Police in Wake Forest, North Carolina say a homeowner who shot and killed a man trying to break into his home on Monday morning will not face charges after determining the armed citizen was acting in self-defense.
It’s one of at least two defensive gun uses in the Wake Forest area in the past week, including an incident in a grocery store parking lot over the weekend that involved a licensed concealed carry holder coming to the defense of two strangers who were being shot at in what police are calling a domestic altercation.
The most recent involved a homeowner shooting and killing an intruder at their home along Abercrombie Drive early Monday morning.
Police tell us at around 3:20 a.m., 34-year old Steven Contestable of Raleigh was attempting to break into the home when he was confronted by a homeowner, who is a legal gun owner. According to a press release, the homeowner gave repeated warnings before shooting Contestable, who police say had broken several panes of glass while trying to get inside.
Contestable died of his injuries. The homeowner, who has not been identified, has not been charged with any crime.
On Saturday, WFPD responded to another shooting in the parking lot of a grocery store on Capital Boulevard.
Two people told officers that a man, identified as Mirza Zukanovic, shot at them following a domestic-related altercation.
A bystander, who witnessed the shooting and is licensed to carry, fired his handgun at Zukanovic who then left the scene, police said in a news release.
Investigators said there were no reports of injuries.
A short while later, officers said they responded to a crash involving Zukanovic along Stadium Drive.
Zukanovic was taken into custody and charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm in the city limits, driving while impaired, no operator’s license, failure to wear a seatbelt, and failure to maintain lane control.
Local television station WTVD displayed a touch of anti-gun bias in its reporting, labeling the two defensive gun uses as well as a third shooting in which defensive gun use wasn’t a factor as examples of “gun violence”. The station also reached out to a local gun control activist for comment, which is where things got really weird.
“I think the fact that these were incidents that were basically right next door, a lot of people are talking about that. And a lot of people are becoming aware that more guns don’t necessarily make us safer. And we need to address that situation,” said Liz Arnold, the Community Outreach Chair for the Wake County Chapter of Moms Demand Action.
I hate to break it to Liz, but these are pretty good examples of guns making us safer, not the other way around. Who knows what would have happened to the homeowner had he not been armed and prepared to defend himself from a late-night intruder? And the people who were allegedly shot at by Zukanovic could easily have been killed along with unsuspecting bystanders were it not for the quick action taken by the concealed carry holder to protect the lives of strangers.
Does Arnold truly believe that these folks would have been better off without either a gun of their own or the aid of an armed citizen? Maybe so, but if that’s the case then she’s just conclusively demonstrated that there’s nothing “reasonable” about her stance on gun ownership at all.
The gun control movement is not about moderation. It’s not about “common sense”. It’s about (to quote Gabby Giffords) no more guns, starting with legal gun owners like the pair who demonstrated the value and importance of our Second Amendment rights at home and in public in Wake Forest over the past few days.