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Paul Jensen, 52, was sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle in a hospital parking lot when a stranger approached and started to get into the passenger’s seat. Jensen quickly pulled out his handgun and pointed it at the attempted carjacker. “They said he didn’t have a weapon but I didn’t know that, you don’t have time to think about it. … You’re either a victim or you’re not,” said Jensen. “I chose not to be a victim.” Jensen held the man at gunpoint until police arrived. The 33-year-old man had been cited earlier that day for disorderly conduct after pounding on the door of a stranger’s home. He was arrested and charged with attempted carjacking, as well as with tampering with a fire alarm. (WBZ-TV, Nashua, NH, 12/18/13)

Billy McCall, 78, was at home when he heard his wife scream. McCall grabbed his .380-cal. handgun and went to his wife’s aid. He found that a man had forced his way into their home and seized his wife in a choke hold. The armed intruder fired at McCall striking him in his stomach. McCall returned fire, causing the intruder to flee. The assailant was later dropped off at a local hospital where he died. He had sustained gunshot wounds to his abdomen, leg and chest. McCall is reported to be in stable condition and is expected to survive the gunshot wound he sustained during the home invasion. Mrs. McCall was reportedly uninjured. (Independent Mail, Anderson, SC, 12/25/13)

An armed man entered a Dollar General store one afternoon, waved his gun in the air and threatened to kill everyone in the store. He held a cashier and a customer at gunpoint and ushered them toward a break room area. A customer carrying a concealed handgun then defeated the threat with a single shot. The gunman was struck in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was reportedly injured. (The Selma Times-Journal, Orrville, AL, 1/16/14)

The tension between rival teenagers escalated as groups of supporters from both sides began making threats over the social media website Facebook. The dispute erupted into an all-out brawl when opposing groups met in person. One boy struck a female several times in the face. When another girl tried to help her, the same male knocked her to the ground and began kicking her. Another male pulled out a BB gun and pointed it at the female victims. A concealed carry license holder nearby pulled his own firearm after witnessing the assault. He ordered the teens to break it up, which caused the group to flee. No shots were fired. Both males involved were later arrested and charged with multiple counts. One of the females involved was also charged. (Boston Herald, Dorchester, MA, 1/1/14)

Gareth Long was asleep with his wife shortly before midnight when he heard a loud bang inside their home. An intruder had gained entry to the Longs’ home by using a tree branch to break in through a bedroom window. Long realized there had been a break-in and retrieved his handgun. He discovered the intruder in the hallway outside of their bedroom. Long was forced to fire when his repeated warnings went unheeded. The intruder’s wounds proved fatal. Long and his family were not injured. (Dallas Morning News, Cedar Hill, TX, 12/26/13)

David Braman, 69, retrieved his revolver before opening the door to a stranger around 8 p.m. The 31-year-old stranger claimed he was having car trouble and asked to use Braman’s telephone. Braman was suspicious of the stranger even before spotting the handgun he carried. The stranger then forced his way through Braman’s front door and a scuffle ensued. Three of the assailant’s accomplices were waiting outside when they heard three gunshots. They then witnessed their co-conspirator stumble out of the home with a bullet wound to his groin before fleeing. Three of the four assailants were later arrested and charged with numerous counts. The injured trespasser was said to be in critical condition and was being treated at a local hospital. Braman was unharmed. (Times-Tribune, New Milford, PA, 1/16/14)

A family dispute almost ended in tragedy when an 18-year-old man started a fight with his brother, threatening to beat him with a baseball bat. He then turned his attention to his grandparents. The man reportedly grabbed a knife and threatened to kill everyone in the home, including himself. A family member sought help from a neighbor, who retrieved a firearm. The aggressor was shot once and was reportedly in critical condition. There were allegedly several warrants already out for his arrest. No one else in the home was harmed during the incident. (Press-Register, Wilmer, AL, 1/17/14)

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