BETHESDA, MD – “The thwarting of the home invasion of a Congressman by his armed grandson over the weekend underscores the value of firearms ownership,” gun law expert John M. Snyder said here today.
Snyder is the Gun Dean, according to Human Events.
An armed intruder broke into the Iowa farm home of Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) Saturday night. The perpetrator attacked Boswell’s daughter, Cindy Brown, and demanded money, reported the Huffington Post. Boswell, 77, heard her scream. He came towards the front door entryway. He tried to disarm the male intruder.
The grandson, Mitchell Brown, 22, got a shotgun from another room. He pointed it at the intruder, who then fled.
“It’s fortunate the family had a firearm in the house,” commented Snyder. “Its mere presence in the hands of a family member enabled the young grandson to thwart what could have been a real tragedy.
“Firearms are used millions of times a year by citizens in the United States to stop crime or to interrupt crime in progress or to prevent crime from being initiated, according to Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck. According to a survey by the National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP), 74 percent of the sheriffs and police chiefs in the United States think qualified, law-abiding armed citizens can be of assistance to the professional law enforcement community in promoting justice and reducing criminal activity. About 100 million Americans own over 200 million shotguns, rifles and handguns.”
Congressman Bosley is one of 141 cosponsors of H.R. 822, by Rep. Cliff Stearns (F-FL), the proposed National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. It would authorize a person who is carrying a government-issued photographic identification document and a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state to carry a concealed handgun in another state in accordance with the restrictions of that state.
According to the NACOP poll, 79 percent of America’s command officers think general recognition throughout the nation of CCW permits issued by a state, in the way divers’ licenses are recognized throughout the country, facilitate the violent crime-fighting potential of the professional law enforcement community.
“Guns save lives,” said Snyder.