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ugh Mathis, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, and his wife Ruby, 89, opened the door
when a young man they knew from their neighborhood knocked. The young man had
previously done odd jobs for the couple, including mowing their lawn and shoveling
snow. He asked to use the Mathises' telephone. Once inside, the man pulled a knife on Mr. Mathis
and demanded money. Mrs. Mathis quickly went to the bedroom where they kept a firearm.
When she returned, the would-be robber fled through the front door. He was later arrested and
held on three counts of aggravated robbery. (WLWT News 5, Springfield Township, OH, 4/10/14)

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eff Gegelman, 60, was home alone
around 3:30 p.m. when three men
drove their car into his front yard, then
pounded at the door. When Gegelman
didn't answer the door, the men returned
to their car and made a U-turn in the
yard. They did not leave, however. Two of
the men got out and barged in through
the front door. Gegelman had retrieved
his .22 handgun and returned fire after
one of the armed intruders started
shooting at him. The gunmen fled.
Despite the gunshot wounds Gegelman
sustained to his chest and arm, he followed the gunmen long enough to get
their license plate number. He was then
able to contact police and get medical help. The alleged shooter was later
arrested after seeking medical attention
for a gunshot wound of his own. Both
of his accomplices reportedly remain
at large. Gegelman is recovering from
his injuries. (Bismarck Tribune, Golden
Valley, ND, 3/31/14)

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round 3:15 a.m., homeowner
James Moore woke up and
noticed that some outside lights
had been turned on. When he heard a
noise in the kitchen, he went to investigate, finding a man rummaging through
the refrigerator. Moore quietly backed
out of the kitchen and returned to the
bedroom where he kept his pistol, then
asked his wife to call police and lock the
bedroom door. When deputies arrived at
the Moore home, they found Moore holding the 19-year-old intruder at gunpoint.
The intruder had kicked in two doors
in order to gain entry. A flatbed trailer,
a four-wheeler and a lawn tractor were
also damaged during the incident. The

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intruder was arrested on charges of felony
burglary, malicious injury to property and
underage alcohol consumption. There
were no shots fired and the Moores were
not injured during the break-in. (Local
News 8, Idaho Falls, ID, 4/7/14)

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hen a man entered Lisa's Beer
and Wine with a gun around
9 p.m. and demanded money,
the store clerk complied. He handed over
small bills from the cash register, but the
robber was not satisfied and ordered the
clerk to open the safe. He then demanded
that the clerk kneel on the ground while
he took cigarettes from the store shelves.
That is when the store clerk took action.
He drew a firearm and fired, striking the
robber in the hand. The robber dropped
his gun and fled the scene with cash in
hand. The store clerk remained unharmed.
(Dallas News, Dallas, TX, 4/22/14)

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aphne and Robert Sanford were
asleep when their home alarm
system sounded. Robert got up to
silence the alarm and found a man inside
their home trying to enter the code himself. Police arrived a short time later to find
Sanford holding the 25-year-old perpetrator at gunpoint. Following a brief struggle
with police, the intruder was arrested.
After the incident, the sheriff stated, "The

alarm alerted this family, and their quick
thinking and the protection with their firearm prevented this case from escalating."
(The Leader, Covington, TN, 4/3/14)

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female resident was at home
with her young niece late one
evening when a man she did not
know came to the door. He claimed that
his vehicle had broken down and that he
needed help. The man then pulled a knife
and tried to force his way inside. Fearing
for her safety, and the safety of her niece,
the homeowner drew her gun and fired
several shots. Responding officers found
the 18-year-old intruder's body nearby. He
was pronounced dead a short time later.
Neither the homeowner nor her niece
were harmed during the incident. (WSFA
12 News, Autauga County, AL, 4/4/14)

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eremy Rossetto, 39, was in the
stairwell of an apartment building
when he got into an argument with
two men and a female. One of the men
punched Rossetto. According to police,
one of the three then held Rossetto
down while another beat him with a
baseball bat. Fearing great bodily harm
or death, Rossetto drew a gun he is
licensed to carry and fired, killing two of
the three attackers. (Green Bay PressGazette, Milwaukee, WI, 4/3/14)

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.
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