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    Star Gazette, Elmira, N.Y., 11/11/04
    State: NY
    American Rifleman Issue: 11/1/2004
    When a Windham Township, Penn., homeowner woke up and discovered a burglar in his home, he acted quickly. The homeowner grabbed a gun, and, when confronted by the intruder, shot him. The wounded man fled, but was later found by police at a local hospital.

    Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Tex., 11/29/04
    State: TX
    American Rifleman Issue: 11/1/2004
    Seeing an armed man enter the Dallas, Tex., gas station that had been the scene of prior robberies, a station attendant reacted quickly, retrieving a gun. When the would-be robber aimed his gun at him, the employee shot first, wounding his assailant in the side. Police took the wounded suspect into custody, and believe that he may have been responsible for several other robberies over the past month.

    Texarkana Gazette, Texarkana, Tex., 8/17/04
    State: TX
    American Rifleman Issue: 10/1/2004
    When a Bowie County, Tex., homeowner pulled into the driveway of his home, he caught four burglars red-handed. One of the burglars went outside, and tried to pull a gun, but the homeowner drew a gun he kept in his truck and fired first. The four burglars fled.

    The Sun Herald, Biloxi, MS, 07/27/04
    State: MS
    American Rifleman Issue: 10/1/2004
    A young man was coming out of a bedroom in his grandmother's house in Gulfport, Miss., when he encountered two men who had entered the home. One of the intruders struck the young man on the head. As the victim fell, he grabbed a gun that was hidden under the bed and began firing at the two men, who then fled in a gray Oldsmobile. No one was injured at the house, but at least one victim of the home invasion had been tied up with duct tape, according to police at the scene.

    The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA, 07/09/04
    State: WA
    American Rifleman Issue: 10/1/2004
    Lisa Hansen awoke one morning to the sounds of someone moving around inside her house. Then someone ran up her stairs and attempted to open her bedroom door. "I waited to listen to see how many footsteps I heard," Hansen said. Deciding there was only one intruder, Hansen grabbed her cell phone and reached for a gun she keeps under her bed. She ran out of the room, confronted the burglar and held him at gunpoint until police arrived. The would-be burglar turned out to be a teenager who lives in the neighborhood and had previously done some lawn work for Hansen. The teen said he had entered her home only because he saw a man in there, but Hansen did not believe the explanation. Police later discovered a checkbook belonging to Hansen's cousin in the boy's pocket.

    The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego, CA, 07/12/04
    State: CA
    American Rifleman Issue: 10/1/2004
    A Pacific Beach, Calif., resident heard someone breaking into his home at 1:52 a.m. Fearing for his wife and young child's safety, the homeowner retrieved a gun and fired at the intruder, who suffered a wound to his ankle and fled the scene. Police apprehended the suspect, took him for medical treatment and then to jail.

    Washington Times, Washington, D.C., 10/13/04
    State: AL
    American Rifleman Issue: 10/1/2004
    A homeowner in Shelby, Ala., found four men breaking into his home, so he retrieved a gun, fired and wounded one man. The four burglars fled, and the wounded suspect was later taken to a hospital, where he was taken into custody. It was later learned the man was one of four inmates who had escaped from a Georgia prison.

    Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe, N.M., 10/11/04
    State: NM
    American Rifleman Issue: 10/1/2004
    When a Rio Rancho, N.M., homeowner spotted a prowler outside his home, he got a gun and went to investigate. He followed the intruder to the back yard, where the man fired a gun at him. The homeowner returned fire, killing the assailant.

    The Trentonian, Trenton, N.J., 9/25/04
    State: NJ
    American Rifleman Issue: 10/1/2004
    When an argument outside aTrenton, N.J., lounge escalated with one man pulling a retired police officer Earl Hill drew his 9 mm Glock he had a permit to carry, and ordered the man to drop his gun. When he refused, Hill fired, wounding the assailant and forcing him to flee. The suspect was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo., 8/25/04
    State: MO
    American Rifleman Issue: 9/1/2004
    A St. Louis, Mo., homeowner retrieved a handgun before answering an early morning knock on his back door. A man standing outside first asked for gasoline, then forced his way in, shocking the resident with an electric stun gun. The homeowner fired one shot, fatally wounding the assailant. Police said the shooting was apparently justified.

