A reporter from GunSaveLives.net received an email from a reader, Jordan, who asked that they use only her first name to protect her privacy, along with the above photo about a harrowing incident in Gainesville, Texas last night. Reporter Dan Cannon reached out to her and spoke with her about the incident. The following is the account of events she conveyed to him during an interview that was conducted.
Last night we had a man on drugs wonder into our yard. I was telling him to leave when he turned on me, threw his hat on the ground, and came at me.
Luckily, my 13 year old grabbed his Ruger 10/22. He did not have to fire. The [sight of the] gun stopped the man in his tracks and he turned and ran. During all of this my 15 year old daughter had called 911. The cops didn’t show until almost 8 minutes AFTER the man took off.
If my son had not done what he did, I have no doubt I would have been injured or killed along with my three kids. Proud of my boy. We are proud gun owners and always will be.
…Had we not had the gun, there would have been no way to protect ourselves and the cops didn’t seem too concerned about our situation. It shouldn’t have taken so long to get to us, we live six blocks from the police department!
[Our] family will always have guns. No matter what. The pics are of my son, my hero.
No one was hurt during the incident and they are currently working on getting a copy of the police report. As far as we can tell, no local media sources (which are far and few between in Gainesville) have picked this story up yet.
This incident is the most common type of gun defense that is used. That is, one in which no shots were fired and no one was hurt. Despite this being the most common type of defensive gun use, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides.