A “Good Gal with a Gun” Makes All the Difference

Nov. 5, 2019
Bob Adelmann

Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's CEO and Executive Vice President, caught a lot of flak in 2012 when he said, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 26 people dead, that "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun." Suggesting that teachers should be allowed to be armed, along with armed security personnel, was "ludicrous," "an insult," and "insane," according to his critics.

What no one said was that LaPierre's suggestion was "sexist."

Jeremy King was very happy that his wife could handle a firearm just as well as he could. Not only was she his wife, she was also good with a gun.

King, a resident of Lithia, Florida, a small town east of Tampa, was enjoying a quiet evening at home last Wednesday night with his wife, who is eight months pregnant, and their 11-year-old daughter. Suddenly, without warning, two masked and armed thugs broke down the back door and started demanding money and anything else of value.

Here's how it went down, according to King:

They came in heavily hooded and masked. As soon as they got the back door opened, they had a pistol on me and was grabbing my 11-year-old daughter.

I'm telling them: "I have nothing for you." And they're like, "Give me everything you got." It became real violent, real fast.

One of the bandits started beating King with a pistol while the other started kicking him. His wife, hearing the commotion, left the back bedroom to see what was happening. That's when one of the goons fired a round at her.

The round missed her, allowing her time to retrieve an AR-15 and return fire. King explained what happened next:

When he came toward the back door in her line of sight, she clipped him. He made it from my back door to roughly 200 feet out in the front ditch before the AR did its thing…. Them guys came in with two … pistols and my AR stopped it. (My wife) evened the playing field and kept them from killing me.

Police investigators found the body of a Hispanic male in his 20s lying in the ditch. The other outlaw escaped and remains at large.


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They left King with serious injuries: "I've got a fractured eye socket, a fractured sinus cavity, a concussion, 20 stitches, and three staples in my head. I took a severe beating."

It could have been much worse. If she hadn't had access to a firearm, the ending might have been tragic for King, his wife, and their daughter. As Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), told his supporters via email: "This is yet another example of why the Second Amendment must be zealously defended. Those who would ban such rifles and restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens to make it possible to defend themselves and their families against violent thugs, would have innocent blood on their hands. This was an obviously harrowing experience, and we are delighted that the King family is alive, safe, and well."

David Workman, communications director for CCRKBA, said that the story made headlines all across the nation: "This story has made national news, and it helps send a message that law-abiding citizens use firearms to defend themselves every day, putting the lie to claims by gun banners that nobody needs an AR-type rifle. This case clearly says otherwise."

This writer, in researching this story, could find nothing from any anti-gun groups remarking on the incident. It apparently just doesn't fit the narrative, so they remain silent. For King it didn't matter. His wife was not only a "good gal with a gun" but also good with it, using it to terminate a situation that otherwise likely would have left the three of them severely injured or dead.

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Sources:

BayNews9.com: Victim of Violent Home Invasion Speaks; Credits Wife With Saving His Life With AR-15

Fox8.com: Man says pregnant wife stopped intruders with AR-15

Fox6Now.com: Pregnant mom used AR-15 to kill burglar, save husband during home invasion

MyStateLine.com: Pregnant mom uses AR-15 to fend off burglars during home invasion

ABC News: Wife defending husband and daughter kills home intruder with assault rifle, source says

Email to CCRKBA members from Gottlieb

Background on Wayne LaPierre ("Good guy with a gun")

CBS: NRA: 'Only Way To Stop A Bad Guy With A Gun Is With A Good Guy With A Gun'

Lithia, Florida, a suburb of Tampa

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