In the middle of the night, he heard his doorbell ring. Then he heard someone inside his house. So he grabbed his gun and went to investigate.
Gun-grabbers have a really tough time wrapping their minds around the idea that guns turn vulnerable people into strong people that are able to defend themselves against a physical threat they would have been otherwise unable to manage.
When Daniel McGown, 73, confronted the burglar, the 9mm in his hand changed everything.
“I pointed the pistol at him and said, ‘If you don’t move, I won’t shoot you,’” McGown said. He then realized he’d left his cellphone upstairs so he ordered Gaffney to walk up to the bedroom with him.
“I told him, ‘you’re going to walk ahead of me and we’re going to go upstairs where I can get my cellphone and call the police,’ and he said, ‘Please do call the police. Please don’t shoot me,’” McGown said.
“I told him to get down on his knees in front of the bed and lay down on it with his arms out, and I called the police and they showed up, and there he was.”
McGown told WEWS his house had been broken into a few days earlier when he was out of town. He said Guns, ammunition, and laptops were stolen and disassembled televisions were left behind.
Thomas Gaffney, 51 was arrested and is already being investigated for potential involvement in the original break-in.
A good guy with a gun dealt with the threat and waited for help to arrive.
Had the confrontation NOT involved a gun, would the crook have been subdued so easily? Or could it have lead to a dangerous struggle between a 73yo man and an intruder?