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TN:16-Year-old Girl has Gun Snatched after She Stops Burglary
Gun Watch ^ | 2 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten

Posted on 08/02/2013 7:46:04 AM PDT by marktwain



An unusual case in Tennessee shows the utility of guns for home defense, as well as the danger of pursuing criminals alone.  A 16-year-old girl used her mothers pistol to prevent a criminal from entering the house. From  WKRN:

Harvell eventually tried entering through one of the home's windows, that's when Davasha Chambers, 16, grabbed her mother's pistol and pointed it at him as he was halfway through the window. 
 The criminal left, and then is when the young woman made a tactical error.  She not only pursued the home invader, but she allowed him to get too close to her with the following result.

 While outside, Harvell snatched the gun and Chamber's cell phone from her and took off in a car.

"He took the gun pointed it at us and told us to get in the house," Chambers recalled. 
 Fortunately, the burglar did not shoot the brave girl.  Criminals are at a disadvantage because they do not know if or when the police will arrive, and the entire weight of the criminal justice system is against them if they commit murder.   A citizen, however, in most states, has the law in their favor if they are acting in defense of self or home.

It is very rare that a criminal snatches a gun from a home defender, but it does happen.  It is even more rare that a criminal actually shoots the defender with their own gun.   It appears to be much more common for the innocent citizen to snatch a gun from a criminal and shoot them with it.

In this case, the police captured the criminal a short time later and recovered the pistol and the cell phone.  Harvell has a long criminal history at age 21.


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TOPICS: Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; child; guncontrol; invasion; secondamendment; tn
It is a common mistake to get too close to someone who is held at gun point. Action beats reaction, so the first to decide to act has the advantage.
1 posted on 08/02/2013 7:46:04 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

The young lady needs to study Tuco’s Law.


2 posted on 08/02/2013 7:51:58 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("When there is no penalty for failure, failures proliferate." George F. Will)
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To: marktwain
It's a sad commentary that when I first saw the headline "TN:16-Year-old Girl has Gun Snatched after She Stops Burglary", I thought that the gun had been snatched by the police as part of the investigation/post burglary retribution and that her parents better buy her a new one.

I didn't even consider the idea of the burglar snatching it.

3 posted on 08/02/2013 7:57:15 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: NonValueAdded

I have used Tuco’s example numerous times in my classes. Movie examples work well, because most people have seen them.


4 posted on 08/02/2013 7:57:28 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: KarlInOhio; All

“I didn’t even consider the idea of the burglar snatching it.”

It is very rare. I read of it happening every few years. I read of victims snatching guns from criminals and using it on them several times a year.


5 posted on 08/02/2013 8:04:54 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain
She also needs to understand gun laws.
Shoot an invader in your home - good.
Run after an invader and (attempt to) shoot or threaten him - not good.
It's much harder to claim self defense in the second case.
Not impossible but it's a much steeper uphill battle and outcome far from certain.
Especially if you're 16 and not supposed to have unsupervised access to guns at all.

6 posted on 08/02/2013 8:06:11 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: marktwain
I always wondered what happened to Arsenio Hall.
7 posted on 08/02/2013 8:09:08 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: BitWielder1; All

“Especially if you’re 16 and not supposed to have unsupervised access to guns at all.”

I do not believe that is the case in Tennessee.

However, there is a federal law that requires that you have written parental approval to have a pistol in your possession if you are under the age of 18.

I bet Eric Holder will not prosecute the parent(s) of this girl for violation of that law.


8 posted on 08/02/2013 8:15:14 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: KarlInOhio
I didn't even consider the idea of the burglar snatching it.

Same here.

9 posted on 08/02/2013 8:16:02 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: marktwain
I bet Eric Holder will not prosecute the parent(s) of this girl for violation of that law.

Because she's black?

10 posted on 08/02/2013 8:21:40 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: marktwain
Davasha Chambers, 16, grabbed her mother's pistol and pointed it at him as he was halfway through the window...

Feets don' fail me now!

11 posted on 08/02/2013 8:28:29 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: IYAS9YAS

Not to be nitpicky, but how is this guy a burglar when people are in the house and threatened? Once this idiot knew people were in the house and proceeded to enter, doesn’t that make him a “robber?”


12 posted on 08/02/2013 8:34:23 AM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: marktwain

Presuming she didn’t go outside with the gun holstered, she had it taken away because she was unwilling to pull the trigger. Joe Biden tactics don’t work.


13 posted on 08/02/2013 8:48:34 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Sioux-san
Not to be nitpicky, but how is this guy a burglar when people are in the house and threatened? Once this idiot knew people were in the house and proceeded to enter, doesn’t that make him a “robber?”

Yes, Robber would be correct.

14 posted on 08/02/2013 8:57:45 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: IYAS9YAS

“Not to be nitpicky, but how is this guy a burglar when people are in the house and threatened? Once this idiot knew people were in the house and proceeded to enter, doesn’t that make him a “robber?”

You are correct.


15 posted on 08/02/2013 9:08:47 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

citizens have the law on their side in defense of home or self...

tell that to george zimmerman.


16 posted on 08/02/2013 11:04:35 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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“citizens have the law on their side in defense of home or self...

tell that to george zimmerman.”

It is true that you always have to worry about political prosecutions (persecutions). It is also true that he was acquitted.

17 posted on 08/02/2013 12:39:38 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

21 feet!


18 posted on 08/02/2013 1:23:02 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Secret Agent Man; All
There was once a time when offering American citizens as sacrifices to the mob was unthinkable.

On another forum a businessman from Sanford Florida tried to convince me that arresting George Zimmerman, no matter how it was done, was a noble act because they didn't want a "mini L.A". This guy obviously sees himself as a good citizen, a pillar of the community, but he is really a gutless mewling coward and I wouldn't trust him further than I can spit.

19 posted on 08/02/2013 1:34:23 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: marktwain
He was saved by a crapshoot, and the grace of God's hand on the dice. Please don't get all confident because of the acquittal.

George still has a price on his head, and the mob still wants to burn Sanford to the ground.

I suspect that some Sanford city commissioners would shoot George Zimmerman if the mob threatened to break their windows.

20 posted on 08/02/2013 1:41:44 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: IYAS9YAS

From 21 feet an assailant in good physical condition has a good chance of getting to you before you can get off an effective shot. The closer he is the more risk you face.


21 posted on 08/02/2013 1:44:11 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: marktwain

it is also true he’s got a target on his back and the feds may still try to string him up for a federal civil suit (which I don’t believe they could win but just to slam him down further and bankrupt him even more).


22 posted on 08/02/2013 2:58:14 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
From 21 feet an assailant in good physical condition has a good chance of getting to you before you can get off an effective shot. The closer he is the more risk you face.

Good to see you back!

My response wasn't that I was surprised the girl got close enough for the Burlglar/Robber to snatch it. It was in agreement with KarlInOhio's statement about initially thinking it was the cops who took the gun from the girl, not the perp. Obviously that changed after reading the story, but still, it's sad that that was my first thought upon seeing the headline.

23 posted on 08/02/2013 3:01:23 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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