Home Invaders Thought Disabled Vet Was an Easy Target – He Grabs a .45 and Proves Them Wrong

December 8 2014
by GSL Staff
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A Vietnam veteran who is disabled and uses a walker to get around thinks he was targeted in a recent home invasion because the suspects thought he was an easy mark.

According to the Gaston Gazette:

Sapienza, a Marine Corps veteran who served four years in Vietnam, was watching television in his bed at 7:42 p.m. at his home on Davis Avenue. He heard someone prying off the lock and pulling the nails to the latch out of his front door.

He grabbed his .45-caliber handgun, put it in a holster on his walker and began shuffling toward the sound. He flipped a hallway light on, yelled out to announce he was armed, and yanked open the door to see two men wearing ski masks.

They jumped off his porch and practically tripped over one another trying to flee, Sapienza said.

Sapienza left a note for any would-be robbers who might follow up on his door. It read:

To Whom it May Concern:

I see you tried to break in, took my lock off my door. That’s OK, you try to break in my house again, I will be waiting on you.

Enter at your own risk.

This incident is the most common type of defensive gun use. That is, one in which no shots were fired and no one was hurt. Despite this being the most common type of defensive gun use, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

This is the 50th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of North Carolina and the 1,361st defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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