    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y., 8/2/04
    State: NY
    American Rifleman Issue: 9/1/2004
    When his wife alerted him that two armed robbers had carried out a robbery in the area, a Webster, N.Y., homeowner armed himself with his .45-caliber handgun. When one of the robbers tried to get in the home, the resident surprised him and held him at gun point until police arrived. The robber's accomplice was later arrested.

    Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Mich., 7/7/04
    State: MI
    American Rifleman Issue: 9/1/2004
    When a man walked into Leon Moody's Grand Rapids, Mich., store and pointed a gun in his face, and demanded money, Moody did not comply. He drew his own gun and fired, hitting the robber in the arm. The man fled, but was arrested within an hour as he sought treatment for his wound.

    Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., 7/23/04
    State: VA
    American Rifleman Issue: 9/1/2004
    David Lee Gammon awoke to a car smashing into the porch of his Pittsylvania, Va., home at two in the morning. He retrieved a gun just as three armed intruders broke in and started shooting at him. Gammon returned fire, forcing the intruders to flee. One of them was later found dead of a gunshot wound, and a second was arrested by police.

    Casper Star-Tribune, Casper, WY, 04/24/04
    State: WY
    American Rifleman Issue: 8/1/2004
    When they heard two fugitives were on the loose in their Paradise Valley, Wyoming, neighborhood, Eugene Summers and his stepson, Bobby Allison, armed themselves with a shovel and a gun and took a look around Summers' property. They discovered the two men hiding under a tarp in Summers' shop. One of the crooks snatched a crowbar off the wall and swung it at Summers, who responded by hitting the man in the head with his gun. When the accomplice approached Summers' stepson, Allison whacked him with his shovel. "They minded a lot better after that," Summers reported. Police arrived soon after and led the pair of criminals away in handcuffs. The men, identified as Christopher Sylvester and Joel Schott, were charged with buying and receiving stolen property and criminal entry.

    The Blade, Toledo, OH, 05/18/04
    State: OH
    American Rifleman Issue: 8/1/2004
    During the entire robbery, Habib Howard focused on the gun pointed at him. The intruder had entered Howard's Carryout just moments before, walked to the back, picked up a 12-pack of beer, and brought it to the cash register where Howard had just relieved a female employee. Before Howard could ask for an ID required to purchase the beer, the man drew a handgun, pointed it at Howard, and demanded money. Howard complied, opening the cash register and trying to back away. The robber demanded Howard place the money on the counter. Again he complied and then stepped back. As he took the money and began backing out of the store, the robber raised his gun. Howard responded by drawing his own gun and shooting the gunman, who fled the store. The gunman and an accomplice, identified as Jose Custodia-Mota and Alberto Martinez, respectively, were apprehended and charged with aggravated robbery.

    Bangor Daily News, Bangor, ME, 06/21/04
    State: ME
    American Rifleman Issue: 8/1/2004
    Shop Rite clerk Abdrab Ashishi was preparing to close the convenience store for the night when a man dressed in black and wearing a white Halloween mask moved behind the counter. The masquerader, later identified as career criminal David Billups, pointed what appeared to be a gun at Ashishi, who retrieved a handgun and fired several shots at Billups, killing him. Hamilton County prosecutor Mike Allen commented that Ashishi was within his rights. "He did what he had the legal right to do: He got his weapon and fired," said Allen.

