America's First Freedom - April 2014 - 31

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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, n.h., 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, s.c., 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 TimesJournal, Orrville, Ala., 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, Mass., 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, Texas, 12/26/13)

"You're either a
victim or you're
not," said Jensen.
"I chose not to be
a victim."

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, Ala., 1/17/14)

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