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College student Christopher Boise heard knocking sounds coming from the first floor of his home. When he walked toward the source of the noise, he was confronted by two strange men in his apartment. One of the men was pointing a handgun straight at Boise. When Boise cried out, it was heard by his roommate, Raymond, who instinctively grabbed his legally owned AR-15 and readied it. It was just moments before one of the intruders made it to Raymond’s door. Upon seeing Raymond’s rifle, both men fled the apartment. Nothing was taken and no shots were fired. After the incident Boise said, “I’m happy he saved my life. I was very thankful he had his gun.” (13wham, Rochester, NY, 1/23/13)

Debi Keeney, 55, was at home with her sister, Donna Carlyle, 47, when she stepped outside to smoke a cigarette. As she closed the door behind her, a man approached and pushed his way inside the apartment. The man threw Keeney to the floor and put Carlyle in a choke hold. He demanded money as Carlyle gasped for air. Keeney was quickly able to get to a .22-cal. derringer she kept hidden in a side-table drawer. She warned the man to release her sister or she would shoot. When he continued to demand money, Keeney fired. The 33-year-old intruder was later taken to a local hospital to be treated for two gunshot wounds and was listed in critical condition. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Highland, MO, 2/11/13)

Ernest Robinson, an assistant high school basketball coach, was escorting two of his female team members from the building one evening when they were approached by two teenage boys.  One of the teenagers wielded a gun. The gunman ordered the girls to leave as the other teen yanked at the chain Robinson wore around his neck.  Robinson quickly pulled out his concealed pistol and fired at both assailants, killing one and wounding the other. The surviving perpetrator is now being charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of assault with intent to rob while armed. (The Detroit News, Detroit, MI, 2/15/13)

Three masked men entered Plaza Jewelers one afternoon, one carrying a gun while the other two wielded hammers. Store owner Alfonso Angela spotted the men through the store window and grabbed the gun he kept hidden behind the counter. The two men with hammers, one carrying a bag, were approaching the glass cases of jewelry when Angela cocked the hammer of his gun. Within seconds, the men were making a hasty exit. Police were called and two male suspects were later taken into custody. (San Jose Mercury News, Fair Oaks, CA, 1/21/13)

A 34-year-old man entered a bank carrying a handgun that was later determined to be a realistic plastic replica. He pulled a black mask over his face and demanded money from a teller. His robbery attempt, however, was thwarted by another bank employee’s very real Smith & Wesson .357 revolver. The employee, a legal concealed carry permit holder, fired his weapon after realizing the man robbing the bank was armed. The robber fled the scene leading police on a high-speed car chase. The suspect was soon caught and hospitalized for a gunshot wound to the jaw. He was later charged with attempted bank robbery and leading police on a high-speed chase. There were reportedly no other injuries. (The Blaze, Trimble, MO, 3/4/13)

It was before dawn when Christine Lewis entered her bathroom and spotted the silhouette of a man outside the window. The man had torn off the window screen and was attempting to break in. Christine’s husband, John Lewis, heard the commotion from the bedroom and retrieved his .38 Smith & Wesson revolver. The man outside had failed to force open the window and was now lurking outside their home. Lewis walked out his front door and confronted the man. The man started to approach Lewis despite repeated warnings. The two remained in a standoff until deputies arrived and took the man into custody. He was jailed on multiple charges. “I own a gun for reasons like this. I want to protect myself,” Lewis said. “The way I see it, your home is sacred ground, and you have the right to protect it.” (Mail Tribune, White City, OR, 1/26/13)

Kelby Smith, 34, pulled into his brother’s driveway and was carrying his 2-month-old son in a car seat when a man with a pistol approached them and demanded money. Smith knelt in front of his son to shield him as the robber held the gun to Smith’s head. As Smith handed over a small amount of cash, he pulled his own gun from its holster. Upon seeing the firearm, the robber fled, but turned and pointed his gun back at Smith, who fired his gun. The man was later identified as he entered a hospital seeking treatment for a gunshot wound. (The Plain Dealer, Columbus, OH, 1/15/13)

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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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