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Phillip Ramsey was drinking coffee in his kitchen when there was a knock at the door. “I didn’t recognize him and I didn’t answer the door,” Ramsey recalled. Shortly thereafter a second unknown man knocked at the door. When Ramsey didn’t answer, the man circled toward the rear of the house. Ramsey heard glass breaking and grabbed his 9 mm pistol, which he usually stores in the bedroom. “For some reason, I had it with me in the kitchen today,” he said. “God must have been watching out for me.” Ramsey called 9-1-1 and when he got to his bedroom, the man was getting off the bed below a broken window. Ramsey held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived. Following the incident he offered the following safety advice to fellow citizens: “Get a gun and learn how to use it.” (The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C., 8/31/11)

As a repo man prepared to repossess a car, a strange confrontation occurred. Police say a 26-year-old man cursed at the repo man and tried to prevent him from taking the car. Oddly, the suspect was not the owner of the car and didn’t live at the address where it was parked. Yet he pulled out a gun and fired. The repo man, who has a concealed-carry permit, drew his handgun and fired. The suspect was killed. (Naples Daily News, Naples, FL, 09/16/11)

Temple University sophomore Robert Eells sat with a friend in front of the home they share with several other students when three robbers approached and demanded money. When Eells told them he had none, the thieves drew guns and opened fire, striking Eells in the abdomen. That is when Eells, who has a concealed-carry permit, drew his handgun and returned fire. One robber, already a hardened criminal at 15 years of age, was shot. His accomplices fled. The wounded suspect will be charged after his release from the hospital. Eells is expected to make a full recovery. “We are very thankful,” said his grandmother. (The Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, 09/06/11)

With three men attempting to break into his home using a tire iron, a homeowner feared desperately for his life. Fortunately he had what many consider the ultimate home-defense tool: a 12-ga. shotgun. He warned the men that he was prepared to use it, but they brazenly continued to pry at the door, either not believing the homeowner or oblivious to the shotgun’s ability. The homeowner fired one round and the suspects fled. One was later admitted to the hospital with a severe gunshot wound. (WAFB-TV, Hammond, LA, 09/13/11)

Upon noticing a car following him into his neighborhood late one night, a homeowner had a bad feeling. Once he turned into his driveway, the car crept by, turned around and again drove by before stopping. Then he heard someone running up the driveway. He retrieved a pistol from the glove box and got out of the vehicle just in time to spot two suspects sprinting toward him. They were armed and demanded cash. “It was all probably a second,” he explained. “It was just so fast.” The homeowner aimed and fired at one of his assailants, killing him. The second man fled. Though the suspects could have killed him, the homeowner harbors no ill will. “My prayers go out to the family,” he said. “That was still someone’s child.” (Herald-Journal, Spartanburg, S.C., 08/30/11)

Quick thinking on the part of a 28-year-old man may have saved the lives of his entire family. Arriving home from a family trip, the man escorted his wife and their son inside, then he returned to the car. That is when two men approached. One man grabbed him from behind, the other put a shotgun to his head. The robbers tried to get into the man’s house, but the door was locked. The man knew he had to protect his family by preventing the robbers’ entrance at all cost. He told them he’d get his keys, reached into his pocket and pulled out a .38-cal. handgun. He fired five shots, wounding at least one of the robbers and causing both to flee. The shotgun-wielding suspect fired a round in return, but neither the brave resident nor his family were injured. (Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, IN, 09/09/11)

When someone began pounding on his front door, a homeowner’s afternoon nap was cut short. He looked through the peephole and asked the man what he wanted. Without warning, the man kicked the door open into the homeowner’s face. The homeowner fled upstairs, retrieved a rifle and when he wheeled around he found that the suspect had pursued him. He fired a shot, striking the intruder in the torso. The intruder will be charged after his release from the hospital. Police found drug paraphernalia in his car. (San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio, TX, 08/23/11)

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Studies indicate that firearms are used over 2 million times a year for personal protection, and that the presence of a firearm, without a shot being fired, prevents crime in many instances. Shooting usually can be justified only where crime constitutes an immediate, imminent threat to life, limb, or, in some cases, property. Anyone is free to quote or reproduce these accounts. Send clippings to:

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