Defensive Gun Uses of the Week

The Fake

Morgantown has become the focus of a fake news story surrounding defensive gun use over the past 48 hours. A fake news site has published a story about a Morgantown mother completely removing the head of a pedophile with a shotgun. As of today, major gun sites all over the country still have the story up on their blogs and Facebook pages. The original article reads:

A notorious pedophile has been found dead by police after he was shot dead during the attempted rape of a 12-year old girl at a property in Morgantown, West Virginia.

The 42-year old mother of the girl told investigators that she woke in the early hours of the morning after hearing a commotion in her daughters room. She grabbed a shotgun from her closet and rushed to her daughter’s room, where she was confronted by the sight of an unidentified man attempting struggling with her daughter.

Startled, the man turned around to face the mother, at which point she fired directly into his face, blowing off most of his head. The rapist – a 53 year old sex offender known to police for a series of crimes on young victims – died instantly.”

This shooting would have been justified by West Virginia state law on castle doctrine alone, but as far as we can tell, this story is totally fabricated.

The Real

Knives play a big part in all three stories this week, and two are about concealed carriers being in the right place at the right time.

In Fleming Island, FL, a 14-year-old boy threatened a woman with a knife at Wal-Mart, demanding sex from her. The woman cried out to another customer, who happened to be passing by the aisle. The man was licensed to carry concealed, and held the boy there until police could come take him away. In a Facebook post later that night, the woman wrote:

“I firmly believe that if that man hadn’t walked by when he did and had his gun on him, things could’ve gone VERY differently,” she said on Facebook.

You can read the original article and see a news video here.

Meanwhile, in Colorado, a Greyhound bus was hijacked by another knife-wielding attacker, causing the vehicle to ram into a guardrail and nearly plummet off a steep incline. When the attacker made a run for it, a concealed carrier who happened to come upon the crash drew his weapon, forcing the attacker to drop his knife and wait for police to arrive.

The original article on the story can be found here. The story of the crash is told in this news video, but as is often the case, the part about the man being stopped by a citizen with a firearm is left out.

Finally, In the sort of horrifying story that has us thinking about situational awareness, a man in Jacksonville was barely able to save his life after being quickly and randomly attacked in broad daylight. The man had pulled up to a Bank of America at 11:15 a.m. when two men approached and stabbed him. It is unclear whether he was carrying his firearm on his body or in his car, but he managed to retrieve it and fire several rounds at his attackers. The man survived.