Just before 4 a.m. on 16 September, 2016, in Georgia, Gwinnet County a courageous Chinese immigrant drove off three home invaders. It was all captured on surveillance video. The event went viral; not in the United States, but in China. Chen Fengzu gave this interview to China Central Television.
From China Central Television 1 minute, 42 seconds. Here are the captions:
I didn't have any choice, so I had to take out the gun I'd hid there.
Then I loaded my pistol and walked out of my bedroom.
I shot at the Invaders when I saw them.
One of them fled quickly, and another one ran away from the front door.
Then I shot again, the one inside my home also broke the glass on the back door and ran away.
I did not feel scared at that moment.
and all I thought about was how to handle the situation.
First I chose to call 911.
I called on the phone while I took out the pistol.
But my phone call could not get through.
So I had to open fire on them while calling 911.
Police took off the Burglars's clothes and attempted to resuscitate him for about 15 to 20 minutes.
and then they told me they had failed to save him.
Link to Video
The surveillance video captured the action. Some things stand out from the reporting of this case.
First, that Chen Fengzu, (last name first in Chinese usage) received some warning from her store assistant, who was in a separate bedroom. He yelled "No Money", which likely alerted her to the robbers.
Second, she had to load her pistol. She only loaded it with a few rounds, and ended up shooting the pistol dry, which can be seen in the second video.
Third, you do not need to be a practiced pistol shooter to be effective with a pistol. Fengzu had been given the pistol less than a month ago, from her husband. She had only shot it once. Good tactics and good shooting ability will give accomplished shooters an edge, but pistols are made to be ergonomic. Some say, "the original point and click" interface. Fengzu did very well for a novice shooter.
Link to video of action
The impact of this video and several other incidents has been substantial. Many Chinese immigrants are now arming themselves and becoming fans of the Second Amendment.
"For Americans, gun ownership is in their blood. It's part of the culture and part of their identity. For most Chinese, however, it's not something they're naturally interested in. But it's becoming not safe to not have a gun," said Li Ran, one of 10 co-founders of the club, which began in 2013 after the group originally met through an online forum to talk about their shared interest in shooting.This home invasion did not go well for the invaders. One was killed. It is likely the other was wounded. It was all over long before emergency responders could reach the scene.
The pistol Fengzu used appears to be an S&W SD9VE. It has a 16 shot magazine. It has been reported that Fengzu only loaded six rounds in it, but it appears to me that she shot 8 or 9 times in the video.
I suspect that she will load more rounds in the future, or load another magazine.
Chen Fengzu is a heroine, and serves as an example of courage and determination in action to all of us.
©2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.
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