Folks, allow me to pass along a little advice.

Thomas "Pincushion" McGowan was arrested after he was stabbed with a spear.
Thomas “Pincushion” McGowan was arrested after he was stabbed with a spear.

If you’re going to get drunk and then go for a drive in your car that you just reported stolen, get involved in a police chase, wreck your car, and then decide that your next brilliant move is to break into a home… well, maybe you need to pick your “victim” with a little more care.

For example, you might not want to pick the home of a man who enjoys training to turn other people into kabobs.

Jimmy Morgan Jr. displays some of his skill for KFDX news crew as he recounts the incident.
Jimmy Morgan Jr. displays some of his skill for KFDX news crew as he recounts the incident.

Jimmy Morgan Jr., is a medieval weapons enthusiast involved in armored heavy combat with the Society for Creative Anachronism, where combat participants don armor and attempt to recreate fighting styles of the Middle Ages and Renaissance with blunted weapons, but at full-speed and near full-force. Perhaps some participants content themselves with owning just the training weapons that they use in person-on-person combat, but more than a few admit to having very lethal versions of those same weapons… as the drunk driving, home invading Thomas McGowan found out the hard way in an incredible encounter that Morgan repeats with barely disguised glee:

Morgan Jr. says McGowan entered his home through a window.

Morgan Jr. says he reached for the spear which he keeps close to his bed.

“This door is open within five seconds, probably within three seconds; this door was open and he was standing no more than two to three feet away from me,” Morgan Jr. says. “I looked at him, I didn’t see any weapons however I was terrified.”

Morgan Jr. says he was able to stab McGowan once.

He says McGowan was lucky to deflect the spear which only injured his hand and shoulder.

He says, “He started retreating and I started advancing and I was stalking him here, you never cross your legs, and I cornered him right here.”

In addition, he says, “The door was locked and shut. He was panicked at this point. He said, ‘I can’t get out, I can’t get out’.”

Morgan Jr. says after fumbling with the door McGowan was able to get outside.

“As he was running, he smeared blood from here to high heaven and he splattered here and he splattered there and splattered all over there. It was like a deer,” Morgan Jr. says.

Also, Morgan Jr. says he defended himself using what he has learned through a personal hobby.

“It’s called the SCA. It’s a medieval fighting and we do use spears and swords and things of that nature. I don’t have a firearm so I have a short spear, very quick, very agile and very deadly,” Morgan Jr. says.

He says, “I am a Christian man and I don’t want to take life, however I want to make sure that he understands that his life was mine to take. I let him have it.”

Thomas McGowan left more than a little DNA evidence at the scene.
Thomas McGowan left more than a little DNA evidence at the scene.

Make sure that you watch the video, at least once.

Tenche Coxe was one of our Founding Fathers and a delegate to the Continental Congress who a was a fierce  anti-Federalist and a supporter of the Second Amendment who perhaps has the perfect quote to round out this story (our bold).

The power of the sword, say the minority…, is in the hands of Congress. My friends and countrymen, it is not so, for The powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of Americans. The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments but where, I trust in God, it will always remain, in the hands of the people.

–The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

[Yes, this isn’t technically a “guns saving lives” story, but we don’t have a “spears saving lives” section.]

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