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Hazel Poole, 85, was at home playing with her puppy around 8:30 p.m. when there was a knock at the front door. Little did she know that she would open the door to two masked men wielding knives. Poole wasted no time and dashed to her bedroom where she kept her .38-cal. handgun. Poole, who was married to an avid trapshooter and whose son works at NRA Headquarters, is no stranger to firearms. With confidence she pointed the gun at the men and ordered them to leave her home or she would shoot. Both men fled without hesitation. (The Star Press, Muncie, IN, 12/14/12)

Jeremy Reed, 30, and Anna Soto, 24, were asleep in the same room as their one-week-old baby girl when they woke to a loud banging sound. They later learned that the sound was their front door being broken into by two convicted felons. Reed recalls seeing one of the men standing at the foot of their bed. Soto grabbed the infant and hid in the bedroom closet as Reed confronted the intruders with a .22-cal. rifle. The men took off in Reed’s car. But by then, flashing blue lights could be seen in the distance. Both men were arrested just 20 minutes later and charged with multiple felony counts, including home invasion robbery. (Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, FL, 12/10/12)

A man in his early 40s entered a nail salon at about 5:30 p.m. and began asking a female employee about purchasing diamonds. When the confused woman told the man she had no money to buy diamonds, he reached into his coat pocket and pulled out a pistol. When a customer getting her nails done saw what was happening, she reached into her purse and pulled out her own firearm. Upon seeing the woman’s gun, the man quickly fled the salon. It was last reported that the suspect is still at large. (Casper Star Tribune, Casper, WY, 12/11/12)

Two men targeted the home of Jerry Stremovihtg, 62, and Kenneth Conley, 53, one evening. Conley was having a meal on the front porch when the two suspects approached him. They beat him and repeatedly used a taser to subdue him. After gaining entry to the home, the suspects entered Stremovihtg’s bedroom. Stremovihtg met the intruders with a .38-cal. revolver. He fired several rounds causing them to flee the home. One suspect, a 35-year-old male, died in the front yard from a gunshot wound. It was last reported that the second suspect is still at large. Conley and Stremovihtg were taken to a nearby medical center and were treated for non life-threatening injuries. (The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Holly Hill, FL, 11/18/12)

Dispatchers received a call one afternoon from a man claiming to be the victim of a road rage incident. The man called 911 from the highway and said the van he had just passed was ramming his SUV from behind. The dispatcher instructed the driver to pull over and wait for officers. When the man pulled over, the van pulled over as well. The man and woman occupying the van approached his vehicle and began hitting him and stabbing him with car keys. The driver of the SUV, a concealed carry permit holder, retrieved his gun and pointed it at his assailants until police arrived. They were later booked on possible charges of battery and disorderly conduct. (Antigo Journal, Wausau, WI, 12/6/12)

Gary Cherry was driving at approximately 8:30 a.m. when he noticed two vehicles on the side of the road. Cherry pulled over to help when he saw there was a man holding a woman to the ground face down and stabbing her repeatedly. Cherry, a concealed carry license holder, quickly retrieved his firearm and ordered the man to get on the ground as he dialed 911. Crystal Ward was traveling the same route when she spotted Cherry holding the perpetrator at gunpoint at the side of the entrance ramp. Ward stopped to assist and discovered a crying baby boy in one of the vehicles. The suspect was later taken into custody and the victim was flown to a nearby hospital with multiple stab wounds. It was last reported that she was in stable condition. The baby was unharmed. (Montgomery County Police Reporter, Plum Grove, TX, 12/24/12)

When a 79-year-old man heard arguing outside his home, he went outside to investigate. In the front yard, the man discovered his 17-year-old granddaughter being beaten by a 19-year-old male. When the grandfather confronted the suspect, he was threatened with a “stun gun.”  The suspect approached the elderly man. The grandfather warned him to stop, but the suspect continued toward him. The grandfather pulled out a handgun and fired once. The suspect’s wound proved fatal. (Courier & Press, Evansville, IN, 12/25/12)

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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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