BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Anti-self-defense gun prohibitionists in Washington State have been strangely silent following a text book self-defense shooting in which a homeowner defended himself against a crazed attack, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
The Friday night shooting in North Bend involved a crazed man who had earlier harassed people at two local gas stations and then apparently tried to break into another residence before he ended up at the house in which an armed resident killed him. The incident happened less than a month after Washington Ceasefire launched a campaign urging people to give up their firearms and â€œuse a knife or baseball batâ€ to defend their homes.
â€œThe case in North Bend underscores the absolute foolishness of homeowner disarmament,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œBased on reports from the Sheriffâ€™s Department, the dead man had smashed his way into the house with a propane tank, and then repeatedly threatened to kill the people inside. The couple locked themselves in their bedroom and called the sheriffâ€™s department. While the homeownerâ€™s girlfriend was on the phone, he armed himself with a pistol and told the suspect that he had a gun, and that the suspect should leave.
â€œInstead,â€ he continued, â€œthe man smashed through the bedroom door, and the homeowner fired, killing him. Sheriffâ€™s deputies were at the scene of the first attempted home invasion, proving that police cannot be everywhere at the same time, and that in an emergency, when seconds count, they could be minutes away.â€
Ceasefire last month launched a $50,000 billboard advertising campaign on Metro buses that urged people to â€œthink twice about having a gun in your home.â€
â€œAfter this,â€ Gottlieb observed, â€œresidents in North Bend wonâ€™t have to think twice. While it is regrettable that the homeowner had to fatally shoot the suspect, we are grateful that the homeowner and his girlfriend did not become statistics.
â€œThe silence from Ceasefire is almost deafening,â€ he concluded. â€œIf the North Bend couple had taken Ceasefireâ€™s advice, they might now be dead. That might satisfy Ceasefireâ€™s habit of exploiting tragedies, but it doesnâ€™t square with responsible people who want to be safe in their own homes.â€