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Would-be thieves apparently don’t like even the threat of being shot. When a North Carolinian caught a man attempting to break into a trailer on his property, the resident grabbed his gun and told the suspect to stop what he was doing. It worked. “There was no chance to steal anything,” Mint Hill Police Lt. John Rowell said afterward. Thus, authotrities are classifying the incident as an attempted burglary. The 23-year-old suspect, who lived in the neighborhood, was charged with misdemeanor probation violation and felony breaking or entering of a motor vehicle, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office website. (Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, N.C., 3/23/2015)

A Chicago man was far from home when he was apprehended in connection with a bank robbery. When one unidentified customer realized that a teller had been handed a “demand note” at a Wells Fargo branch in Marietta, Ga., he stepped out, retrieved a handgun from his vehicle and ordered the robbery suspect to lie on the ground until police arrived. Records show the 25-year-old suspect was arrested, charged with robbery by intimidation and remanded to the custody of the Cobb County jail. (AJC.com, Marietta, Ga., 3/26/2015)

Quick thinking helped a husband and wife survive a home invasion in Oklahoma. Three armed men entered the couple’s home through a sliding glass door. They made the woman lie on the floor in one room and tried to force her husband to do likewise in another room, but he complained that an old injury made getting to the floor unassisted difficult. While the male homeowner was using furniture to help himself to the floor, he grabbed the .357 Mag revolver he kept by the coffee table and came up firing, hitting one of the intruders in the hand. Marshall County Undersheriff Danny Cryer later said that the man’s wife got involved at that point. She initially grabbed and fired the gun the injured intruder had dropped, but later used her own to shoot a second interloper near the collarbone. The three strangers then fled the home and joined their wheelman. Deputies later that day detained all four suspects. They face an array of charges, including robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon. Cryer said the homeowners, who were not injured, did exactly what they needed to do. (The Madill Record, Madill, Okla., 4/2/2015)

An Uber driver with a Right-to-Carry permit broke up a ruckus in Chicago. The driver shot and injured a man who had been firing a handgun into a group of people near Logan Square. The only injury was that of the initial shooter, who was treated, charged and denied bail. The driver, said to be acting in self-defense and defense of others, won’t be charged. (Chicago Sun Times, Chicago, Ill., 4/20/2015)

When a trained soldier heard someone yell, “He’s got a knife!” he knew how to respond. The Army National Guardsman returned to his Odessa business after lunch one day and witnessed an altercation in the street. After he parked, he heard someone shout about the knife. The soldier went inside his store and grabbed a handgun before heading to the scene to help. Upon arriving, he found that the 18-year-old attacker had been disarmed after stabbing a 38-year-old man in the stomach, chest, face, head and neck a total of nine times. The armed citizen held the suspect at gunpoint until Nebraska State Patrol arrived. Bystanders treated the victim before paramedics arrived, and he was taken to the hospital, where he was initially listed in serious condition. The suspect, from Ohio, was later charged with felony first-degree assault, using a weapon to commit a felony and making a terroristic threat. (Kearney Hub, Kearney, Neb., 4/4/2015)

Though an Indianapolis woman was a little shaken up after using her gun to ward off assailants, she  said she hopes the story about her willingness to protect herself sends a strong message to other women about staying alert and defending themselves. As she returned to her home one day at 1 a.m., the woman—identified only as Crystal—said she was approached by three men.  “[One armed assailant] grabbed at me and when he did, I just reached and turned around and shot, and they ran,” Crystal said. Two of the would-be robbers escaped through a hole in a fence and were still at large when the story was reported. The third suspect, who suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder, was arrested and hospitalized. “Honestly, I mostly carry it because my dad wanted me to,” Crystal said. “Now, I’m glad I listened.” (WTHR.com, Indianapolis, Ind., 4/10/2015)

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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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