    The Register-Guard, Eugene, OR, 06/25/04
    State: OR
    American Rifleman Issue: 8/1/2004
    Three people in a black Cadillac pulled into the Fuel-N-Go in Coburg, Oregon, about 11:35 p.m. One man got out of the vehicle and entered the convenience store. Motioning as though he had a gun in his sweatshirt, he demanded money from the store clerk, who gave him about $200 in cash. Apparently dissatisfied, the robber threatened to kill her. The clerk then drew her own gun, and the man ran out to the parking lot where he fought with a male attendant. Meanwhile, the clerk followed the thug outside and, when he motioned again to indicate he was armed, she fired a shot that blew out the Cadillac's back window. The robber then jumped into the car, and the threesome took off as remnants of their ill-gotten gains floated through the air. Two men and a woman surrendered to a police canine unit soon after. Knives were seized during their arrest, and the three faced first-degree robbery charges.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, GA, 06/21/04
    State: GA
    American Rifleman Issue: 8/1/2004
    A man attempting to carjack a Cadillac DeVille from a gas station was shot and killed by the car owner. Brian Dean told DeKalb County, Georgia, police that when he stopped at a gas station on Glenwood Road about 3 a.m., an armed man approached and attempted to steal his car. Dean drew his own gun and shot the would-be carjacker, later identified as Banarrek Von Clayton, in the leg. Von Clayton managed to drive a short distance in the Cadillac, but succumbed to his wounds and crashed into a utility pole a few feet away.

    The Town Talk, Alexandria, LA, 06/21/04
    State: LA
    American Rifleman Issue: 8/1/2004
    Samuel 'Lucky' Parker didn't live up to his name when he was shot and killed during a store robbery -- his second of the night. Parker had robbed a Texaco station just a half hour before entering the Sunrise Mart. Near closing time, Tamer Abdulwahab and his cousin, Abdulwahab Zeidan, were standing at the counter. Parker entered wearing dark clothing, a face mask, and a single glove. Abdulwahab thought it was some sort of prank until the masked man pulled a gun, aimed it at his cousin, and demanded money. Abdulwahab slipped out of sight long enough to draw his own gun and point it at Parker. Zeidan had been frozen behind the register, but when Parker cocked his gun, Zeidan slipped and fell. Parker then fired several shots, which hit the cash register just above Zeidan's head. Abdulwahab fired at Parker, striking him twice. Realizing his luck had run out, Parker fled the store. Authorities later found his body in a nearby ditch. Neither cousin was injured, and when police recovered Parker's pistol, they found it had jammed after he fired five rounds. "He was shooting at my cousin, my blood," said Abdulwahab. "We are lucky to be here."

    The Town Talk, Alexandria, La., 6/21/04
    State: LA
    American Rifleman Issue: 8/1/2004
    Tamer Abdulwahab and his cousin, Abdulwahab Zeidan, were at the counter of the Alexandria, La., convenience store where they work when a man came in and pulled out a gun. Abdulwahab stepped out of sight and drew his gun. When the man fired at Zeidan, Abdulwahab returned fire, striking the would-be robber twice. The fatally wounded suspect fled.

    The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, Calif., 7/31/04
    State: CA
    American Rifleman Issue: 8/1/2004
    When two gunmen accosted a resident near his Indio, Calif., home, and shot him in the leg, they quickly had the tables turned on them. A housemate returned fire with a gun of his own, wounding one of the gunmen, and sending both fleeing. Responding officers later arrested the suspects after a brief car chase.

    Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Ut., 8/6/04
    State: UT
    American Rifleman Issue: 8/1/2004
    A Salt Lake City, Utah, homeowner noticed that the pet door in his front door was being used by something other than a pet, and quickly reacted. He retrieved a gun and fired one shot, wounding the intruder, who soon was taken into custody.

    Polk County News-Chief, Polk County, Fla., 8/11/04
    State: FL
    American Rifleman Issue: 8/1/2004
    Two armed robbers thought that because a woman was behind the counter of a Lake Alfred, Fla., store, it would be an easy heist. Instead, Judy Foster reacted to their demand of money from a clerk by retrieving her gun and firing three shots, fatally wounding one of the suspects. The other suspect was later arrested and charged with attempted robbery and second-degree murder.

    Birmingham News, Birmingham, Ala., 8/7/04
    State: AL
    American Rifleman Issue: 8/1/2004
    A robber armed with a fake gun found out he picked the wrong victim in a Birmingham, Ala., hotel. Instead of complying with the thief's demands, the would-be victim drew a real gun. The robber fled, but was soon captured by police.

    Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Ind., 8/15/04
    State: IN
    American Rifleman Issue: 8/1/2004
    Maurico Trujillo was working in his father's Castleton, Ind., grocery store when two armed robbers entered. After one of the robbers told his partner to shoot Trujillo, the clerk retrieved his own gun, and in an exchange of gunfire, killed one of the robbers. Police said Trujillo would not face charges, because he apparently acted in self-defense.

    The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, IN, 4/4/04
    State: IN
    American Rifleman Issue: 7/1/2004
    George Finch, 75, was sleeping in his recliner when he heard the sounds of glass breaking. Someone had broken a back window and was now entering his home. Finch then got his gun and encountered the interloper in his kitchen. "He stepped into the kitchen and he [the intruder] was right there. My dad told him to stop," Finch's daughter, Debbie Skaggs, recalls her father telling her. Finch told her the man 'just kept coming' so he fired one shot, hitting the would-be thief in the leg. The wounded man, later identified by police as Kevin Richardson, made his escape through the same window he had entered, ran a short distance and collapsed. Richardson, who died shortly thereafter, had a history of theft, trespass and prostitution arrests.

    Detroit Free Press, Detroit, MI, 4/29/04
    State: MI
    American Rifleman Issue: 7/1/2004
    Barbara Holland closed her used car lot for the day and drove home. She had checked to make sure the handgun she has carried since 1992 was loaded after a strange encounter at the car lot left her feeling uneasy. Holland pulled the car into the driveway and, as she entered her side door, Holland bent down to retrieve something she had dropped. Suddenly a man armed with a gun came rushing at her. Holland tried to slam her door on him, but the man shoved the door open and Holland fell back on her landing. Lying on her back, Holland snatched her pistol from its holster, ready to protect herself and her 15-year-old daughter who was home at the time. Her assailant's glare changed. "He looked surprised," she says. Holland recalls firing three times, but authorities later confirmed six shots. Police identified Holland's attacker, who died at the scene, as an ex-con named Clabe Hunt.

    Mobile Register, Mobile, AL, 4/14/04
    State: Al
    American Rifleman Issue: 7/1/2004
    Ronnie Breland and his son, Joshua, drove out to some property the family owned after a neighbor warned them that trespassers had been seen in the area. Breland drove a pickup truck, and his son rode beside him, armed with a 9 mm pistol. Breland discovered two men standing by a truck hidden in some trees. As the Brelands approached the trespassers, one man crawled deeper into the woods as the other raised his arm, holding a gun in his hand. Joshua Breland raised his gun in response. When his father yelled to the interloper, "Hit the ground or you're dead," the younger Breland said the man hit the dirt immediately, and the other man crawled back out of the woods on his belly. "I held them at gunpoint while my dad duct-taped their hands and feet," Joshua said. "Duct tape was all we had." Mobile County Sheriff's Department deputies picked up the two men, charging them with manufacturing methamphetamine and second-degree criminal trespass.

    The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash., 7/9/04
    State: WA
    American Rifleman Issue: 7/1/2004
    When Lisa Hansen woke up to the sounds of strange footsteps in her Spokane Valley, Wash., home, she kept her cool. After ascertaining that there was only one intruder, she retrieved her cell phone and a gun and confronted the burglar, holding him for police with the assistance of a neighbor, who was an off-duty sheriff's deputy.

    Jefferson Post, West Jefferson, NC, 02/17/04
    State: NC
    American Rifleman Issue: 6/1/2004
    Paul Ham and his son, Jimmy, entered a mobile home on their property to repair a water leak for tenant Kevin Clark. As they walked in, the Hams encountered a couple staying with Clark, William and Kristina Tuell. William Tuell immediately began shooting at the Hams, hitting the elder Ham in the head and shooting Jimmy Ham in the face. Both Hams then ran for their house, with Tuell and his wife on their heels. The attack continued in the Hams' home as Tuell and his wife attempted to shoot the entire Ham family. Kristina Tuell was wrestled to the ground by Ham's daughter, Sherry, but managed to escape. Though wounded, Jimmy Ham finally managed to secure a gun and kill Tuell with one shot. Kristina Tuell was later arrested after a massive manhunt and faces multiple charges, including attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

