Last week I saw a tweet from a muscular 20-something martial arts fan in Washington D.C. who haughtily said that guns are for “losers.” He asserted that a “real man” could handle an opponent with empty hands.

That’s great… if you are young, healthy, trained in martial arts, and only face a single unarmed opponent willing to play by your dojo-approved rules.

In the real world, where bad guys aren’t interested in fighting fair, Mr. Ego wouldn’t fair so well.

Bad guys set up ambushes. Thugs attack in numbers, and with weapons, attempting to overwhelm their victims before they can prepare themselves to fight. Many times these crude tactics work.

These tactics don’t work all the time, however, because some people refuse to be victims.

A suspected robber is on the run and three others are in the hospital after a homeowner opened fire this afternoon.

“Almost like fire crackers but louder,” said neighbor Felicia White.

According to police, three men went into a home on the 6900 block of Rolling Creek Lane and attacked the homeowner. They said one of the men stole something from his house during the struggle before the homeowner grabbed a gun.

Neighbors reported hearing five gun shots. Police said that bullets hit all three suspected robbers. They said the suspects jumped into a Silver Dodge Avenger driven by a fourth man, and that the suspects stopped at an intersection by nearby Duncanville High School.

The three men who suffered gunshot wounds were arrested and taken to the hospital.

If the homeowner had not been able to acquire his firearm, how do you think this three-on-one attack would have panned out?

I’m going to guess it would have wound up with the homeowner seriously injured or killed, with four criminals on the loose.

Because the homeowner was armed, he survived, and three injured criminals are facing criminals charges.