Earlier this month, a man in Littleton, Colorado broke into a stranger’s home and attempted to rob the place. The house that he chose, however, belonged to a police officer who happened to be home at the time. Upon encountering the intruder, the officer immediately shot him dead.
Specifically, an unidentified suspect between 40 and 50-years-old, recently broke into the home of Phillip Donovan, an off-duty police officer with the Denver Police Department (DPD). Donovan, who was sleeping in his basement, awoke to a noise upstairs.
Thinking quickly, he grabbed his firearm and went to investigate. As he approached the base of the basement stairs, he spotted the intruder and opened fire. Consequently, the suspect was struck by the gunfire. After striking the suspect, he grabbed a phone and called the police.
“When the person had broken into the residence, the homeowner got up, he encountered the suspect at the top of the stairwell and then he ended up shooting him,” explained Rick Redmond, a spokesman for the Littleton Police Department, while speaking to reporters about the incident.
Paramedics were also called to the scene. After arriving, they then lifted the wounded suspect into an ambulance and rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
At first, Donovan was worried that there may be another suspect so he called on officers to search the surrounding area. But after a thorough search of the neighborhood, the officers weren’t able to find any evidence of a second suspect.
Still, news of a second suspect understandably startled many of Donovan’s neighbors. “We’ve got a house full of kids for a birthday party tonight, so this is a little wild,” mentioned his neighbor, Richard Sisneros. “Luckily though…he was a cop and he does have a firearm and he was able to protect himself unlike a lot of things that are going on right now,” he added.
Although Donovan was subsequently taken down to the local police station to make a report, it’s unlikely that he will face any charges. This is because, in Colorado there’s a “Make My Day” law that allows homeowners to legally use lethal force if they believe “their lives, or the lives of anyone in the house, are at risk.”
Incidents like this underscore just how important the Second Amendment really is. Without a gun, the officer could’ve possibly been killed by the intruder. Despite this, Democrats are still actively trying to and make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.
For example, in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 26-year-old Devin Kelley opened fire on a crowd of people attending a church service at the First Baptist Church, killing 26 people and wounded about 20 others. In the aftermath of the brutal attack Senate Minority Leader Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced an updated gun control bill, called the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2017.” If passed, the legislation would drastically roll back gun rights by banning the sale, production, and transfer of assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and bump stocks.
“This bill won’t stop every mass shooting, but it will begin removing these weapons of war from our streets,” explained Senate Minority Leader Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the primary sponsor of the bill, in a statement introducing the legislation.
On Twitter, she added, “San Bernardino. Aurora. Newtown. Roseburg. Orlando. Las Vegas. Sutherland Springs. These mass shootings all involved military-style assault weapons. It’s past time to remove weapons of war from our streets.”
By saying this, Feinstein is essentially blaming lawmakers for the terrible shooting in Texas. This is because, according to her, if we had stricter gun laws, then an attack like that wouldn’t have occurred.
But her reasoning is utterly ridiculous. If the laws prevented either of the shooters from getting a gun, then they simply would have obtained one illegally. In fact, stricter gun laws may have made the situation worse seeing as an armed good Samaritan who was nearby helped save the day. If he didn’t have quick and easy access to his firearm due to strict gun regulations, it’s likely that countless others would’ve died.
Because of this, the authoritarian left must not be allowed to make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to have firearms. This means that conservatives need to actively work together and block Feinstein’s new gun control bill and any other similar pieces of legislation that come after.