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Student Prevents Mass Murder

Or so it would seem. 11 students gather at a friend’s apartment for a birthday celebration. Two armed masked men burst in:

Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment for a birthday party after two masked men with guns burst in through a patio door.

“They just came in and separated the men from the women and said, ‘Give me your wallets and cell phones,’” said George Williams of the College Park Police Department.

Bailey said the gunmen started counting bullets. “The other guy asked how many (bullets) he had. He said he had enough,” said Bailey.

That’s when one student grabbed a gun out of a backpack and shot at the invader who was watching the men. The gunman ran out of the apartment.

The student then ran to the room where the second gunman, identified by police as 23-year-old Calvin Lavant, was holding the women.

“Apparently the guy was getting ready to rape his girlfriend. So he told the girls to get down and he started shooting. The guy jumped out of the window,” said Bailey.

Lavant was found dead near his appartment. Apparently he lived in a neighboring building.

The student hasn’t been identified, but when you have armed, masked men counting bullets to ensure they had enough, I think I’d have probably reached the same conclusion as he did. And, for a change, the story ends with someone successfully defending themselves because they were armed instead of being victims in some “gun free zone”.

~McQ

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11 Responses to Student Prevents Mass Murder

  • A friend of mine who was for some measure of gun control, once told me where he had read a statistic that if you own a gun, you are 7 times more likely to shoot a friend or family member than you were to shoot a home invader.  I didn’t bother to check out his statistic, but I told him that for certain, if you own a gun you are 100% more likely to shoot a home invader than if you didn’t own a gun.

    Some time later, when hurricane Rita was on its way toward Houston, he and his family were going to hunker down rather than battle the traffic out of town.  And after hearing of the chaos that ensued in New Orleans after Katrina, he asked me if he could borrow one of my shotguns to protect his home and family.  I obliged of course, and nothing unfortunate happened anyway.
    Good news is that after that experience, he went out and bought his own shotgun, and is now considering buying a pistol.  He has since much relaxed his position on gun control.
    Yet another story with a happy ending.

    Cheers.

    • “if you own a gun, you are 7 times more likely to shoot a friend or family member than you were to shoot a home invader.”

      That may be true (I don’t know) but I’m betting the likelihood of a responsible gun owner shooting a friend or family member is nearly zero, so seven times near zero is still pretty close to zero.

      • Actually, the probability of me shooting an intruder is magnitudes higher than shooting a friend or family member.  Assuming I owned a gun, there’s a 100% probability that when I see a home intruder he would be shot.  I could probably go several thousand times seeing my friends and family before shooting any of them.

  • When I saw that this happened in College Park I feared that there would not be a happy ending for the student hero but it was in Georgia, not Maryland, so the good guy will probably not face disciplinary action or demonstrations and be forced to change schools. Hopefully he will not be sued.

  • Pogue:

    Gun deaths in the US are about 30,000 a year.  Your friend needs to look at National Safety Council statistics here -

    http://www.nsc.org/research/odds.aspx

    In 2005, the latest data release, 17,002 people committed suicide with a firearm, 12,352 were killed by a firearm assault (mostly gang violence) but only 789 due to firearm accidents.  Police killed 330 criminals. 

    NRA’s monthly, The American Rifleman, has a page with self defense accounts.  As a gun owner who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, I know of several cases where taking out a pistol or just the noise of chambering a round has ended the threat. 

    Gun laws only ensure that the victim will not be armed.  Criminals, by definition, do not obey the law.

    In 1981, my cousin, his wife and 10 year old son were murdered in a home invasion.  Although I, too, live in the country, I have motion detectors, flood lights, an alarm system, two cell phones, two large dogs, two loaded Model 1911 45s, four rifles including an M1 Garand and one shotgun. 

  • More and more i think i need to get myself a gun, i had avoided it since the last place i was staying was not my home and the owners had small children, i didnt want to cause a fuss. But i think i should get one ASAP, as who knows how long it will be before i cant, being in maryland.

  • Clearly they should have just offered the two masked men wine and cheese.  Also, group hug would certainly have stopped the rape from occurring.

  • Hmmm… Two bad guys.  One now at room temperature.  Not too bad.

  • The statistic about being ” 7 times more likely to shoot a friend or family member than you were to shoot a home invader.” is bogus and has been debunked several times. What it includes as “family or friends” is gang members and drug dealers and their known clients.

    In the part about home invaders, it doesn’t make any mention of times a gun was brandished but not fired.

    Typical irrationality of the left/control freaks.