How many times have you heard gun control fanatics argue that all assault weapons should be banned. Many claim that there is no real reason that any law-abiding citizens would ever had need of an assault or assault-style weapon. Of course, many of these same anti-2nd Amendment fanatics also want bans placed on all handguns, large capacity magazines and more.

There are ample accounts of law-abiding homeowners using their handguns, rifles and shotguns to defend their home and loved ones. Just a few days ago, I reported:

“While watching nature programs, we’ve witnessed mother wildebeests attacking a pride of hungry African lions to protect her calf. We’ve seen videos of a mother elk attacking a pack of wolves to protect her calf. Many mothers will risk their lives to defend their young ones and humans are no different.”

“That’s what happened in Miami Gardens, Florida, recently when an as yet unidentified intruder tried to break into a house. What he didn’t count on was a mother determined to protect herself and her two kids, but he quickly found out she meant business. As the man broke into the home, he was confronted by a mom, who does not want to be named, carrying a shotgun. She was not going to let anything happen to her two kids, 3-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. Looking down the barrel of the shotgun scared the intruder quickly fled the scene in a stolen Mercedes.”

We also reported about 18-year-old Sarah McKinley of Oklahoma City. In 2011, her young husband died from cancer on Christmas Day, just a few months after the birth of their son. On the day of her husband’s funeral, Sarah was visited by a young man who claimed to be a neighbor that just wanted to stop by and say hello.  She did not let him in her house as she did not know him.

On New Year’s Eve, the same young man, 24-year-old Justin Martin returned to Sarah’s house and wanted in. This time, Justin was accompanied by a friend, Dustin Stewart and a 12-inch-long hunting knife. Fortunately, Sarah’s doors were locked as the two men tried to enter the house, but could not.

Instead of leaving, they continued to knock on the door, try the door knob and then proceeded to check other doors and windows. Sarah quickly went to the bedroom, put a baby bottle in her son’s mouth, grabbed her 12-gauge shotgun and handgun and then called 911.

When speaking to 911, she asked if she was allowed to shoot an intruder since it was just her and her baby home alone. The operator said they could not give that permission but that she did need to use whatever means necessary to protect her son and herself.

Sarah shouted out to the would-be intruders that she had a shotgun, but that did not deter them. Eventually, Martin kicked in Sarah’s door and went after her with the hunting knife in his hand. In an act of self-preservation, Sarah fired her 12-gauge shotgun, dropping Martin in his tracks. Martin’s accomplice, Dustin Stewart fled the scene, but later turned himself in to police.

Those are only a few examples to thwart the arguments of anti-gun fanatics who want guns out of the hands of the American people. Now we have a similar case to use against the argument used for wanting to ban all assault weapons.

At a home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, a suburb on the southeast corner of the Tulsa metropolitan area, three really unfortunate criminals decided to break into a home with the intent of burglarizing it. According to the Wagoner County Sheriff’s office, the three men entered through a glass back door. They encountered the homeowner’s 19-year-old son, armed with an AR-15. After an exchange of words and failure to leave the home, the son, fearing for his safety and protecting his home, opened fire on the three intruders. When police arrived on the scene they found two of the burglars dead on the kitchen floor and the third was dead in the driveway.

In this case, having an assault weapon proved vital in the protection of the son and the home. Without having a gun with the rapid-fire capability that the AR-15 had, it’s possible that at least one of the three men may have been able to reach the son before he had opportunity to shoot all of them.

With the rise of more gang activity and home invasions by more than one intruder, weapons like AR-15 assault rifles have a very useful and functional role in self and home defense, and therefore destroying the argument to have them all banned.