The Importance of Self-Defense: Two Harrowing Stories

The Importance of Self-Defense: Two Harrowing Stories

Since the passing of the H.R. 38 Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act yesterday, the internet has been a hotbed of activity as gun-rights advocates take on anti-gun proponents.

According to those on the left, H.R. 38 would only exacerbate violence problems, claiming that those who exercise their Second Amendment rights "see 'bad guys' everywhere, have a high fear level and flatter themselves that they are keeping themselves and others safe [sic]." This is akin to saying people who have fire extinguishers in their homes see potential fires everywhere — clearly it's a ridiculous premise.

In Texas, the self-defense issue is certainly a polarizing one. Two new stories today illustrate the point, perhaps a bit too poignantly.

From MySA:

Police say a father eating with his family at a fast food restaurant in San Antonio fatally shot a robber who threatened his family with a gun.

Police Capt. Michael Starnes told the San Antonio Express-News that the robber died at the scene Wednesday evening.

San Antonio police Sgt. Roy Miller says the gunman threatened the father and restaurant employees and the employees ran out the back of the restaurant. The gunman demanded money and, when the father refused, the gunman turned his weapon toward the man’s family. At that point, the father, who is licensed to carry a firearm, pulled out his own gun and fired.

Starnes says the father isn’t facing charges and that he “really saved the day and protected a lot of people.”

Gun-laws wouldn't have stopped a robber from illegally using a firearm to terrorize an innocent family. Instead, it was a well-prepared man with his own weapon that stopped the threat and saved potentially dozens of lives, including those in his family.

The second story, also from Texas, illustrates the reality of being unprepared when evil darkens your doorway.

From 12NewsNow:

Beaumont Police have arrested a 17-year-old Beaumont woman in connection with several aggravated robberies linked to the murder of Kera Teel and her newborn baby daughter.

Atayanna Asia Nicole Douglas,17, of Beaumont, was arrested in Lake Charles, on Tuesday and transported to the Beaumont Police Department to speak with investigators according to a release from the police department.

Douglas gave information that implicated herself in three aggravated robberies that are believed to be connected to the capital murder of Teel and her newborn daughter, Kyndal, the release said.

Douglas is a former student at Pathways Learning Center but had dropped out according to a Beaumont Independent School District spokesperson.

The ongoing investigation which is still in its early stages has led to the arrest of numerous gang members throughout Beaumont and resulted in the seizure “numerous” guns and drugs the release said.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshall Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are working with Beaumont officers on the case.

Teel and her mother, Mindy Morris, had just pulled into the parking lot of the Siena Apartment Home after driving back from Galveston just before 2 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, when they noticed a black Cadillac driving back and forth by the exit of the complex.

Morris told 12News that Teel drove around the Cadillac and parked when all of a sudden a man in a black mask came up to the window of their car.

”She kept saying no, please, please don’t, no. And I jerked her back and he opened the door and shot at her twice,” Morris said.

The suspect fired at Morris as she fled before he fled the scene with at least one other suspect.

Keel, who was seven months pregnant, was transported to the hospital where she died.

Her baby daughter Kyndal Jae Teel died shortly after being delivered.

Gun laws didn't stop a 17-year-old thug from illegally using a gun to rob and kill a 7-month-pregnant mother. Through no fault of her own, Kyndal Jae Teel will never grow up to be a young lady. Her mother, Kera Teel, will never know the joy of raising her child.

Take action now: urge your representatives to support H.R. 38. You never know when evil will darken your doorstep.

Stay alert. Stay alive.

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