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fter 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)

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eff 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)

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etired 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

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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)

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ith 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)

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mergency 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)

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ousing 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)

If you have a firsthand "Armed Citizen" experience,
call NRA-ILA PR/Communications at (703) 267-1193.
Studies indicate that firearms are used more than 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 via e-mail to armedcitizen@nrahq.org, or by mail to "The Armed Citizen," 11250
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