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It’s the feel good story of the week for two primary reasons: (1) Three very bad guys will no longer be preying on good guys and girls.  (2) If anyone didn’t know, they now know why semiautomatic rifles, AKA “assault weapons” are not only useful, but sometimes, essential.  Hot Air reports:

A Georgia homeowner shot and killed three teens as they approached his residence with their faces covered, authorities said.

The masked teens — a 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds — approached three residents around 4 a.m. Monday at the front yard of a home just outside Conyers and tried to rob them, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office said.

One of the would-be robbers took out a gun and fired shots at them before one of the residents returned fire, authorities said.

‘The victims of the attempted robbery were all uninjured, but the three attempted robbery suspects were all shot during the exchange of gunfire and succumbed to their injuries, one on scene and two at a local hospital after being transported,’ the sheriff’s department said in a news release.

And what sort of gun did the victim use?

So far the exact type of weapon used in self-defense has not been identified. However, a neighbor described the sound as an ‘assault weapon,’ and WSB-TV in Atlanta confirmed itto be a long-barrel semi-automatic…

Apparently, the police found two guns at the scene, so the thugs had at least two guns, presumably handguns.

The homeowner who shot the masked intruder is a man. Neighbors say he’s a truck driver who owns a semi-automatic rifle and is highly protective of his mother.

As is usual in cases like this, the Lamestream media do their best to ignore it, though CNN actually did report on it.  When the media do report on such things, they make a concerted effort to avoid mentioning that the victim saved the day with a gun.  They are always, however, very careful to report on the gun a mass murderer used, particularly if it is an AR-15-like rifle, or “assault weapon,” as they love to term it.  When an honest citizen uses such a gun to stop crimes, they almost always fail to report the presence or even the use of the gun.  Reporting that an AR-type rifle was used for good purposes tends to effectively contradict the narrative.  CNN, of course, did not report the kind of gun the honest citizen used in this case.

The media have also avoided reporting on the race of the thugs.  When criminals are Black, in particular, or minorities in general, this is the rule, however, if the thugs were white and victimizing minorities, we would surely be treated to their race and outraged assertions of racism, white supremacy, etc..  Black people committing crimes, particularly violent, murderous crimes like this, also tend to contradict the narrative.  In any case, we don’t, as this is written, know the race of the teenaged thugs, or anything about their criminal records, though since they were committing an armed robbery and attempted murder, one might reasonably suspect them to have criminal records.

From what is currently known, it appears the victim was entirely justified.  He was, in his own front yard, approached by three masked thugs, and at least one of them opened fire on him.  He responded, in what appears to be a classic case of lawful self defense, and unlike the thugs, his return fire was accurate and effective.  Apparently at least one of them was able to flee for some distance before succumbing to his wounds.  Also apparently, at least one of the others was able to pull a gun—two were found at the scene—but was apparently not able to fire it as one thug did, or if he did, did not hit anyone.

We are not certain the victim used an AR-type rifle, but that’s where the story is, for the moment, leading.  The significance of this is that when attacked by multiple, armed felons, one very much needs the most efficient, effective arm they can manage, one that has the ability to quickly stop the attack, one that is accurate, and one that has substantial magazine capacity.

What the media and anti-liberty/gun cracktivists either don’t know or ignore is that actual gunfights are nothing like the movies. It’s common, when the police and criminals exchange fire, even at pointblank range, for everyone to miss, even though they empty their guns.  In other words, these events aren’t easy or neat, and no one can know how many rounds of ammunition they might need when attacked by criminals.  Obviously, this victim was far more prepared and effective than even most police officers.  We can be certain of one thing: he, and his family, are surely glad he was armed with an appropriate weapon and sufficient ammunition.  If not, we would likely be reading about another honest citizen murdered by unknown attackers.

Certainly, the victim and his family will have to deal with the aftermath.  The thugs that tried to rob and murder them will surely be discovered to have been aspiring Rhodes scholars anxiously awaiting canonization from the Vatican. It’s likely the victim, even if never criminally charged, will have to fend off lawsuits.  The possibility of revenge attacks by the thug’s families and friends is also very real.

Almost certainly, if the thugs are Black, the social justice grievance industry will scream about stand your ground laws allowing the murder of innocent black boys.  Again, from media accounts, it appear SYG was not in the least implicated.

Having to shoot anyone, even if fully justified, is never something to be taken lightly.  However, whose survival contributes more to a just, peaceful society? Violent criminals, or innocent, law-abiding normal Americans?  But they were just teenagers!  And the victim would have been no less dead if their marksmanship had been better.

It is possible, as always, since I’m relying on media accounts, I may be wrong in ways small or large.  If that proves to be so, I’ll make appropriate  future adjustments.

A Contemporary AR-15

Why do we need AR-15s and “high capacity magazines”?  Because we never know what kind of evil we’ll be facing, where and in what numbers. Besides, we don’t need to justify possession of the means of self-defense any more than we need to justify the lawful and life saving exercise of an unalienable, express constitutional right.  Anyone that claims otherwise is aligning themselves with the three dead thugs and their like, not the honest American that, faced with evil, helped make America a better and safer place.