Defending the castle by example

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#1 Tue, Jul 19, 2011 - 3:51am
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Defending the castle by example

Many of us gun owners are already aware of numerous new reports similar to this one, but I'd like to point it out and discuss:

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"The intruder entered the front door of the farm house and physically assaulted Cindy while demanding money at gunpoint," read the statement from Boswell's office.

After hearing his daughter's screams, the congressman "entered the walkway of their house and immediately went for the guy's gun and was wrestling with him. They were both on the ground," Boswell's chief of staff Grant Woodard told local news station KCCI.

Image: Leonard Boswell Charlie Neibergall / AP file Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, helped fight off an invader at his farm house on Saturday night.

While the two scuffled, Boswell's grandson Mitchell grabbed a loaded .12-gauge shotgun from a nearby room and confronted the intruder, who then fled into the surrounding field and reportedly was still on the run.

https://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43794799/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/

So here is a few points that I got out of it:

  1. Yes breakins happen regardless of if you live in the country or not. Us that understand what is going on economically have little doubt that the social unrest will be subdued during the times ahead.
  2. This lady (Cynthia Brown) was obviously unprepared for what was about to unfold and she clearly did not have a weapon to defend herself.
  3. It takes teamwork to defend the castle. In this case, it took bravery (or ignorance of fear?) to jump into the fight and attempt to disarm a much younger intruder with a weapon. It also took a 22 year old with a shotgun to bring this to a conclusion.
  4. What if the shotgun was not loaded? In the panic of the moment, it'd add seconds to the event to open you the ammo box, start loading a few shells, and then scurrying into the room with the intruder. Point being made is that process during a time when seconds count is too long. Keep the weapons at ready always.
  5. Make sure everyone in your household knows how to handle the weapon. Such situations can become more dangerous with nervous twitching finger on the trigger waving a shotgun all over the place. This guy (22) probably knew what he was doing as we're not reading a story on how multiple people were shot by a single shotgun blast.
  6. I sincerely doubt that shotgun was locked up in a safe in the basement (says "room nearby"). If you are at home, make sure your weapons are handy.

Lets learn what we can from this incident and keep preparing.

Edited by: Captain Benny on Nov 8, 2014 - 5:06am
Tue, Jul 19, 2011 - 4:06am
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The 12 guage

According to other reports, the 22 year old actually loaded the 12 gauge during the event. So obviously he knew how to load a shotgun which indicates he probably knew how to use it. Good for him!

Tue, Jul 19, 2011 - 12:05pm
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GunVault makes some nice gun

GunVault makes some nice gun safes that are easy to open in a hurry - even in the dark. It's a good way to safeguard loaded guns from children.

Tue, Jul 19, 2011 - 1:05pm (Reply to #3)
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I have thought about the

I have thought about the issue of safeguarding children vs. easy access for an emergency. I don't have any very small children in the home so I can be a little more lax. My older children (youngest is 11) know how to shoot and safety procedures. So I have several guns that are hidden but not locked up. They are loaded but no bullet in the chamber. Very small children cannot cock the guns and/or load the chamber. The problem would be older children that are strong enough to get the gun and cock it but are not trained. If this becomes a problem (grandchildren) I will have to be more careful where they are located. I am looking in to putting in some hidden wall safes.

https://www.invisivault.com/inwallsafes.html#

Wed, Jul 27, 2011 - 12:31pm
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The concept is really good

The concept is really good but there seem to be some operational flaws that make the gun vault less than perfect.

Considering the purpose anyone considering this should be aware of potential problems before relying on this solution.

see: https://www.offroaders.com/reviewbox/showproduct.php?product=378

Safety, security and reliability are extremely important.

Are you willing to trust it? Your money and your choice. Make it good!

Wed, Jul 27, 2011 - 12:43pm
bern
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Interesting info in that link

Interesting info in that link Poor Boy. I've got one of the large safes (not biometric) for my shotguns, rifles and pistols and so far it has worked perfectly. I wouldn't want to bet my life on the biometric lock option.

Wed, Jul 27, 2011 - 1:03pm (Reply to #6)
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I take safety and security

I take safety and security seriously and had considered these until I did some research. 

Maybe the problem is fixed and maybe not.

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