Regarding the tragic home invasion and murder of Annie Friesen, I find myself asking this question:
What if Ray Friesen hadn't had a gun? What if he'd solely depended on dialing 911 instead of shooting his wife's murderer?
My guess is that the murderous robber would still be alive and at large, and both of these elderly people would be dead -- killed by an unregistered knife!
This is yet another instance in which a handgun in the hand of a private citizen saved a life, and might have, had the circumstances been slightly different, saved two lives. There are literally thousands of such incidents in America every year, but you'd never know it to listen to the likes of the (Sarah) Brady Bunch.
I didn't know either Ray or Annie. But I mourn for Ray and his family, and will hold them in my prayers.
I'm just glad Ray's still alive and that the worthless scum who knifed poor Annie to death is dead.
And I challenge anyone who wants only the police to have guns to explain to me how Ray's not having and using a gun in this incident would have somehow been better for these poor folks.
Maybe someone could ask Sarah Brady, Senators Charles Schumer, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, or entertainers Barbra Streisand, Michael Douglas and Rosie O'Donnell, or UN honcho Kofi Annan, or any of the other pro-victim-disarmament, anti-Bill-of-Rights elites who want to ban citizen-owned handguns (except for their own personal, armed bodyguards, of course...)
As columnist Thomas Sowell put it: "Guns are completely inappropriate for the kind of sheep-like people the anointed envision or the orderly, prepackaged world in which they are to live. When you are in mortal danger, you are supposed to dial 911, so that the police can arrive on the scene some time later, identify your body and file reports in triplicate."
Founding Father Thomas Paine put it like this: "The supposed quietude of a good mans allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside...Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them..." (Thomas Paine, I Writings of Thomas Paine at 56 
T. J. Smith