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Local police won’t charge a Right-to-Carry permit holder who killed a man during an attempted carjacking in Orem, Utah. The armed citizen heard a scream while he was in the parking lot of a grocery store. When he saw a woman being pulled from her car, he approached, drew his 9 mm Luger handgun and told the carjacker to stop what he was doing. The suspect lunged at the armed citizen, who fired his weapon once, killing the would-be car thief. Police Capt. Ned Jackson said the shooter, who was not identified, won’t be charged, because Utah law allows the use of a gun in self-defense or to prevent a forcible felony. (The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, 5/4/15)

Breaking up before the big dance carried a price for several people. Two Wisconsin teens had a lovers’ spat before the prom, after the girl’s parents had spent $500 on a dress. The girl’s parents asked the boy to partially reimburse them since he backed out of the date. The Madison boy stewed about the request and became enraged. He returned to his girlfriend’s house in the wee hours of the morning and tried to break in. The girl’s father caught the boy and called him to task, prompting the boy to draw a knife and stab the man seven times. While the two males were grappling, the girl’s mother came out and fired a handgun into the air. The gunfire distracted the youth, and the man wrestled the teen to the ground. The boyfriend faces multiple charges, including attempted homicide. The girl’s father was airlifted to a hospital to have his wounds treated. (Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wis., 5/8/15)

A repeat offender won’t be committing any more crimes. A Tennessee homeowner fatally shot a man who was climbing through the home’s front window. The resident was awakened by a thud in the middle of the night. He responded by chambering a round in his Glock and going to investigate. When he saw the intruder at the window, he fired once, striking the miscreant in the head. The homeowner called 911, but the suspect died before authorities arrived. The investigation revealed that the criminal had first tried to kick in the door—accounting for the noise that woke up the resident. The dead man had a criminal history that included multiple aggravated burglaries. (Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, Tenn., 5/1/15)

One problem with random attacks is that you never know how your victim might respond. An assault suspect in Washington state learned that lesson. The assailant had been shopping at a Wal-Mart in Yakima. He picked a metal tee-ball bat off the shelf and struck another shopper. The victim, who had a concealed-carry permit, pulled a SIG Sauer from his holster and ordered the attacker to lie on the ground. Store surveillance video indicated the attack was unprovoked. The suspect was being held in the Yakima County jail. (Yakima Herald Republic, Yakima, Wash., 4/14/15)

Just because someone is going to a medical facility doesn’t make them any more vulnerable than anyone else. An armed robber targeted a Michigan patient who had pulled into the parking lot at a dialysis center for treatment early one morning. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department said the robber stepped out of a wooded area near the parking lot, pulled his gun and demanded the driver’s wallet. The patient responded by drawing his own gun and asking, “Do you really want to do this?” The assailant turned and ran. Police tried to track the suspect with dogs, but couldn’t find him. (myfoxdetroit.com, Detroit, Mich., 5/19/15)

An elderly Miami-area man refused to be a victim, even though the bad guys outnumbered him 2-to-1. Miami-Dade police said two burglars entered a house in Redland one afternoon, and shots were fired soon thereafter. One intruder died at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital. The homeowner, 77, is cooperating with police, who are treating this as a “stand your ground” case. People in the neighborhood had reported several burglaries and attempted burglaries before this one. (NBC News 6, Miami, Fla., 5/18/15)

Rifles can come in handy for self-defense. A St. Regis, Mont., woman used a .22-250 Rem. rifle to fend off a bear.  The woman and her husband were watching TV late one night when they heard a noise outside. The husband opened the door to investigate and the bear charged. The woman shot once, felling the animal eight feet from the home. (Missoulian, Missoula, Mont., 5/21/15)

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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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