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Mabel Fletcher, 64, was sleeping when her dog woke her with a forewarning bark. She scrambled in the dark for the 9 mm handgun that she keeps in the nightstand next to her bed. As Fletcher retrieved her firearm, a woman she did not know came into her bedroom. The woman advanced threateningly, so Fletcher fired. The woman continued to act erratically and throw things at Fletcher, including an ironing board. Fletcher described the incident, “She was wild. I didn’t want to shoot her, but I didn’t want to get hurt. I told her to stop, but she kept coming at me.” Fletcher fired a second time, but the woman lunged at her once again. Fletcher fired a third and final time, causing the intruder to flee through a window. The intruder was later arrested and is facing charges including aggravated burglary, drug abuse, possession of drug abuse instruments and criminal trespass. (The Enquirer, Middletown, OH, 9/5/13)

A masked man entered the Holiday Grocery Convenience Store around 9 p.m. brandishing a handgun covered by a bag. He pointed the gun at the woman behind the counter and said, “Give me all your money or you’re going to die.” The terrified store clerk opened the cash register as she was told. The burglar climbed over the counter to grab the cash, but was interrupted when the store owner came from the back room with his own firearm. The suspect was shot once in the chest. He ran out the front door leaving a trail of cash as he went. Officers arrived shortly thereafter. The burglar was found a short distance away and was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for his gunshot wound. Sgt. Rob Troxler lauded the store owner’s actions saying, “The clerk was protecting his business and defending his store employee.” (News4Jax.com, Jacksonville, FL, 9/22/13)

Robert Jones, 77, heard the glass shatter when a man threw a chair through a picture window in Jones’ home just before 2 a.m. Jones retrieved a firearm he kept in his home and confronted the man. Jones warned the intruder that he had a gun and that he would shoot, but the suspect reportedly continued toward him. Jones then fired a single shot into the intruder’s torso. Jones called 911 and police arrived shortly thereafter. The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound and it was determined that he was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the break-in. He now faces multiple charges including a felony charge of burglary. (Missoulian, Missoula, MT, 9/24/13)

Byron Park, 54, a Domino’s Pizza employee, was making a delivery to a hotel just before midnight. As he returned to his vehicle, he was confronted by a 34-year-old man wielding a knife and demanding money. Park responded by pulling out his concealed handgun and firing once. The robber sustained a fatal wound to the torso. Maj. Tod Goodyear said of the incident, “[Park] was protecting his life. The guy had a deadly weapon and was going to kill him if he didn’t give his money up.” (Florida Today, Melbourne, FL, 8/25/13)

When a woman, her son and her son’s girlfriend made arrangements to meet with the prospective buyer of their Apple smart phone, they never expected it to transpire the way it did. After making arrangements online, they arrived at the QuikTrip convenience store where the meet-up was to take place. The woman waited in the car for the buyer to show up while her son and his girlfriend entered the store. Three men showed up, one of whom jumped into the woman’s vehicle with a gun. He demanded money and the phone. The woman’s son then exited the store and saw the robbery taking place. When he saw that one of the robbers had a gun, he pulled out his own handgun and fired causing them to flee. All three men were later caught by police. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jonesboro, GA, 7/2/13)

After moving into a nursing home, an elderly woman’s 18-year-old grandson began staying at her house. He was home alone early one morning when he was awakened by a noise coming from a back room of the home. He grabbed a shotgun from under the sofa he was sleeping on and went to investigate. He spotted what looked like the light from a flashlight coming from behind a curtain covering a glass door. As the teen moved forward, the back door was kicked in and he was confronted by two burglars. The teenager fired several shots. One suspect fell to the ground with a fatal gunshot wound, while the other fled the scene. He was later found at a nearby hospital being treated for gunshot wounds. It was last reported that he was in critical condition. The teen staying at his grandmother’s home was not injured. (Houston Chronicle, Baytown, TX, 8/29/13)

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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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