Gunsmoker posted this over at PDO but for some reason neglected to post it here, so I have copied it here and posted it for him. These two men were members of the church of Christ on Gordon Road in Moreland, the congregation where my family attends church. This happened a long time ago (1990), but the cretins who committed the murder were only arrested more recently.
A Gun In Your Home
Here at Packing.org we often hear, "be polite, but be prepared--have a plan on how to kill everyone you meet." Or something like that. Well here's an example of how that advice would have served a man and his adult son well. Had they followed it, they may have lived.
And we often debate the merits of different guns in different calibers. We would all agree that a tricked-out AR-15 rifle makes a better defensive weapon than a .380 pistol, right? Well some people don't like the 5.56mm round. Okay, well EVERYBODY would agree a shotgun beats a .380, right? But in this case, the victims were killed a burglar with a .380, and then the burglar stole the victim's long guns. Why? Because the burglar remembered the first rule of winning a gunfight-- BRING A GUN! HAVE IT WITH YOU !!! The victims had their guns somewhere in their house, but not in their hands, therefore doing them no good whatsoever. And they did not bother to arm themselves before going to check out that suspicious vehicle in their driveway, thus when they came face-to-face with the bad guys, they were immediately captured (and quickly executed by the thugs).
Anyhow, this is just a reminder. The deadliest battle weapon in your gun safe or in your closet is no substitute for the small gun that you wear, carry, or keep within easy reach at all times.
The burglary of the Rainwater home and murders of Joe Rainwater and George Rainwater were committed in Coweta County in 1990, but this case is in the news today because the Georgia Supreme Court just upheld the conviction of one of the bad guys. (And no, he didn't get the death penalty, although we can hope he gets raped in the prison shower and later dies from AIDS, I suppose....)
Here's the citation: Denny v. State, S06A1252, decided 10/16/2006.