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Two 19-year-old males entered the Palms Internet café brandishing a baseball bat and a handgun. One suspect swung the bat at a computer screen while the other pointed the gun at customers. One customer, 71-year-old Samuel Williams, took action. Williams pulled out his .380-cal. pistol and fired at Henderson. Both intruders suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds and fled. They were later arrested and treated for their injuries. One suspect later said their plan had been to “barge in, get the money and leave” and he “never expected anyone to be armed.” (The Blaze, Marion County, FL, 7/17/12)

It was about midnight when 66-year-old Rosa Myles’ nightly prayers were interrupted. She heard a noise coming from the back of her home. Myles, who must use a walker to get around, went to investigate when a man suddenly lunged at her with a knife. The man pushed Myles and demanded jewelry and money. He followed her to the bedroom where Myles kept some cash. As he stood counting the money, Myles was able to retrieve her gun and shot the man twice. The 19-year-old suspect was later arrested and arraigned on first degree home invasion and assault with a charge of intent to rob while armed. (The Muskegon Chronicle, Flint, MI, 7/3/12)

John Mutter was asleep in his bed around 2:15 a.m. when he was awakened by a man with a shotgun pointed at his head. Mutter, a paraplegic living alone, kept his own gun nearby for protection. He quickly grabbed his gun and fired multiple times killing the intruder. Police investigating the incident believed the man had entered the home looking for medication, money or anything of value. (The Columbus Dispatch, Johnstown, OH, 7/22/12)

Gerald Mirto, 67, heard noises coming from his backyard and went to investigate. When he noticed the screen door had been broken, Mirto spotted the culprit standing just outside. The 25-year-old suspect was not wearing any clothing and was asked to leave repeatedly. There was a struggle in which Mirto was bitten in the arm and punched in the head. Mirto was able to escape and retreat to the second floor of his home where he retrieved a handgun. He then found the intruder attempting to steal his television. The intruder reportedly instigated a second physical altercation. That is when Mirto shot the man in the chest. Police apprehended the intruder a short time later. (Milford Patch, Milford, CT, 7/23/12)

A 19-year-old male allegedly knocked on the door of a rural home early one morning with ill intent. When the homeowner came to the door, the suspect threatened the man with a gun and stole $150 in cash and his licensed medical marijuana. The man didn’t stop there. Instead of leaving the residence, he continued to threaten the homeowner by pointing his gun through the dog door. The homeowner retrieved his own firearm and shot the suspect six times. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and is expected to be charged after his release. (KOAT7, Taos, NM, 7/16/12)

A man entered Smith’s Marketplace one afternoon and purchased a knife. Police say the man then used the knife as a weapon and attacked several people. One victim was stabbed in the abdomen while another was stabbed in the head and arms. All the while, the knife-wielding assailant had been yelling at his victims that they had “killed his people.” Before he was able to locate another target, a citizen with a concealed firearm intervened. The man with the knife was told to drop his weapon or be shot. He complied and was detained until police arrived. (ABC4, Salt Lake City, UT, 4/27/12)

When a homeowner heard noises coming from the first floor of his home, he called out. One of two intruders reportedly identified himself as a police officer so the resident descended the stairs to investigate. One man hurled a hatchet at the homeowner, but missed. The resident fought back and fired a shotgun striking one of the intruders. Both men fled upon hearing the gunshot. The wounded suspect was later arrested when he sought medical treatment. (Kitsap Sun, Tacoma, WA, 6/28/12)

Ruby Hodge, 89, heard someone knock at her back door twice before she decided to answer. By the third knock, however, Hodge heard the door being kicked in. The intruders, two males ages 31 and 42, entered her home and went into the guest bedroom opposite her own. When they turned around Hodge had her .38-cal. pistol waiting. Both men fled, but were later caught. Sheriff Fred Knight said, “I was just amazed. When she told me she met the intruders with a handgun pointed at them, she said they went out faster than they came in. She is my hero!” (SCNOW, Blenheim, SC, 7/24/12)

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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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