The Obama administration is urging the Social Security Administration to adopt the same reporting regulations as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System uses to prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts and illegal aliens to place restrictions on the Second Amendment right of senior citizens to own guns, but it may take a lot to convince an Eastpointe, Michigan man to give up his right to self-defense.

The unidentified 91-year-old was forced to use his gun when a black man in his late 20s attempted to rob him outside a Rite-Aid drug store in the Detroit suburb area.

The senior citizen told authorities the would-be robber approached him acting in an erratic manner, said he had a gun and pointed an object at his intended victim.

The elder decided he wasn’t going to go along with that plan, and after warning the robber that he was armed, opened fire, wounding the suspect, identified as Richard Ashford, who fled on foot.

He was later taken into police custody and hospitalized with a non-life threatening injury in his neck.

The senior has a Michigan Concealed Pistol License.

“This was an attempted robbery of the shooter,” said Eastpointe Deputy Police Chief Eric Keiser. “The person who fired the shots was lawfully carrying a handgun and said that he defended himself when he was attacked.”

Apparently, Macomb County authorities agreed and charged Ashford with felonious assault.

“This elderly man’s self-defense is an entirely appropriate use of force,” Prosecutor Eric Smith said. “Facing imminent assault, he announced that he was armed, made attempts to withdraw, warned again that he held a weapon, and fired only when completely necessary.”

The strong senior who didn’t act like the vulnerable old man the would-be robber expected, is a role model to the over-65 crowd, but so far, he has declined media requests for interviews.

 

 

 

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