More lives saved in the Buckeye State thanks to firearms ownership

Two recent incidents in Ohio are the latest examples of how guns are often used to save lives.

From the Facebook page of Lawrence Co., OH Sheriff Jeff Lawless:

And from WCMH (NBC Columbus):

Dispatchers received a 911 call from a man who says he shot someone who was assaulting him Saturday evening.

Columbus police officers responded to the shooting in the 60 block of Hilliard Rome Road at about 6:20 p.m. Saturday.

According to police, the shooting victim, 50-year-old Duane E. Bircher [and] Dale P. Stump, 57, appeared to have been involved in a altercation.

A search warrant indicates Bircher allegedly drove to Stump's home on Hilliard Rome Road in his blue Chevy El Camino, entered Stump's home through an unlocked door, and began assaulting Stump while he was in bed. Stump produced a handgun and struck Bircher with it.

The altercation appeared to be over, but then Bircher moved to assault Stump a second time. Stump fired a warning shot into the floor and told Bircher to leave his home, at which time Bircher moved to put Stump into a head lock, punching him. Stump then shot Bircher once in the chest, according to police.

Bircher then left the scene in his vehicle and Stump called 911 to report the incident.

Bircher's vehicle was located by officers on Beacon Hill Road near Mount Carmel West Hospital. He was transported to Grant Medical Center and pronounced dead at 7:50 p.m.

Police say Stump had injuries consistent with self defense.

According to the article, police say Stump remained on scene and cooperated with detectives. He was later transported to Columbus police headquarters to be questioned but he has not been arrested at this time.

Under Ohio's Castle Doctrine law, if someone unlawfully enters or attempts to enter an occupied home or temporary habitation, or occupied car, citizens have an initial presumption that they may act in self defense, and will not be second-guessed by the State.

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, and BFA PAC Vice Chairman.

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