Jose Ledezma rang the bell of a random house in the 1400 block of 17th Avenue in Melrose Park, IL. He pushed his way inside when the 53-year-old husband and father answered the door at 5:45 a.m. Ledezma, 22, was armed with a BB gun that looked like a real handgun, an ax, a hunting knife and a stick that looked like a police baton, said Assistant State’s Attorney Maureen O’Brien. He first robbed the family, which also included the wife and two daughters, ages 7 and 10, in the living room. O’Brien said Ledezma then forced the family down into the basement and forced them to strip naked. He then locked the parents and the younger daughter in a bathroom and sexually assaulted the older daughter. For this crime, Jose Ledezma was recently sentenced to 28 years in prison. More information here.In the above situation, and countless others, innocent people have been harmed by the action of a criminal. Had there been an armed, law abiding citizen in the area, tragedy may very well have been averted. Americans use guns for self defense every 13 seconds, and that is perhaps the best reason to have a gun. These people are certainly glad they had a gun for self defense.
August 27th, 2008 at 1:59 pm