OAK GROVE, Ky. – Christopher Kelley never had to shoot anyone before, but he kept a gun for protection. And that choice might have saved his life and the life of his brother as well. But it’s how these men are reacting to the armed intruder that has gotten a lot of attention.
Christopher was at home sleeping when he heard someone barge through the door. Thinking at first it was his roommate’s friend he thought nothing of it until he saw the intruder with a mask and a gun.
“Just lucky I guess I had it with me,” a sleep deprived Kelley said. “You get it and you always hope you don’t have to use it.”
“I turn around and I see the gun and I see the mask. He started raising his arm and I shot,” Kelley said.
In seconds, Kelley fired five rounds before the intruder could ever pull his trigger. Two bullets went through walls and into the ceiling, while the other three stopped the danger. It’s quick thinking like this that might have saved his life.
“When he hit the ground before he dropped, his gun he pointed at me again. I told him to drop it. That’s when he dropped it,” Kelley described. “If I didn’t have a pistol myself we probably would have been in a rough situation, you know.”
Kelley said the wounded, but unarmed man, finally made it outside and into a getaway car with two other men.
Instead of being angry, he said after all the commotion was over they started praying for the man to recover.
“I hope he makes it. I really do,” Kelley said. “You shouldn’t wish that on anybody. He might have been doing the wrong thing, but I’ve made mistakes in my life. Everybody has.”
Kelley said the men driving the getaway car drove the intruder to the hospital.
Oak Grove Police have not released the name or condition of the suspect.
Kelley has given the suspects something they probably would not have offered him. And that’s the difference between a good guy with a gun and a bad guy with a gun. None of the recent gun control laws or proposals would stop a home invasion like this. But some of these new laws would have limited how much ammo Kelley would be able to hold in his magazine.
Those 5 rounds were fired off in mere seconds, and had the suspects friends in the getaway car been in the house as well, a 7 round magazine (like is the maximum capacity in NY) could have left Kelley and his brother in big trouble.
The media never seems to want to report on the compassion of gun owners, as they like to paint us as mindless pawns of the NRA. But guns are often used in self-defense where the bad guy does not end up dead.
A gun can be used for more than just to kill. It can be used to warn off an intruder, to show you are not helpless, or in this case to injure the intruder so he cannot inflict harm.
But don’t mistake that compassion for weakness. Any criminal breaking into a house with a parent ready to protect his/her family should not expect for things to end well.
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