Should Las Vegas residents use guns to protect themselves?
If you talk to Mark Schwendener or the 72-year-old man who recently used their guns to protect themselves, they will likely tell you that it saved their lives.
Schwendener who lives in the Southwest Las Vegas, near Buffalo Drive and Sahara Ave, opened fire on Tamas Horvath, 40, who was armed and in his backyard.
Recalling the Saturday incident, he told 13 Action News that he just had a feeling that something was not right and grabbed his gun.
Horvath, a suspected bank robber from North Hills, California, was in the country illegally and had attempted to burglarize another home before being shot, and now faces multiple charges.
After robbing the bank of almost $7,000, he went to payday lender to pay off a title loan. There was reportedly a tracking device in the money but Horvath got away, ran through one house and was then shot by Schwendener.
In the second recent case, a 72-year-old homeowner, who lives in the Northwest part of Las Vegas, called 911 on Monday morning to say that three men were breaking into his home.
He then ran into his bedroom to get his gun and, in order to protect himself, shot at the intruders as they entered his bedroom.
The intruders fled the home.
When police arrived, they found one down dead intruder in the homeowner’s backyard. Another suspect was taken into custody while trying to flee in a car and the third suspect is still on the loose.
Both homeowners will not face charges.
The right to bear arms, our constitutional right, has long been a controversial issue, especially in light of the well-publicized school massacres.
Because some maladjusted, troubled children committed horrendous crimes using guns, there are many calls to place further restrictions on gun ownership.
Isn’t that the same thing as saying that because some people are sex offenders that every American Citizen must face the same restrictions as a convicted sex offender, such as not being allowed to live near schools?
Of course not. That is simply ludicrous!
Yes, there needs to be better controls implemented, however owning guns is a constitutional right and for those of us who are well-trained in using legal firearms, they can and often do help law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.
If you have any information regarding the suspect being sought, please contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Homicide division at 702-828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 702-285-5555.
You can also visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com to report information anonymously online