    The Salinas Californian, Salinas, CA, 03/23/04
    State: CA
    American Rifleman Issue: 6/1/2004
    Two men and one woman broke into the apartment of a 20-year-old college student at 5:48 a.m. One invader was armed with a pellet gun, and the three overpowered the resident and tied him up. As the intruders began to ransack the apartment, the student was able to free himself and get hold of his handgun. He fired three shots, hitting one of the burglars in the chest, and then ran from the apartment and called for help. Police discovered the body of one suspect, identified as Juan Herrera, on the stairs leading to the apartment. The other two suspects had not been apprehended.
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    The Salinas Californian, Salinas, CA, 03/23/04
    State: CA
    American Rifleman Issue: 6/1/2004
    Two men and one woman broke into the apartment of a 20-year-old college student at 5:48 a.m. One invader was armed with a pellet gun, and the three overpowered the resident and tied him up. As the intruders began to ransack the apartment, the student was able to free himself and get hold of his handgun. He fired three shots, hitting one of the burglars in the chest, and then ran from the apartment and called for help. Police discovered the body of one suspect, identified as Juan Herrera, on the stairs leading to the apartment. The other two suspects had not been apprehended.

    The Daily Oakland Press, Pontiac, MI, 03/20/04
    State: MI
    American Rifleman Issue: 6/1/2004
    At 6:30 in the morning, a woman was walking from her car to her office when she noticed a car on the lot with two people inside. A man got out of the car and started toward her, his hands in his pockets. The woman realized she would not be able to reach the office door before the man reached her. Believing she was in imminent danger, the married mother of two opened her purse and drew her gun. The man reacted immediately, turning and walking back to the car, which had pulled up alongside him. The man got into the car and it sped off. Thinking quickly, the woman called police on her cell phone and provided a detailed description of the car and the couple, who were picked up within minutes of the attempted robbery. A 9mm handgun was found in the couple's car and they were charged with attempted armed robbery. Farmington Hills, Michigan, Police Chief William Dwyer, who had not been a proponent of the state's recently enacted concealed carry law, said the situation had changed his view. "She took the appropriate action," Dwyer said, "and probably saved her life."

    Anderson Independent-Mail, Anderson, SC, 03/09/04
    State: SC
    American Rifleman Issue: 6/1/2004
    Lance Myers of Anderson, South Carolina, awoke around midnight to a thumping sound. He then heard a shuffling sound and saw a man crawling into his bedroom. Alarmed, Myers switched on a light beside his bed and the man, dressed in a black hooded shirt and jeans, jumped to his feet, holding an ax with a 3-foot handle. Myers hastily retrieved a gun from his nightstand and told the intruder to drop the ax. When he repeated his demand to drop the ax, the man raised the ax higher and appeared to come at Myers, who fired one fatal shot, dropping the man instantly. Police identified the suspect as Ernest Leroy Miles, who had been arrested multiple times for burglaries, robberies, and drug offenses.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle, WA, 02/21/04
    State: WA
    American Rifleman Issue: 5/1/2004
    The only crime jewelry store owner Gilbert Dorland previously experienced in his shop was the occasional shoplifter trying to steal an antique watch. But he reacted quickly when two armed men attempted to rob his store. The men, wearing bandannas over their faces, entered Western Jewelry and Coin at 4:19 p.m. Both drew guns and called out, "Nobody move." Dorland didn't heed that warning and drew his own gun, firing at the masked bandits and injuring one. Dorland and a friend who was in the store at the time of the robbery attempt were not injured. The would-be robbers fled in a dark green Jeep Cherokee. Police said that a man suffering from a gunshot wound later pulled into a local hospital in a vehicle matching that description.

    Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL, 01/07/04
    State: AL
    American Rifleman Issue: 5/1/2004
    Michael Spearman heard an unusual noise in his house one morning and went to investigate. Spearman discovered two men rummaging through his gun cabinet. The homeowner had armed himself with a .357 Mag. revolver and, when he confronted the intruders, shot at one would-be burglar, who fled. Spearman then held the other man at gunpoint until sheriff's deputies arrived. "I didn't know what to think when I saw two men in my house," Spearman recalled. "One kept advancing at me; I had to do something." Sheriff Herbie Johnson praised Spearman's quick thinking. "Every person has the right to defend themselves and their homes," Johnson said. "This man had the presence of mind to handle the situation. He captured one suspect and was able to give us a good description of the other." Johnson said Spearman's actions might help them solve several burglary investigations.

