Armed Citizens Prevail

“He was a big, burly guy,” said 89-year-old Beatrice Turner of the man who allegedly smashed in her front door and entered the home. “He was pulling at his shorts and talking crazy … I always said if they come inside, it’s me or them.” Armed with a .22-cal. revolver, Turner yelled at the man to leave. According to police, the burglar instead advanced on Turner, and she fired a shot in self-defense, narrowly missing her assailant. A neighbor heard the gunshot and phoned police. Officers arrested the burglar in the front yard. “All of [the police officers] were hugging me and telling me how brave I was,” Turner said. The friendly officers even helped Turner reload her gun before leaving. The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, 04/21/10


Police are calling a man lucky to be alive after he attempted to commit burglary in a firearm friendly neighborhood. First he broke into a home owned by Avi Manges, who quickly got her pistol when her barking dogs alerted her to the danger. “I hollered, ‘Who’s there? I’ve got a gun!’” Manges explained. The intruder looked through a window, confirmed Manges was armed and fled. Shortly thereafter, the suspect entered another residence; the homeowner heard a commotion and got his 9 mm pistol. He spotted the suspect, pointed the gun at him and held him for police. “If [the burglar] had threatened them, he would have been shot,” police Sgt. Roderick O’Connor said. “You go busting into a house, they don’t know what your intent is.” According to O’Connor, all the suspect had to say for himself was, “Those guys pointed guns at me. They should be arrested.” The only charges filed were against the suspect. (Glenwood Post, Glenwood, CO, 04/29/10)


A man was enjoying his lunch on a park bench when, according to police, a suspect with a less wholesome agenda spotted him. Clutching a knife, the suspect approached the man and said, “Give me all your money or I’ll stab you!” The mugger grabbed the man and shoved him against a fence. The suspect may have intended to inflict bodily harm on the man, however, he didn’t realize his would-be victim was licensed to carry a firearm. The man drew a handgun and opened fire on the suspect, wounding him. The mugger was to be arrested upon his release from the hospital. (The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT, 04/27/10)


When Michael Lish returned home to find the back door and a window ajar, he entered cautiously with his handgun for protection. As he inspected the home, a man dressed in dark clothing and wielding a sword sprung out at him. Police say the burglar threatened Lish and walked toward him. Lish fired a shot, wounding the burglar who fell to his knees. The burglar reached behind his back in an apparent attempt to grab another weapon, forcing Lish to fire two more shots, killing him. The burglar, who was on probation at the time of his death, was also carrying two illegally possessed guns, a knife and a stun gun. (Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK, 04/03/10)


Two masked men were going door-to-door looking for a home that looked ripe for burglary. They settled on one owned by Carlos Martinez, who was at home with his wife and children. Martinez’s son, Bryan, answered a knock at the door, and the masked burglars thrust it open so forcefully that they damaged the wall inside. The men demanded money and Bryan, a Marine who was home on leave, retreated into the home and alerted his family to the situation. Carlos hurried his wife and daughter into the master bedroom and locked the door. The women hid in the bathroom and Carlos grabbed one of his handguns. The burglars attempted to breech the bedroom door and Carlos fired three shots. The intruders fled the home.(WFTV-TV, Orlando, Fl, 04/27/10)


An elderly couple proved that a firearm is all that’s needed to counteract a burglar’s youth and strength. Police say a 28-year-old thug learned that fact the hard way when he entered their barn toting a crow bar, metal cutters and flashlight. Charles and Kathleen Smith, whose barn had been broken into earlier in the week, stopped to check on the property and spotted the prowler. Kathleen shouted at the prowler not to move and held him with her .22-cal. rifle. The couple called police, who arrested the suspect. Neighbors have expressed much gratitude for the Smiths’ brave actions. (WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY, 04/16/10)


Reprinted with open permission from the NRA’s American Hunter Magazine.

July 20, 2010

Copyright © 2010 National Rifle Association

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One response to “Armed Citizens Prevail

  • SPURWING PLOVER

    This is the kind of news youll never read in your news papers or from the talking heads the positive use of guns for stopping crime No wonder the american public no longer trusts these wretched journalists

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