When a Tennessee man was getting his conceal carry permits last year with his family he told them that they would probably never have to use their guns in a life or death situation. It turns out he was wrong.
Kenny Guffey was on the phone with his 83-year-old mother when he noticed a change in her tone and knew immediately that something was wrong.
Guffey told WVLT-TV,
“We were talking probably ten minutes and then all of the sudden her voice panicked and she said, ‘What are you doing in my house, oh no, he’s got a knife. What are you doing with the knife?’”
Colin Patrick Lynch, 29, had broken in Christine Guffey’s home and was carrying a knife. When Kenny Guffey heard his mother cry out on the other end of the line, he was only 2 minutes away from her house.
Thankfully he was carrying a gun and entered the home with the firearm drawn. That’s when he saw the suspect leaning over his mother with a shovel in his hands.
The suspect managed to swing the shovel at Guffey and knock the gun out of his hands, but after a struggle Guffey got it back and held it to the crook’s head.
With a gun to his head the suspect was very cooperate. Guffey sat on him while his mother called 911. Deputies arrived and arrested the home invader who quite possibly could have taken an elderly woman’s life that day had her son not shown up with a gun in his hands.
“God just worked this out and put me that close to her house. Because that’s the only way we’re both alive – we could have both been hurt bad,” Guffey said.
The ironic part of the story is that Guffey did not even carry a gun until about a year ago. The whole family got their carry permits and Guffey figured he would never have to use his gun. It just offered some peace of mind. But thanks to his decision to carry, a criminal is behind bars and has been charged with one count of aggravated burglary and two counts of aggravated assault.
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