Using a firearm for self-defense shooting is way more common than people think, and this sheriff encourages training so you can protect yourself.
In April 2022, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson, during a press conference, said, “If somebody’s breaking into your house, you’re more than welcome to shoot them in Santa Rosa County, and we prefer that you do.”
This was after 32-year-old Brandon Harris, with 17 previous arrests, went on a string of home invasions in Florida.
An unidentified homeowner had shot at Harris during one of the break-ins, but the sheriff didn’t know who it was and offered the person a firearm safety class.
“Whoever that was, you’re not in trouble. Come see us. We have a gun safety class we put on every other Saturday, and if you take that, you’ll shoot a lot better, and hopefully you’ll save taxpayers’ money.”
Knowing when you can and can’t use your firearm in self-defense is important, and it’s not always legal if someone is breaking into your home. In most jurisdictions, you have to be in fear for your life or grave bodily harm. This article talks about the factors involved that justify the use of deadly force, which are ability, opportunity, and intent.
There was a lot less gun violence when they taught gun safety in schools, and you could have your rifle in the back window rack of your truck.
Maybe proper firearm training for the masses is the way to go.