A family in Grand Junction, Colorado discovered how just the mere sight of a gun is sometimes enough to scare off young men with bad intentions.
It was at night and the father had been at work when his wife and their two daughters came to pick him up. On the drive home, there appeared a carload of young men driving erratically through traffic. The man’s wife was driving, and she became scared as the erratic car moved closer.
The father honked the horn at the other car, hoping that they would just move on, but they didn’t. At that point, they became even more dangerous, swerving at the family’s car, nearly hitting them. Then they slowed down and got behind the family’s car, flashing their headlights and acting as if they were going to rear-end the car.
With a scared wife, and two daughters in the car, the father just wanted to get away from the young men. He told his wife to pull over into a shopping center to let them get far ahead before they continued home. So his wife pulled the car over; and the other car followed.
Upon stopping, the father retrieved his pistol from the glove box and immediately told his wife to call 911. She explained to the 911 operator what was happening, making sure to also inform authorities that her husband was armed, as the father stepped out of the car.
Four young men rushed out of the other car and began shouting obscenities at the family as they walked closer. The father then racked the slide on his pistol and chambered a round.
Seeing and hearing a loaded gun being carried by a protective father was enough for them. All four men quickly got back into their car and sped away.
When law enforcement arrived, the family gave them a complete account of what happened, along with a description of the vehicle and a license plate number. The same car had already been reported by other drivers that same night.
Some time later, police pulled the car over and the young men were all arrested on outstanding warrants and possession of methamphetamine.
The father explained that he has used a gun for self-defense a total of four times. Two times shots were fired, two times they were not. Sometimes, the mere sight of a gun or the sound of a round being chambered is enough to have not so smart criminals come to their senses quite quickly.
This is yet another story where a gun was used in self-defense, but no shots were ever even fired. Because of this, it will likely be left out of self-defense statistics, thus swaying those statistics towards an anti-gun agenda.
This story is not “news” by media standards and certainly not by internet standards. This story happened in 2004. The father is Richard Hodo.
Richard refuses to let himself or his family become victims and believes in the basic human right of self-defense. He is the face of America. He is the face of the Second Amendment. He is the face of gun owners in America.
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