The Armed Citizen® November 27, 2012

Brianne Rodriguez heard a knock at her front door just before 9 a.m., but ignored it. A few minutes later, Rodriguez heard loud noises coming from her bedroom. When she went to investigate, she discovered a man wearing a ski mask in her home. The confrontation led to a struggle and Rodriguez was pushed to the floor and kicked in the face and ribs. The masked man then grabbed her screaming 2-year-old daughter and bolted for the door. Rodriguez quickly retrieved a shotgun she kept in her bedroom and followed. Upon seeing the gun, the man dropped the child and fled. He escaped with Rodriguez’s purse and some jewelry, but Rodriguez and her daughter sustained no serious injuries. (KSEE 24 NEWS, Fresno County, CA, 8/28/12)

When the ex-husband of a woman living at Windmill Cove Apartments was not granted access to his ex-wife’s home by employees of the apartment complex, he warned that he would kick in the door. His ex-wife and a 35-year-old male friend were inside when they heard yelling and someone violently kicking the door. When the door gave way and the man came inside, the friend fired several rounds from his handgun. The man suffered multiple gunshot wounds that proved fatal. (KSL, Sandy, UT, 9/2/12)

From The Armed Citizen Archives
November 1976: Boat owner Norman Long of Chicago, Ill., was awakened by his wife who heard noises aboard their yacht. Long grabbed a 9 mm pistol and surprised a burglar. When the intruder tried to flee, Long halted him by firing four shots into the air.  He soon was arrested. (The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill.)

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47 Responses to The Armed Citizen® November 27, 2012

Erika wrote:
January 27, 2013

While staying at a very respectable inn following a home invasion, so that I could repair the damage from a safe place, a man came to my hotel door in broad daylight, in the morning while people were eating their continental breakfast in the lounge. After the door was kicked down and I was dragged outside, but got away -- I reported it to the Portland Police, and the officer took my shotgun. That's right. What gun? He took my keys and got it from the locked trunk of my car, nowhere near me. They still have the shotgun and will not return it.

Glock lover wrote:
January 17, 2013

A woman was killed in Lansing, Michigan in 2011? from a bullet falling from the sky. Don't shoot into the air!!

William wrote:
January 14, 2013

I once found a 9mm slug imbedded in my asbestos shingle roof. It obviously fell from the sky. There are numerous cases of serious injuries from falling bullets

john wrote:
January 13, 2013

Mythbusters fact

john wrote:
January 13, 2013

When you shoot a bullet into the air it goes up fast . When it falls it isn't traveling the same speed. Everything falls at terminal velocity, which is only fast enough to give somebody a little goose egg at most. Putting an arc on it may change the story a bit. But straight up isn't gonna get somebody killed.

bilious wrote:
January 12, 2013

Due to the ever increasing cost of ammunition, please do not expect a warning shot.

Ashley wrote:
January 11, 2013

Thank you NRA for bringing these stories to our attention. I just got my first gun and absolutely love it. I am very responsible with it and follow all the laws. We cannot let them take away our 2nd ammendment right. Thank you NRA for fighting to preserve our freedom!

Joe wrote:
January 11, 2013

Didnt anyone see the mythbusters episode of firing into the air. Will hardly break the skin when coming back down as long as its about straight up. God bless the 2nd amendment!

Dean D wrote:
January 11, 2013

I can truly appreciate your position LP and agree with you 100%. Every situation is going to have some variables but when it comes to protecting kids, deadly force should be assumed. What I do want to stress is the better trained/prepared we all are, the more effective the defense of our homes/family will be.

LP wrote:
January 11, 2013

Jeff, Dean D.. I understand where you both are coming from but I have two young children of my own.. and if at any point an intruder motions towards my family I will put them down where they retreat or stand. You two have obviously never been in a situation with an intruder. It stains a family especially the young and its not a forgotten thought. I don't wana be a spokesperson but I can only speak from personal experience. When it comes to dealing with the law for protecting my family vs me putting down a kidnapping criminal. You do the math. Had he gotten away with your child I'm sure you'd have a different opinion and post.

