Originally published March 12 2013
Teen boy thwarts kidnapping plot using handgun
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) When was the last time you saw a major news outlet - newspaper, television, cable news program, etc. - carry a pro-Second Amendment story? If you're having trouble recalling, don't worry about it, because you are not alone; you are more likely to see a unicorn before the national MSM bothers to prominently carry a story about Americans using a firearm for self-defense.
That said, thank goodness for local news reporting; otherwise, most of us would never know about the acts of courage demonstrated by ordinary Americans who utilize their right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and their loved ones.
The Galveston County Daily News reported March 7 that a teenage boy in Webster, Texas, who had been bound by two men who invaded his home managed to grab a gun and send them fleeing "in an incident...that police said involved two sexual assaults and an abandoned murder plot," Houston station KHOU reported.
Boy gets free, boy gets gun, attackers get out
From the paper:
The incident began about 4:30 a.m. when two men entered the home and held three residents hostage. During the home invasion, police accused one man, described only as white, of sexually assaulting two women.
The suspects, whom police have subsequently identified as Charles Allen Jacobson III, 33, and James Ellis Barnett, 56, bound the three victims, stuffed them into a vehicle and drove them to a nearby field. Once there, according to police, Jacobson gave Barnett a handgun and told him to kill the three hostages, but the latter refused to do so.
At that time, the men drove their three hostages back to the family home in Webster to try to dispose of evidence. At that point, according to Police Chief Ray Smiley, "the male juvenile victim was able to get free and arm himself with a handgun which the family had. He then confronted the suspects, who fled the scene."
The police report said Barnett hopped in Jacobson's pickup truck and drove away while Jacobson attempted to conceal himself in tall grass at a nearby house under construction, but he was soon apprehended by neighbors and police who managed to chase him down. Barnett, meanwhile, was later stopped and arrested after the truck he was driving was spotted outside a convenience store.
Two more thugs off the street because a boy had a gun
Jacobson will face two counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of aggravated kidnapping, while his partner, Barnett, was charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of aggravated robbery.
Despite the gravity of the story and the huge potential impact it could have on national debates about public safety, you won't see this story picked up by CNN, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, MSNBC, the Washington Post, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times or other major outlets, most likely, because such stories support a pro-gun, pro-Second Amendment agenda - something the editors-in-chief of these "news" organizations don't.
Infowars.com notes it only picked up on the story because the site's founder and mentor, radio host Alex Jones, happened to be vacationing in Galveston with his family and saw it published in the local paper.
"Imagine how many stories similar to this one occur across the country every week and yet the vast majority of people never hear about it," the websites said. "That's because the establishment media habitually fails to highlight examples where a firearm is used in self-defense to prevent a crime."
You'll never hear the MSM say, 'more guns, less crime'
That is so true. But some researchers, including Dr. Gary Kleck, have conducted thousands of hours of research to provide an accurate picture of just how often Americans use a firearm to protect themselves, not to kill indiscriminately.
In 1993, Kleck, a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University in Tallahassee, conducted a survey in which he discovered that Americans use guns to protect themselves as often as 2.5 million times per year (and keep in mind, that was 20 years ago).
Other researchers have found similar results, such as John Lott, Jr., an economist and author of the book, "More Guns, Less Crime." According to his research (his book has been updated a number of times), the more guns that are in the hands of law-abiding citizens, the fewer crimes that are committed.
Needless to say, you won't hear this in the MSM.
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