There has been tons, I mean TONS, of reporting lately on the negative aspects of an armed citizen. Let us not forget the benefits of said armed citizens:
Henderson, N.C. — Police are investigating a fatal shooting Sunday at a Henderson home that appeared to result from a home invasion.
Deyon Durham, 24, of 279 Faulkner St., was found shot to death at 1221 Montgomery St. shortly after 7 a.m., police said.
The initial investigation suggests that Durham was breaking and entering at the home when the homeowner, whose name was not released, shot him.
I understand that the scene in Henderson remains a tragedy; a young man in the prime of his life has perished. But the home of an innocent citizen has been defended.
And, just like in the face of numerous other tragedies around the country, there is a back story that may have prevented the tragedy. In this case, how was Mr. Durham free in society?
Durham had convictions, starting in 2005, for indecent liberties with a minor, sexual battery, breaking and entering vehicles, larceny and failure to register as a sex offender, according to state Division of Adult Correction records.
In parallel to those tragedies that are gathering more media attention across America, this one could have been prevented by methods other than taking guns out of legal citizen’s hands. Perhaps, for example, by locking Mr. Durham up.