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GOOD SHOOT: Craigslist Crime Thwarted By Father’s Armed Son, Two Shots Hit Two Targets


GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — A father and son planning to see a car that they found on Craigslist got much more than they bargained for when they were ambushed by three men after they couldn’t find the address.

“This was a Craigslist deal gone bad,” said Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker. “They were some folks from Grand Rapids who were looking for a car and were jumped by three attackers.”

During the attack, the son pulled out his revolver and began shooting. He fired two shots.

Not wanting to stick around to face their demise, the three attackers took off running. Police later found two of them with gunshot wounds to the chest. The third is still on the run.

A concealed carry permit holder, the son went prepared to defend in the face of evil. Had he not taken his firearm, I could very well be reporting this headline instead: “Father and son killed during Craigslist robbery because they left their firearm at home thinking they wouldn’t need it.”

We know all too well that those stories exist. Carry on.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Don Carpenter

    I get the point of having to mention that the carrier was a permit holder, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could get away from legal armed citizens being refered to as “permit holders”? Permits do nothing but let the government know who to target.

  • Bill Redding

    What I’d like to see is a spate of self-defense shootings where people are using “illegal” guns — meaning, they didn’t have a permit (a gov’t permission slip) to carry, yet stopped a crime, mass shooting, whatever.

    For specific example, how many parents would condemn a teacher who used an “illegal” gun in his/her classroom to stop a shooter from killing said parents’ children? Not ONE of them!

    It would just go to show that having/needing a permit to carry (however you want to do it, concealed or openly) is not only a violation of the 2nd Amendment/RKBA, but that NOT having a permit in no way results in a “less desirable” outcome: The assault/crime was stopped and the targeted victims saved.

    And you don’t need any permit to be a “defender” — or a good shot.

    — BR

    • disqus_bvzyOg5eso

      If they’re registered to the owner but the owner doesn’t have a cpl, then the gun is not illegal.

      • Backwoods Engineer

        The 2nd Amendment means that ALL GUNS are legal in the United States. Any law to the contrary is un-Constitutional on its face, whether Congress, the Courts, or the States recognize that or not.

        • pfunkypfresh

          That’s goddamn right… I have a right to carry on my person ANY object or drug i Fuching want that doesn’t inherently harm others (aka radioactive material)… And NOONE has the right to search or put their hands on me…

    • LWWZ

      You’ll never see that because the defender won’t report it because of fear from government prosecution. The attackers aren’t the one’s who called the cops after this happened. It was the good guys who weren’t afraid of prosecution because they had their “Permission Slip”…

      • Bill Redding

        The “illegal gun owner/user” doesn’t have to report it: Someone ELSE will. Sooner or later, we’ll have a mass-shooting or whatever, and an “illegal” gun will be used to stop it.

        Some people carry “illegally” as they refuse to get a permit on the grounds permits are an illegal infringement of the 2nd Amendment/RKBA (sadly, we don’t have Constitutional Carry in America). So one day, they could be “outed” when they use their gun to stop a crime. And if they ARE outed the media would be all over it, so we WILL heard about it — News @ 6 and video @10.

        Often there are witnesses, as rarely does an “event” not have someone around to see what happened. Sometimes crimes ARE just you and the criminal(s) alone somewhere, but something like stopping a shooting in a mall, store, school, office, or whatever there’d be witnesses, so the “illegal gun owner” would be outed.

        So sooner or later, we SHOULD be hearing about this happening…but as mentioned earlier, the “illegal hero” would be arrested and his/her gun confiscated…which is really stupid.

        — BR

    • pfunkypfresh

      In Nebraska we have an “affirmative defense” clause which gets you out of the concealed carry charge if you had a good reason to carry w/o unnecessary (due to the trumping by the 2nd Amendment) carry permit…..

    • Stephen Fritz

      Here in Utah the teachers can carry.

    • John

      QUOTE ” they didn’t have a permit (a gov’t permission slip) to carry, yet stopped a crime”

      I did, but there is no way I would have called the cops!! If I had done that >I< am the one that would have been arrested!
      I suppose there are many unreported stories like mine….

      • Bill Redding

        So have I (3 times)…and ONLY because I was armed could I do anything, as I wouldn’t be on an even playing field WITHOUT a gun so it would have been suicide to intervene otherwise.

        We see on TV often “commentators” wanting to know why someone didn’t “get involved” in a happening violent crime. True, MOST people are just cowardly losers standing around watching or taking cellphone video, but SOME didn’t get involved because then THEY would be victims also, because like good little law-abiding citizens, they were unarmed!

        But the “talking heads” media just don’t get it: The GUN is the tool that ALLOWS a person to “get involved” as it is and always has been the Great Equalizer. Yet liberals would rather unarmed students in a classroom “get involved” by attacking an armed shooter who will likely just gun them all down. What outrageous stupidity…

        But as I mentioned earlier, that what’s the blindfold on “Lady Justice” stands for: Being such a blindly obedient SLAVE to “the law” yes, both you and I would be the ones arrested and our “illegal” guns confiscated.

        A really sad state of affairs in America…it’s like robots (without any common sense) administer “justice” nowadays…

        — BR

    • Ron Humphreys

      Bill, you are absolutely correct, in that, after the fact, all parents (of the saved kids) would applaud the armed teacher. However, many of those same parents would demand that the teacher be fired for having a gun around their precious babies, if it was found out before anything happened. Too many Americans believe the anti-gun hype that a gun is inherently dangerous no matter who carries it. They also don’t understand the logic that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Most don’t have a problem with a cop being that guy, but also fail to understand that when seconds count, even the best cop is minutes away. We all know that in a active shooting situation, waiting for police costs lives.

  • Jim

    Instead of what we’d like to see, lets be thankful there is young courageous responsible people like this man.

  • Mickey Mouse

    THe second headline is the one Liberal a-holes would rather see. Todays Libs and Little Socialists wannabes want to see the crooks as the good guys now. Hows that for a F’ed up country?

  • Wayne Washburn

    Get a bigger gun kid .

  • A fine example of a responsible gun owner. Nice work!

  • Backwoods Engineer

    Nice work! Two chest shots under extreme stress! Give that guy a medal!

  • bob

    I am so glad I live in Kansas where we have open carry and conceal carry without special permit

    • Don Carpenter

      Welcomes to the Constitutional Carry club! Enjoy your rapidly declining crime rate and lack of police threats to pull your permit!

    • EMU135

      “Constitutional Carry”, same thing here in AZ.. As it should be in all “57” States. The Second Amendment IS our permit!

      • Terry Vicena

        I see what you did there! Lol

  • Martin Mayberry

    You don’t see stories like this on yahoo!!

  • Martha D Hadaway

    Another good guy with a gun xo

  • Al’s Grandpa ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Two shots fired; two bad guys hit.

    And idiot leftists thing gun play would be dangerous if more law abiding citizens carried…

  • stetson 560

    Maine joins Kansas on October 15,2015 with Constitutional Carry.

  • William Bauers

    I bet they were moslems from Michiganistan ROFL

  • Russell Hockins

    the press would never print the second half of the title for what the suggest might have happened. It contra-indicates the media’s agenda. ;)

  • Carry everywhere. Always.

  • mikec711

    The good news is, while international news will scream about every bad shooting, this one will never get past page 38 of the local paper.