Cleveland Home Invasion Shows Need For High Capacity Magazines
By Bob Owens
December 14, 2016
A home owner in Cleveland managed to go at least two-for-three against a trio of armed home invaders Monday, night sending one fleeing for his life, one to the hospital, and another one to the morgue.
One person is dead, another injured and a third person missing after a home invasion in Cleveland early Monday.
The 911 Communications Center received a call on Monday at 12:01 a.m. regarding shots fired at Springbrook Apartments, 2360 Blackburn Road.
Cleveland Police Department officers responded to apartment #93 where they found a deceased male, identified as Adam Johnson, 18.
It was later discovered that a male juvenile, who fled the scene, had also been shot during the altercation and was transported by a private vehicle to Tennova.
Witness statements assisted investigators in determining that a home invasion had occurred in apartment 93. During the invasion, three individuals, identified as Johnson, the male juvenile and an unidentified male, armed with handguns, forced entry into the apartment.
At some point during the incident, an occupant in apartment 93 shot Johnson and the male juvenile. The third suspect, fled the scene and is still being sought by police.
This home invasion is sadly far from unique.
Home invasion crews numbering 3-5 or even more suspects are relatively common, and in most of these instances, each and every suspect is armed with some kind of weapon, typically a handgun.
While shotguns are devastating at short range, they typically suffer from low on-board ammo capacity of 5-8 rounds, leaving a home owner in a precarious position when fighting a group of home invaders.
Handguns are much less powerful than shotguns. We’ve had two shootings we’ve covered at Bearing Arms this week where officers fired at suspects seven times and eight times (respectively) before the individual the officer fired upon went down. If it takes a moderately well-trained police officer 7 or 8 shots to knock down a perceived threat, then how many rounds do you think you may need to defeat an entire home invasion crew composed of 3-5 individuals?
Suddenly, those standard capacity magazines holding 15-19 bullets common to many handguns don’t look like they’re carrying any extra ammunition. The 30-round magazines common to many carbines seems incredibly reasonable when you look at the context of an individual fighting to defend his family against an entire home invasion crew.
Firearms designers built the guns they did with the magazine capacities they chose to suit a specific purpose.
Maybe, just maybe, busybody lawmakers should sit down, shut up, and stop acting like they know much of anything at all, when they clearly do not.