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Hugh Mathis, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, and his wife Ruby, 89, opened the door when a young man they knew from their neighborhood knocked. The young man had previously done odd jobs for the couple, including mowing their lawn and shoveling snow. He asked to use the Mathises’ telephone. Once inside, the man pulled a knife on Mr. Mathis and demanded money. Mrs. Mathis quickly went to the bedroom where they kept a firearm. When she returned, the would-be robber fled through the front door. He was later arrested and held on three counts of aggravated robbery. (WLWT News 5, Springfield Township, OH, 4/10/14)

Jeff Gegelman, 60, was home alone around 3:30 p.m. when three men drove their car into his front yard, then pounded at the door. When Gegelman didn’t answer the door, the men returned to their car and made a U-turn in the yard. They did not leave, however. Two of the men got out and barged in through the front door. Gegelman had retrieved his .22 handgun and returned fire after one of the armed intruders started shooting at him. The gunmen fled. Despite the gunshot wounds Gegelman sustained to his chest and arm, he followed the gunmen long enough to get their license plate number. He was then able to contact police and get medical help. The alleged shooter was later arrested after seeking medical attention for a gunshot wound of his own. Both of his accomplices reportedly remain at large. Gegelman is recovering from his injuries. (Bismarck Tribune, Golden Valley, ND, 3/31/14)

Around 3:15 a.m., homeowner James Moore woke up and noticed that some outside lights had been turned on. When he heard a noise in the kitchen, he went to investigate, finding a man rummaging through the refrigerator. Moore quietly backed out of the kitchen and returned to the bedroom where he kept his pistol, then asked his wife to call police and lock the bedroom door. When deputies arrived at the Moore home, they found Moore holding the 19-year-old intruder at gunpoint. The intruder had kicked in two doors in order to gain entry. A flatbed trailer, a four-wheeler and a lawn tractor were also damaged during the incident. The intruder was arrested on charges of felony burglary, malicious injury to property and underage alcohol consumption. There were no shots fired and the Moores were not injured during the break-in. (Local News 8, Idaho Falls, ID, 4/7/14)

When a man entered Lisa’s Beer and Wine with a gun around 9 p.m. and demanded money, the store clerk complied. He handed over small bills from the cash register, but the robber was not satisfied and ordered the clerk to open the safe. He then demanded that the clerk kneel on the ground while he took cigarettes from the store shelves. That is when the store clerk took action. He drew a firearm and fired, striking the robber in the hand. The robber dropped his gun and fled the scene with cash in hand. The store clerk remained unharmed. (Dallas News, Dallas, TX, 4/22/14)

Daphne and Robert Sanford were asleep when their home alarm system sounded. Robert got up to silence the alarm and found a man inside their home trying to enter the code himself. Police arrived a short time later to find Sanford holding the 25-year-old perpetrator at gunpoint. Following a brief struggle with police, the intruder was arrested. After the incident, the sheriff stated, “The alarm alerted this family, and their quick thinking and the protection with their firearm prevented this case from escalating.” (The Leader, Covington, TN, 4/3/14)

A female resident was at home with her young niece late one evening when a man she did not know came to the door. He claimed that his vehicle had broken down and that he needed help. The man then pulled a knife and tried to force his way inside. Fearing for her safety, and the safety of her niece, the homeowner drew her gun and fired several shots. Responding officers found the 18-year-old intruder’s body nearby. He was pronounced dead a short time later. Neither the homeowner nor her niece were harmed during the incident. (WSFA 12 News, Autauga County, AL, 4/4/14)

Jeremy Rossetto, 39, was in the stairwell of an apartment building when he got into an argument with two men and a female. One of the men punched Rossetto. According to police, one of the three then held Rossetto down while another beat him with a baseball bat. Fearing great bodily harm or death, Rossetto drew a gun he is licensed to carry and fired, killing two of the three attackers. (Green Bay Press-Gazette, Milwaukee, WI, 4/3/14)

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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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