So he told the intruders he wasn't feeling well and needed to sit down. The elderly man was then able to get to his gun and fired a shot at Howard, said Hall. That shot missed, so Colley fired again, this time wounding Howard, according to Hall.The anti-gun crowd will say that things would be better if no one had guns, but if these two criminals showed up with knives and forced their way in, Mr. Colley would not be able to defend himself, and it is not unlikely that both he and Mrs. Colley would be dead. (Assurances that the thieves would leave the couple alive if they did nothing are little more than wishful thinking.)
The anti-gun crowd will say that it is terrible that it is shame a 39-year-old man is dead. I think it is a shame that law-abiding citizens were held hostage in their own home, that an 84-year-old man was shot in the leg, and that he will have to live with the emotional distress of having killed another human being, but I don't think it is a shame that he defended himself, and his wife. I don't think it is a shame that one outlaw is dead, and another is in jail.
Hat tip to Keep and Bear Arms.