Sooner State Shootouts Leave Armed Robber Dead, Burglar Injured

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Oklahoma is one of the most Second Amendment-friendly states around, with Constitutional Carry the law of the land, an anti-red flag law on the books, and a Second Amendment Sanctuary designation that applies statewide. As you might expect, the Sooner State is also home to plenty of gun owners, and over the past couple of days at least two of them have had to use their firearms in self-defense.

The first situation took place on Monday in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district just outside of the city’s downtown. Police say a would-be armed robber encountered an armed citizen instead of a compliant victim.

Police said the suspect approached two people, pulled out a gun, and demanded their property. According to the report, one of the victims then pulled out his own weapon and shot the alleged robber.

Officers quickly arrived on scene and began CPR on the suspect.

The suspect died at the scene.

While the original report didn’t contain many specifics, KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City is reporting that the attempted robbery happened near a popular movie theater in the entertainment district.

According to police, officers responded to a shooting just before 10 p.m. near the theater. Police learned that a man, later identified as 22-year-old Travis Prince, pointed a firearm at a 36-year-old man, attempting to rob him.

Police said that man then pulled out a firearm and fired multiple rounds, striking Prince, who died on the scene.

While the investigation continues, at this point there’s nothing to indicate that wasn’t a justifiable homicide. If someone is trying to rob you at gunpoint, you have the right to protect yourself, and that would appear to be the case here.

The same can be said for another defensive gun use southwest of Oklahoma City, although this one is a little more recent so again we don’t yet know all of the details. What we know right now is that a homeowner in Lawton, Oklahoma was able to prevent a suspected burglar from gaining entry to their home early Tuesday morning.

The Lawton Police Department went to 3319 NW Cache Road after an attempted burglary that happened just after midnight. According to LPD, a witness stated the homeowner heard someone trying to enter his house through the back door. After yelling at the burglar to leave, the homeowner shot the burglar after he entered the house.

According to KSWO, the burglar is “recovering” from his injuries, but there’s no word on his current condition.

I doubt that either of these defensive gun uses will pop up on the radar of the national news media, though to be fair it’s not exactly a slow news day in Washington, D.C., what with Joe Biden deciding that, no matter how many Americans may still be on the ground in Afghanistan, we’re leaving on August 31st. But while the president may be willing to bend the knee to the Taliban, it’s good to know that there are Americans here at home who are refusing to be victimized by violent criminals and are prepared to protect and defend themselves from those who would do them harm.

Oct 21, 2021 9:30 PM ET
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