney Cummings confirmed that security footage backed up the woman’s version of events.
“Neighbors had videos of him parking in front of the residence and looking through windows, ultimately breaking through the door and pulling a weapon out,” he explained, according to Fox 59.
Audio evidence indicated that the intruder portrayed himself as a police officer, Cummings added.
“In your home is probably the most protected place you can be,” he concluded. “If you’re breaking into someone’s home in the middle of the night, if you don’t get shot or killed you should feel fortunate.”
“They fear being shot”
Although the gun-grabbing left might ignore such statistics, it is far from a rare occurrence for Americans to use firearms for self-defense. Furthermore, victims who resort to using a gun tend to fare better than those who try to resist using other means.
Evidence also suggests that the mere presence of a firearm in someone’s home is often enough to dissuade would-be intruders. A survey of convicts found that 81% of respondents agreed that a “smart criminal always tries to find out if his potential victim is armed.”
Meanwhile, about three in four told pollsters burglars “avoid houses when people are home” in part because “they fear being shot.”
It is perhaps unsurprising, therefore, that the most common reason Americans say they choose to own a firearm is for protecting life and property.
A Gallup survey conducted about two years ago found that personal safety was the leading reason provided for owning a gun, followed by hunting and recreational shooting. As violent crime ticks up in cities across the United States, evidence also indicates that the number of Americans who favor stricter gun control legislation is on the decline.