Fighting back: Pennsylvania man shoots teens in self defense, one dead

And the other teens involved in this attack should be charged with murder since their intentional criminal act resulted in the death of one of their buddies.

This happened a week ago this morning, at 11 a.m.

The man was cycling on a trail in Reading, Pa., shortly before 11:00 am local time Wednesday morning, when a group of teens pushed him off the bicycle and two of them assaulted him, investigators said.

I find it a bit disturbing the Reading Eagle referred to the man as being “in custody” and a “suspect” in the original article, but at least they did not mention the man’s name.

The 65 year old then took out a handgun and shot them both, the Reading Eagle reported.

One of the teens — a 16 year old from Reading — was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:17 p.m. local time.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. Plainvillian on February 1, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Isn’t this a rational reaction to the wealth redistribution proposed by the youths?

    • stinkfoot on February 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      I think the youths as metaphors for wealth redistribution is fitting- particularly considering the manner in which the bicyclist was treated after defending himself.? It’s nice thinking that the IRS could outsource, giving young Americans a head start at a government career…. and efficient work too- they’d cut out all the paperwork

  2. Tim-in-Alabama on February 1, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Well, at least one of the teens will be permanently grounded.

  3. Dimsdale on February 1, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Yet another reason “shall issue” rules and carry permits are good: don’t you think these punks would have thought twice if there was the presumption that the innocent biker was heeled?
    And the presumption of being armed helps those that do not carry, even those against guns.

  4. JBS on February 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Perhaps these teens should have been in school?
    I am sure the liberals will all bleat about this. Wring their hands and wail loudly, cast blame on the assaulted citizen and call for more gun control laws.
    Bah, let ‘um.
    The fact remains that the police are not tasked to protect us — police are not personal bodyguards — we are responsible for our own safety. Sounds to me like a righteous self-defense.

    • Dimsdale on February 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Ha!? You are right: 11am on a Wednesday?? Seems like truancy has taken a turn for the worse!

  5. ricbee on February 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    That’s why I pack…punks give me wide berth even when they can’t see what I got…. They know,I got something….

  6. Lynn on February 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I can’t help it, every time I read a post, a movie comes to mind. All I can think of is a “Clockwork Orange”, (a frightening movie directed by Stanley Kubrick).? Times of upheaval lead to the cowardice of gangs.

    • Dimsdale on February 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

      That movie gave a whole new meaning to the song “Singing in the Rain”….

    • Lynn on February 4, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Yeah and Malcolm McDowell was no Gene Kelly either.


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