Shane wrote:
January 11, 2013

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/mother-of-two-surprises-burglar-with-five-gunshots/nTnGR/

wendell wrote:
January 11, 2013

Dave, your the first person I've heard say this. How right you are. As the old saying goes: whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

Dean D. wrote:
January 10, 2013

I'm a shooting instructor in Minnesota. I have a permit to carry and firmly believe in my right to use deadly force if necessary, to defend myself, my family and my property. I work diligently to train myself and educate my students to be responsible, ethical, law abiding gun owners. I also volunteer at a local gun club to introduce new shooters, some who have never touched a firearm much less shot one, to shooting sports lifestyle. I respectfully applaud those who refuse to be victims regardless if they use a firearm to do so. If only the gun grabbers would work half as hard to understand the gun owners mentality. That being said, Jim E., be careful who you call "dunce". From a legal and ethical standpoint, according to the story, the boat owner was way out of line. I feel that most opinions are based on a portion of the story. We weren't there so we don't know. But, if I'm reading you correctly, both bad guys (1st and 3rd stories) should have been shot as they were retreating and therefore were not posing an immediate threat to the victims personal safety. It's people like you that fuel the argument for the gun grabbers. Educate yourself. Get certified to conduct youth firearm safety training as a volunteer. If you still feel it is warranted to shoot a person that is fleeing, in the back, then I would respectfully ask that you refrain from public comments. You are, in my humble opinion, not the spokesperson we need.

Joe C. wrote:
January 10, 2013

@ Brian: I personally know of someone killed by a bullet from the sky. A neighor's daughter, maybe 8 years old, was killed in Flushing, New York on July 4th, some time in the mid-50's.

josh wrote:
January 10, 2013

congrats to all three ppl thank God no innocents were hurt by these criminals awesome job protecting the baby if only these stories were on the news and yahoo or google

Jim wrote:
January 10, 2013

These are the stories that must be heard. We must spread the word. Too much to lose otherwise. Don't let the media win this one. They win..we lose.

J wrote:
January 10, 2013

Didn't like that the last shot into air however a bullet shot straight up us will not be fatal on way down myth busters did show on it (:

Jim E. wrote:
January 10, 2013

You don't hear about this from the lame stream media but you would have, had the burglar succeeded in kidnapping the child or killing the Mother. And to Chris who said 'Never shoot in the air or fire warning shots'. What a dunce you are. What should he have done.....shoot him in the back and be arrested for killing the SOB?

Mark Luster wrote:
January 10, 2013

I figure that my warning shot came in the way of a locked up home betray the common since that honest folks have and be taught with the 2ND amendment you will never forget the lesson

Mark wrote:
January 10, 2013

Uhhh...in the 3rd example it indicates that the gun owner was from CHICAGO! Really? Isn't it illegal to have a personal firearm in that incredibly safe city???

Tom B. wrote:
January 10, 2013

LP you are exactly right our kids are the future. Liberals want your guns say they are protecting the children, but they will vote yes for abortion, biggest mass murder in the history of the world. The articles are good and the comments are excellent. Thanks NRA and all the supporters.

Jeff wrote:
January 10, 2013

LP - you cannot use deadly force without imminent threat of death or major injury. Shooting a fleeing scumbag would present problems in court, even though it makes sense to most of us. You always need to consider how the court case will play out. Too bad she couldn't have shot him while he was trying to take the child

Ken wrote:
January 10, 2013

I love how all you hear on the news is what the media wants you to hear. We need a news channel that shows the truth. Both sides . As well as , and more importantly we need representatives that have a pair and stand up for what WE want and not worry about there personal agenda. And Deport people like piers Morgan. Ted Nugent for president!!!

Billy Miller wrote:
January 10, 2013

lots of good comments here. in answer to 'what if obama uses executive orders to to ???' well voting is not an answer anymore... we past that point and now please google '29palssurvey.com'

Paul wrote:
January 10, 2013

Remember, you must shoot straight down into the water or the projectile will ricochet just like skipping a rock.

paul wrote:
January 10, 2013

Living in Rhode Island we are seeing first hand that lawmakers and enforcers are willing and able to change the rules to their benefit at a moments notice, making it a crime to posess a firearm w/the capacity of more than one round. These abilities were struck down by the senate last session but are still happening what is the true definition of criminal?