    Tampa Tribune, Tampa, FL, 01/10/04
    State: FL
    American Rifleman Issue: 5/1/2004
    A liquor store clerk thwarted a robbery attempt at Latam Wines & Liquor in Tampa, Fla., when he grabbed a gun kept under the counter and aimed it at the crook. The robbery attempt occurred at 8:30 p.m. when a man wearing a bandanna over his face entered the liquor store. The masked man approached the counter and pointed a gun at the clerk who, in turn, pulled out a gun and aimed it at the would-be robber. The masked man fled the store without shots being fired and took off in a late model Camaro or Trans Am. Three other men were in the vehicle when it sped off, according to police.

    Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA, 01/08/04
    State: CA
    American Rifleman Issue: 5/1/2004
    Ivory Grayson responded to a knock at his front door early one morning. The young man on his doorstep asked for Grayson's grandson. The 65-year-old homeowner replied that his grandson was not there. During the conversation at his front door, Grayson noticed a second man trying to hide from view. When the two men returned and knocked on his door again, Grayson retrieved a handgun before answering. Both men were armed, and they forced their way into the home. Grayson took cover behind a living room chair and "a gun battle ensued," reported Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Justin Risley. Grayson exchanged gunfire with one of the armed intruders and killed the gunman. He then exchanged fire with the second man at the front of the house, until the intruder fled.

    Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX, 12/03/03
    State: TX
    American Rifleman Issue: 4/1/2004
    Three men entered a Houston, Texas, plumbing business and attempted to rob the proprietor, Andrea McNabb, who was in a back office. When confronted by the men, McNabb drew a gun and shot two of the miscreants. All three men ran from the store. One suspect was arrested after stealing a car and driving himself to the hospital for medical assistance. A second man suffering a gunshot wound to the leg was picked up within two blocks of the crime scene. The third suspect was not located.

    Rockford Register Star, Rockford, IL, 11/19/03
    State: IL
    American Rifleman Issue: 3/1/2004
    Mario Cassola and his sister Lia Mercuri, co-owners of Vinny's Pizza in Rockford, Ill., are no strangers to crime. One of their deliverymen has been beaten and robbed, and their restaurant had been burglarized. When two armed men burst into the pizzeria one Monday night, the brother-sister team fought back and won. After the men entered the establishment, one man began beating Cassola about the head with a hammer while the second man aimed a rifle at him. Cassola shook off the blows and grabbed his assailant, then used him as a human shield against the man with the rifle. While her brother held the men's attention, Mercuri pulled out a gun and began firing. The two bandits fled empty-handed. Police later recovered the hammer and rifle and arrested Michael Buck and Vaughn Gulley in connection with the crime.

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, PA, 01/04/04
    State: PA
    American Rifleman Issue: 3/1/2004
    Two men entered Ann's Market one night in an apparent robbery attempt, and one of them was shot by a store employee. Inside the store, one of the would-be robbers brandished a handgun. Upon seeing the gun, the clerk on duty pulled a firearm and shot his assailant. The accomplice then fled the store. The wounded crook faces robbery and firearms violations charges -- once he is released from the hospital.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, 10/30/03
    State: PA
    American Rifleman Issue: 1/1/2004
    Norman Woodall shot and killed one of two men who broke into his home around 1:40 a.m. Woodall told police that one of the men had been armed with a gun when the two kicked open his front door and stormed in, apparently intending to rob him. Woodall struggled with the would-be robbers and fired his own gun, striking one of the men in the face and causing the second man to flee. The wounded assailant, later identified as Darnell Woodward, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Antelope Valley Press, Palmdale, CA, 09/21/03
    State: CA
    American Rifleman Issue: 1/1/2004
    Two armed men entered Shamrock Liquor in Quartz Hill, Calif., wearing black masks over their faces. One of the masked bandits pointed a gun at the clerk on duty, who reached into a drawer by the counter, pulled a gun and fired at the men, hitting one would-be robber in the chest. The suspects fled the store, and a man fitting the description of the wounded robber was later located at a nearby hospital where he was being treated for a bullet wound to the chest. The second suspect was not located.

