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itting at his kitchen table, a long-time NRA member and competitive shooter was
alarmed when a masked intruder walked through the front door wielding a knife.
"Who the [expletive] are you?" the NRA member demanded, but the intruder just
mumbled something and progressed toward him. The NRA member grabbed for the
intruder's knife hand, receiving lacerations. He continued struggling with the intruder with
his left hand, and reached into his pocket with his right, drawing a .38-cal. revolver. "Get the
[expletive] out of here or I'm going to shoot you!" the NRA member shouted. The intruder
backed away, saying, "I'm an alcoholic; I'm not going to get shot over this." He fled the scene.
(Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Walla Walla, WA, 03/30/11)

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hen a noise woke an
84-year-old grandmother,
she noticed her hall light was
on and knew something was awry. The
sharp-thinking, independent woman
opened a nightstand drawer and quickly
grabbed her .38-cal. revolver. "My mind
told me to get that gun," she explained.
No sooner had she done so than an
intruder appeared at the bedroom
door. The woman fired a shot, striking
the wall. The intruder ran out the back
door, which he had kicked in. (KTVU-TV,
Oakland, CA, 03/03/11)

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enard Joe was stopped in his
car at an intersection when a
man wearing a red bandana
tapped on the window and pointed
a gun at him. Big mistake. Joe, a
concealed-carry permit holder, drew a
handgun and opened fire through the
window, striking his assailant twice in
the chest. The carjacker, who had just
been released from state prison last
November, ran a short distance and
then died. (The Ledger, Lakeland, FL,
04/06/11)

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ome alone in his two-story
house, a man heard a knock
at his door. Glancing out the
window, he saw three men sneak
around to the back sliding door. The
sound of breaking glass made it clear
that the men were entering the house.
The homeowner went upstairs, locked
himself in a bedroom and got his gun.
At least one of the burglars approached
the bedroom door and was about to

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enter when the resident opened fire,
killing him. The other burglars fled, one
of whom was nabbed by a responding
officer's police dog. (The News Tribune,
Tacoma, WA, 04/05/11)

suspect was joking, but his intent to do
harm quickly became clear. As the
suspect attempted to lift Brooks' television, Brooks saw his opportunity to
retrieve a firearm. He fired a shot,
wounding the suspect, who fled the
hurch Minister Kimani Wright
scene with the assistance of two
and his young son interrupted a
accomplices. Brooks said he's lived in the
burglary as they returned home
neighborhood for more than 25 years
one morning. Wright saw the burglar,
and never had anything like this happen.
who was armed, and immediately
"These young people have got their
drew a handgun and opened fire. Glass
whole lives to live, why spoil it?" Brooks
shattered as bullets struck the front door. asked rhetorically. "I'm thinking [the
The burglar wisely ran away. According
suspect] got the message." (Dayton Daily
to police, the intruder was not struck.
News, Dayton, OH, 04/30/11)
Neither Wright nor his son were injured.
(The Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, NC,
woman and her husband pleaded
04/21/11)
with a man to quit attempting
to break into their home. As the
ou're not supposed to knock
woman dialed 9-1-1, the suspect banged
old people down ... I'm too
on the front door and shattered the
old to be going through all
surrounding glass. The husband shouted
that!" said 83-year-old James Brooks
that he was armed with a rifle-he even
after a hair-raising burglary incident.
fired two warning shots in an attempt
It began when a man knocked on the
to halt the break-in-but the suspect
door, claimed to have lost his cell phone forced the door open anyway. As he
and inquired whether Brooks had seen
entered the home, the husband fired
it. Soon after, a second man knocked on a single shot from his .22-cal. rifle. The
the door. "He told me to go sit on the
suspect was shot once in the chest
couch because he didn't want to kill me," and killed. (The World, Coos Bay, OR,
Brooks recalled. At first he thought the
04/08/11)

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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
Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-9400. For bonus features, visit "The Armed Citizen Blog" at
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