A man has shot and killed a burglar, injuring another after they both burst into his home at 4:30 am.
And this comes after new laws in Texas approve bills allowing Texans to carry handguns without a licence.
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Now, Texan lawmakers have left a lot of Americans concerned after their recent announcement…
Where they passed a bill allowing residents to carry a handgun without a license.
Let’s begin by stating the obvious… Guns are a problem.
The term “mass killings” is defined by the Justice Department as 3 or more killings in a single episode, excluding the death of a gunman.
It’s been happening more and more lately, too.
With new precautions being putting into place to try and protect citizens everyday.
We even have a “Mass Shooting Tracker,” because that’s how often they occur.
The Mass Shooting Tracker is a crowd-sourced database of U.S. mass shootings, with the website defining a “mass shooting” as a single outburst of violence in which 4 or more people are shot.
And it has laid out the horrifying statistics plain and clear in a graph that organizes each shooting and the number of fatalities by month and year.
The numbers in 2019 speak for themselves and highlight just how dangerous our country has become.
By September that year, there had already been twenty-two school shootings.
According to CNN, twenty-two shootings had taken place in American schools, but there were more to follow.
In 2020, due to the pandemic, school shootings were at an all-time low…
It was the first March since 2002 that there had been no school shootings. Not a single one. This was mainly because children were at home rather than in schools, but it had been eighteen years since we’d seen something like this before.
However, gun sales increased significantly last year.
According to The Week, March 2020 came in as the second-busiest month ever for gun sales.
A CNN report from late March also cited online ammunition retailer, Ammo.com, as having picked up on ammunition sales increases of more than one-thousand percent in Colorado, 945 percent in Arizona, and 897 percent in Ohio.
This is concerning as mass shootings are still a high possibility in our country…
One of the earliest recorded mass school shootings dates back to 1966, in which an engineering student at the University of Texas killed seventeen people and injured thirty-one during a shooting rampage. This was the deadliest school shooting until the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007.
And then we also had the horrific incident at Columbine High School where twenty-one more people were left severely injured…
The attackers also planted bombs around the campus but luckily, they failed to detonate.
The Columbine shooting sadly went on to inspire many “copycats” in the future who went on to conduct even more mass shootings in schools and colleges including Sandy Hook.
Adam-Lanza shot and killed twenty-six people, including twenty children between 6 and 7 years of age.
It is the fourth-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history.
And how could we ever forget about the Parkland School Massacre?
On February 14th, 2018, a nineteen-year-old gunman, who was a former student at the school, came in with a semi-automatic rifle and started shooting at his classmates and staff. Seventeen people were killed with a further seventeen left injured.
It begs the question, how did the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, get his hands on the rifle with such a problematic history?
In both 2016 and 2017, the sheriff’s office received a number of tips about Cruz’s threats to carry out a school shooting.
He had previously posted on Youtube and on social media talking about his plans to conduct a mass shooting, but the authorities dismissed these tips which eventually lead to Cruz killing all of these innocent people.
And so victims of mass shootings are reminded of their traumatizing experience more often than not.
And find it very difficult to heal from the events of their past.
Which is why Texas’ gun announcement is so troubling…
Texas lawmakers approved a bill, allowing residents to carry handguns without licenses.
Greg Abbott said last month that he would support the bill, which would apply to those over twenty-one later this year.
Officials have said the law is necessary because obtaining a license to carry “infringes” on Texans’ Second Amendment rights.
No license is required to carry a rifle in the state either…
However, some law enforcement officials have opposed the bill, arguing that it would make police officers’ jobs more dangerous.
“The right to bear arms is not unfettered,” Kevin Lawrence, president of the Texas Municipal Police Association, said last month.
“We disagree with the folks that push this issue. They take one half of one amendment and ignore the rest of the Constitution.”
The NRA – Institute for Legislative Action spoke out in a statement.
Saying that the bill was the “most significant pro-Second Amendment measure in Texas history.”
And now, a Washington man has shot and killed 1 burglar, while injuring the other.
This comes after they tried to break into his home at roughly 4:20 am.
Jerahme Smith, thirty-one, is a married man, and a father to 3 children.
He was with his sister in his family home when he heard intruders break into the back door.
And he wasn’t about to let the burglars put his family at risk.
So, he opened fire, shooting and killing 1, and injuring the other.
But, he didn’t follow through with that step before taking a few deep breaths.
And when he saw that 1 of the intruders had a weapon, his mind was made up.
“When everything first started, the first thing I had to do was take a few breaths and calm myself down because I knew it could have gone one of two ways,” he said as per the Daily Mail.
“I didn’t know who they were, I didn’t know what they had, but the first thing I did – and it’s the honest to God truth – is I took a few breaths to myself,” he continued.
And then he explained that he was ready to make a decision: “That way I knew I was calm enough to make a proper judgment decision.”
Police have also said that he has not been arrested following the incident, and will not be charged, or at least, is not expected to be charged.
“It kind of goes back to your rights. I have the right to carry and I have the right to protect myself and I have the right to protect my property,” Smith explained.
“Protect yourself. That doesn’t mean go looking for it, that means just be ready,” he said.
What do you think about this?