Brian wrote:
January 10, 2013

What goes up must come down argument is not valid. there's this thing called terminal velocity. they might cause minor injuries but nothing serious. your talking something like 150-250 feet per second. most airsoft guns shoot about that. it'd be like getting hit by a metal paintball as a worst case scenario.

Ron wrote:
January 10, 2013

Without knowing more details I would not know if Channing has a valid concern. If on a yacht and the shoots were fired toward clear open water then the person was correct. Firing shots in the air randomly is unwise as what goes up must come down. The warning shots were effective.

Starr Jewel wrote:
January 10, 2013

Excellent stories! In the 3rd article, owning a firearm doesnt mean firing warning shots. Anyone can do that with their mouth. Own a firearm legally and use it. A bullet pointed in an undetermined direction can very easily kill innocence. It does not just vanish once it leaves your magic barrel. Support your 2nd amendment right. Bear arms and do it with accuracy and constant training .

Randy wrote:
January 10, 2013

I like reading stories about honest armed citizens.

Sam wrote:
January 10, 2013

.The world is changing fast. My 'Come and take it!' flag is still up Sheriff Joe. Will our government come with guns to take our guns. Just look at Syria. :-)

LP wrote:
January 10, 2013

1st story Rodriguez of Fresno should have shot the kidnapper after he dropped her child. That makes it one less criminal in the world to pursue the kidnapping of anothers child. Lord only knows that this creep may move on to the next residence with the same intent. Though its good to hear that in the end both her and her child are safe. The children are our future and we must protect them at all cost

Dave wrote:
January 10, 2013

let the ones who want my guns, disarm themselves and their guards first to show me how safe they feel without guns

Jenny wrote:
January 10, 2013

We'll need to remember...and vote accordingly. Meanwhile, keep hammering at our elected officials with faxes, emails, and phone calls. Letters are important, too, but those can take a couple of weeks to get to your official because of security scanning. Emails are easy, type one letter, then copy and paste. Do one every week. It's what the gun grabbers are doing, and we all know it!

Tom Franklin wrote:
January 10, 2013

What will happen if the President attempts gun control by way of executive order bypassing Congress?

Colby wrote:
January 10, 2013

I think all these politicians who want to disarm everyone should be the first to give up their guns and body guards. Especially Feinstein I believe she has a concealed weapons permit, maybe her and her body guards can stay in gun free zones and can only protect themselves with pillows because we wouldn't want to hurt anyone else, ha that will be the day...

Derrick wrote:
January 10, 2013

Sadly the public will never hear about these stories. Only that people use guns with ill intent.

david gayle wrote:
January 10, 2013

Hopefully, they had enough sense to arrested the burglar and not Norman.

Heather Drapeau wrote:
January 10, 2013

Proves once again that taking our guns will tip the balance of power in the direction of the criminals & we just can't let that happen. The locks on my doors are to protect intruders from me, not the other way around.

chris wrote:
January 09, 2013

Never ever fire warning shots or shoot into the air.

Judith Gajdik wrote:
January 09, 2013

Proper training. Adhering to the constitution - the right to bear arms. The media ignores these stories. Our commander in thief wants our guns.

Joe staelens wrote:
January 09, 2013

Once again we see that guns truely save lives. Although I do not condone shooting warning shots into the aiir due to potential death or injury of innocent bystanders, had a gun not been within reach of the good guys and gals the results could have been very different. See joe biden and obama say that if there new restrictions save one life its worth it, why are so few people talking about the lives saved by guns? I can only assune they dont truely care about loss of life but are instead drunk on power and control. thank you NRA

Jeanette wrote:
January 09, 2013

Pls add tweet and FB Recommend buttons on these stories. We need to spread the word.

Mike wrote:
January 09, 2013

This is GOOD news by people legally defending their family and property. It's a shame the media never dwells on this type of news..

Donald Jackson wrote:
January 09, 2013

We have to protect ourselves don't we. All 3 of these are spot on.

chris wrote:
January 09, 2013

Congrats to those who's life was saved by their own firearm. The background checks for mentally ill people will not work most people can't afford to go see shrinks and get diagnosed and treated and documented and if they do most doctors just say your depressed give you a pill and then push you out the door

Channing wrote:
January 09, 2013

first two articles: thumbs up. 3rd..I would be loathe to fire my weapon into the air.Why risk hurting or killing others?