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After hearing a commotion, NRA Life member Joe McNeil discovered an alleged burglar trying to remove his window air-conditioning unit. When the suspect failed, he ran to the back of the home, broke the bedroom window and began to climb inside. Meanwhile, McNeil retrieved a 12-ga. shotgun and waited strategically in the hallway until the suspect came into view. “Get on the ground or I’ll shoot you!” McNeil commanded. Instead, the suspect grabbed for the shotgun. McNeil fought him off and again ordered him to the ground. He refused, forcing McNeil to fire two shotgun slugs. The suspect was taken to the hospital with severe injuries and will face burglary and assault charges after his release. (The Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, NM, 01/25/11)

Jeff Gibson and his wife, Tammy, had returned home after an evening church service when Jeff noticed something awry. “The garage door was open,” he recalled. “When I went to see what was going on, I saw a black car pulling out.” The car sped down the driveway toward Tammy, who was checking the mail. “Jeff’s first thought was, ‘I have to neutralize this situation and protect my wife, because he’s headed straight for her,’” Tammy explained. A concealed-carry permit holder, Jeff drew his handgun and fired eight shots at the vehicle, causing it to crash. Jeff held the suspects for police. “You never really think you’ll have to use [your firearm],” Jeff said. “I didn’t want to use it, but at least I was prepared for it when the time came.” (WKRN-5, Nashville, TN, 01/26/11

Retired banker Hall Palmer heard a noise and got up to investigate. As soon as he opened the door, the 70-year-old was face-to-face with a man dressed in all black and armed with a pistol. The suspect ordered Palmer to sit on the bed. He wanted the PIN for a bank card he’d found downstairs. Palmer said the card was expired, but he could give him some money. The suspect bound Palmer’s hands with twine, led him downstairs and found his billfold. The suspect then bound Palmer’s feet, gagged his mouth and went outside. But he’d underestimated his victim. Palmer wriggled free and retrieved his late father’s .38-cal. Colt Army Special revolver. When the suspect returned, Palmer fired a shot, causing him to flee. The suspect had been carrying a pillow; Palmer wonders if it was intended to muffle the sound of his execution. (St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL, 01/20/11)

With a large stick in hand, a teenager threatened a man and his wife outside their home. They were familiar with the troubled youth, a regular offender wanted at the time on a juvenile detention order. The man drew a handgun for which he has a permit to carry, but the unfazed youth charged. The man and his wife retreated inside, called 9-1-1 and locked themselves in the bedroom. Police said the youth made several attempts to enter the home, then an eruption of breaking glass rang out as the crazed teen dove through a closed window. The man fired a shot, wounding the intruder and ending the attack. (Daily News Leader, Staunton, VA, 01/14/11)

Emergency dispatchers said they could hear a couple screaming at an alleged burglar that he should quit breaking into their suburban Maryland home and leave. They didn’t want their 27-year-old son, who stood in the doorway with a shotgun, to have to kill the man. Instead the suspect broke a windowpane and reached through to unlock the door. The son opened fire, killing the suspect. When a reporter asked the woman’s permission to speak to her son, who appeared to be the “hero” in the incident, she said, “There was no hero. The only thing I can tell you is we are thankful we are alive.” (The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., 01/13/2011)

Housing manager Dihanna McCullock said she is a fighter, and police said she proved it one morning when a man broke a window, entered her office and tried to stab her with a butcher knife. A second assailant, who carried a gun and wore some sort of badge on his shirt, also entered the office and fired a shot, grazing McCullock’s right arm. That’s when she drew the Taurus Judge revolver she carries daily and unloaded on the second suspect with a .410 shotshell. The robbers fled, dropping McCullock’s wallet and the knife in their haste. “Wherever he’s at he’s wounded, somewhere,” McCullock predicted. “My husband taught me well.” (WALB-10, Albany, GA, 01/06/11)

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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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