A Nurse with a Gun

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Ten Lives, One Will



In College Park, Georgia, two masked thugs crashed a party carrying guns. The home invaders immediately separated the men from the women and demanded wallets and cell phones. Then the two began counting bullets, and one ominously stated he had enough for everybody there. “Apparently, his intent was to rape and murder us all,” said student Charles Bailey.

One of the men held hostage decided he intended to survive. He pulled a gun from a backpack and shot at the criminal guarding the men. The criminal fled. The righteous defender then advanced to the room where the women were being held and found Calvin Lavant preparing to rape one of the women. The defender again began shooting, telling the women to get down. One woman was injured in the barrage of bullets, and Calvin Lavant lept out a window. He was found dead from a gunshot wound near his own apartment, one building away. The injured woman is expected to make a full recovery.

This sounds like a good story, but there are lessons to be learned. First, there were over-penetration issues. This was in an apartment complex. Lady Luck smiled on the defender.

Next, out of ten people, only one had the courage to act. The thugs had the audacity to count bullets in front of their victims. If the reports are true, there was opportunity for unarmed resistance. Five to one.

Finally, a gun was available, but training was apparently lacking. The defender reverted to the spray and pray technique of home defense. He obviously got off shots in time on the first criminal. The second criminal was also caught with his pants down, literally. Whether the defender's intent was to scare off the attackers with an expensive and dangerous noise maker, or whether it was to take a permanent bite out of crime, he could have used more training and education in lethal force and self defense.

But the righteous defender lived. So did all his friends. He was there, I was not. He saw that big gray pachyderm, grabbed it by its trunk and body slammed it across the arena with all his might. He found the will to save lives while his friends succumbed to fear and intimidation. The defender found the foundation that everyone who carries a gun should possess. He found the will under crisis to use a gun to save his life and the lives of others. That is the one element that remains an unknown for many who carry a gun.

The decision to live must be made when the gun is strapped on. The training must be done before the crisis comes. In the crisis, we will all revert back to our level of training........ If we have the will to live.

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14 Comments:

Blogger Old NFO said...

One bad guys down, MANY more to go!

WV- werenuff

2:41 AM  
Blogger Diogenes said...

Interesting that WSBTV is all over this story, but the AJC has almost totally ignored it. Not surprising, just interesting - this sort of self-defense self-censorship is typical of the AJC.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the news story it's unclear whether or not the defender hit the gunman watching the men; it's also unclear who shot the woman.

Antibubba

11:14 AM  
Blogger DouginSalcha said...

When you consider the difference in "potential" headlines - "One student wounded, one masked perpetrator killed on scene at an attempted home invasion / burglary"... instead of "Nine students murdered and one student 'clinging to life' in ICU at..."

I would recommend further training for the young man who defended himself and his friends with a handgun but all in all, he was lucky (and they were too). Good headlines go a long way in making up for the other ones that leave me depressed for days or weeks afterward...

11:21 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Has it occurred to you that the story here sounds weird? If the guy wanted to rape someone why did he not kidnap her instead of doing it in an apartment outnumbered 5 to 1? Or, if you are going to kill the males - then why not do that first?

And the counting the bullets story, if a person got in an argument and shot some guy at a party - wouldn't this counting the bullets be a way to explain that it had to be done in defense of everyone there? It sounds like a lie.

And why was the supposed rapist screaming for the police instead of for an ambulance? This screaming is the one part of the story given by people outside the party - and it doesn't match very well the story from inside.

I keep searching this guys name because I think the police may surprise us when one of the party-goers changes their story.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Matthew Carberry said...

Note this lawful defense with a firearm, as well as the recent one involving a defender with an AK-pattern got no coverage on CNN, FAX and MSNBC.

What did? A couple of idiots shooting a boy in Texas.

Nah, there's no media bias against positive portrayals of guns.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Diogenes said...

The one that got away has been arrested.

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah the video said he got a gun from a backpack at the urging of another student. Sounds like maybe it wasn't even his gun.
Brian

9:12 PM  
Blogger TOTWTYTR said...

Matthew, do you think all of the people at the party are lying to cover for this guy? It would take that for his story not to unravel if it's as you suspect.

As to being outnumbered, maybe the bad guys figured that no one would be armed and that unarmed people would, as they are often instructed to do, be passive and just hope for mercy from their captors.

As to the original post, we may question his training or his aim, but not his guts or his decision to resist.

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matthew Carberry: do you have a link to the one involving a defender with an AK-pattern ?

thanks, J

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Erik said...

Matthew, you are doing the common mistake of thinking bad guys use the same logic as honest people. If that were true, then there would be no crime, since it's not "logical" to do so. But there are crime, simply because some people think differently.

These two guys was high on their own powertrip, and thought they could get away with it against 10 people, so they saw no need to try and kidnap one of them. And they were almost right, only one fought back.

Same with the bullet counting, two guys so sure of themselfes that they attack a party of ten would have no problem demonstrating their intent in front of everyone. Why would they, they allready took over the place, and noone has tried to fight them.

It's also common for criminals that have been stopped in self defence to call for the police, and claim they were attacked. It might not be logical to do so, but these are criminals. They felt they had a right to do what they did, and anyone acting in selfdefence is "attacking them". And very often people acting in selfdefence get arrested, so their point of view isn't totally out there.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Assrot said...

Another one bites the dust. One less piece of shit in the gene pool.

Damn, College Park, GA has really gone to hell. I lived there and went to College Park High School for almost a year back in 1960.

It was a fairly decent place to live then.

Joe

3:35 PM  
OpenID womenofcaliber said...

Thanks for posting the details on this incidence, Xavier. While the righteous defender may have room for improvement, nevertheless, I'm impressed that he stepped up to the plate and avoided a potential tragedy.

http://womenofcaliber.wordpress.com

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Joseph said...

Overpenetration is a big concern of mine, yet rarely do I see it addressed.

8:38 PM  

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