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May 6, 2009

Heroes of the Day: The Second Amendment and a Georgia college student

by Stephen Gordon

secondamendmentAccording to early reports, an armed student in College Park, GA seems to have saved the lives of  a bunch of his friends.  It’s pretty clear from the reporting so far that he kept a bunch of them from being robbed and raped.  Here’s the scoop:

Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment for a birthday party after two masked men with guns burst in through a patio door.

“They just came in and separated the men from the women and said, ‘Give me your wallets and cell phones,’” said George Williams of the College Park Police Department.

Bailey said the gunmen started counting bullets. “The other guy asked how many (bullets) he had. He said he had enough,” said Bailey.

That’s when one student grabbed a gun out of a backpack and shot at the invader who was watching the men. The gunman ran out of the apartment.The student then ran to the room where the second gunman, identified by police as 23-year-old Calvin Lavant, was holding the women.

“Apparently the guy was getting ready to rape his girlfriend. So he told the girls to get down and he started shooting. The guy jumped out of the window,” said Bailey.

A neighbor heard the shots and heard someone running nearby. “And I heard someone say, ‘Someone help me. Call the police. Somebody call the police,’” said a neighbor.

The neighbor said she believes it was Lavant, who was found dead near his apartment, only one building away.

Bailey said he is just thankful one student risked his life to keep others alive.“I think all of us are really cognizant of the fact that we could have all been killed,” said Bailey.

One female student was shot several times during the crossfire. She is expected to make a full recovery.

An immediate question is why there are only two news stories (at this moment)  covering the issue so far.  If the thugs had been successful in their plans, the story would be headlined all over the national news.  Why aren’t they covering the hero who stopped a potential travesty?

Also, I still want to know why Sarah Brady and most Democrats keep trying to pass laws which would have made it impossible for these kids in Georgia to defend themselves.

Cost of a bullet: $0.41

Cost of a trial and incarceration: in the millions

Message sent to community when citizens are armed and ready to defend themselves: PRICELESS!

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10 Comments

  1. [...] that way, in a story that, as Stephen Gordon notes, you won’t hear much about on the national news. Bailey said he thought it was the end of [...]

    Pingback by The Crossed Pond » Second Amendment Hero in Georgia? — May 6, 2009 @ 9:37 am
  2. [...] H/T: My prolific co-blogger Stephen Gordon @ The Liberty Papers [...]

    Pingback by Below The Beltway » Blog Archive » A Second Amendment Hero In Georgia ? — May 6, 2009 @ 10:33 am
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    Pingback by Armed Hero Saves the Day « Libertas Per Veritas — May 6, 2009 @ 11:17 am
  4. I’m damn proud to be a Georgian right now! Georgia’s gun laws have a long way to go, but they’re nowhere near as bad as many other states, and we’re a “Stand your ground” state as well, which this student took full advantage of.

    My hat’s off to him! Make America safer one bullet at a time ;)

    Comment by Tom Knighton — May 6, 2009 @ 1:45 pm
  5. [...] personal protection each year by using a firearm to protect himself and his friends. Stephen Gordon has the story and wonders why only two stories have been run in this instance about the use of a firearm to [...]

    Pingback by Local Second Amendment success story | East Metro Atlanta Libertarian Party — May 6, 2009 @ 3:14 pm
  6. How appropriate that this story comes after the last one.

    Comment by Justin Bowen — May 6, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
  7. Question 1: Did this happen in a university apartment complex?

    Question 2: If so, does Georgia allow guns on campuses?

    Question 3: If not, is the student going to be expelled?

    Question 4: Regardless of the answers to questions 1-3, how long will it be before the student is charged with a crime?

    Comment by Justin Bowen — May 6, 2009 @ 3:37 pm
  8. 1: I don’t know
    2: No…yet anyways
    3: I don’t know this one either
    4: Georgia is a stand your ground state, so probably not. Not much legal leg to stand on.

    Comment by Tom Knighton — May 7, 2009 @ 1:38 am
  9. “Cost of a bullet: 0.41.”

    Well, at least for the present.

    What will it cost in 2011? Any guesses?

    There is currently a 4-6 week time lag on online orders, due to these type of items being chronically “out of stock.” Online is the only method of purchase I have time to do, so I just have to be patient. I do not have the time to stop by the local Bass Pro on a DAILY basis to try to catch them on the day they happen receive a shipment. All handgun ammo such as .357, 38sp, and 9mm, sells out the DAY it arrives in stores. At least here in S. Florida.

    Which isn’t even Redneck Cracker, Jeebusville, Arkansas, so go figure.

    This non-stop run on ammo has been going on unabated, for months, ever since the election. I can only wonder when it will let up.

    Comment by southernjames — May 7, 2009 @ 6:28 am
  10. I am interested to know why you used the word “travesty” to describe this incident.

    travesty – An exaggerated or grotesque imitation, such as a parody of a literary work.

    Is there something more to the story?

    Comment by Sendarius — May 12, 2009 @ 6:42 pm

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