    The Forum, Fargo, ND, 10/30/03
    State: ND
    American Rifleman Issue: 1/1/2004
    Kim Fedje shot and killed two dogs that had viciously attacked a herd of 13 llamas in her care before turning and charging her. Fedje was out on her morning rounds feeding the animals. As she approached the llamas, she noticed they were huddled together in a defensive stance. That’s when she saw two dogs circling the herd. When she called out to the llamas, the dogs turned in her direction. "I could hear them growling from 40 yards away," Fedje recalled. "They were making a beeline for me. I thought I was dead." Fedje reacted by firing her rifle at the attacking dogs. The first dog fell after two or three shots, the second dog continued toward her until she had emptied her gun. Fedje called her fiancé who went back out with her to examine the animals. All 13 llamas had suffered dog bites. The dogs, a labrador/rottweiler mix, belonged to a neighbor who had taken them out for a walk the night before. Both animals had run off into a cornfield and did not return.

    News and Record, Greensboro, NC, 10/17/03
    State: NC
    American Rifleman Issue: 1/1/2004
    Action Video store manager Ron Simpson says he knows guns. And he knew the “gun” pointed at him in a store robbery was fake. A man had approached the counter and pulled a gun from his waistband, demanding money. Simpson, a Vietnam vet and gun aficionado, said the gun resembled a 9 mm, but the muzzle was far too small to project a bullet. "That is not a real gun," Simpson said. "This is a real gun," he added, pulling a .25-cal. handgun from his pocket. Simpson then used a cordless phone to call the authorities. Caught in his 'fake out,' the unarmed bandit fled when Simpson called the police.

    Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas, NV, 09/18/03
    State: NV
    American Rifleman Issue: 12/1/2003
    A Las Vegas, Nev., woman shot and killed her next-door neighbor, whom she had previously caught burglarizing her home. Felipe Starks was trying to evade police officers, who wanted him in connection with a string of burglaries and a parole violation, by using a crawl space above the two apartments. The woman had just stepped out of her shower when Starks crashed through her ceiling. Fearing for her life, she picked up a gun she had purchased after the burglary in April, and fired several shots at Starks, who ran back into his apartment. Police took him into custody, but he later died of his wounds. Las Vegas homicide Lt. Tom Monahan said it appeared the woman had cause to fear for her life. "If a man fell through the ceiling right after you're getting out of the shower -- I'm told she had just finished drying off -- I think it's reasonable that you would be terrified," he said.

    The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA, 08/31/03
    State: CA
    American Rifleman Issue: 12/1/2003
    A bank robbery went awry when the suspects crashed their getaway car in a Sacramento, Calif., suburb and took off running to evade authorities. Ed Tippets was in his back yard, watching several helicopters bear down on his neighborhood, obviously searching for someone, when he noticed his dog, Charley, was acting strange. "That's when I decided to get armed," he told authorities. Tippets recalled that he went to the back of his house to load his gun and then began searching room to room. Moving toward the kitchen, Tippets noticed a shoulder in the doorway of his laundry room. "I saw a pistol pointing at me, so I started firing," he said. The homeowner then ran outside where he was ordered to the ground by police. The suspect, later identified as Jermain Blair, fled the house and tried to escape by jumping several fences. Blair confronted two police officers who had given chase and was shot in the leg. A police task force is investigating 13 other local bank robberies that may be linked to Blair.

    The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT, 09/12/03
    State: UT
    American Rifleman Issue: 12/1/2003
    An Orem, Utah, man nearly had his ticket punched when he attempted to rob a Greyhound bus station. The man handed the clerk at the station a note demanding money. The clerk, who has a CCW permit, drew a gun and held the would-be robber at gunpoint until authorities arrived. The suspect was charged with attempted robbery and public intoxication.

    San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio, TX, 08/28/03
    State: TX
    American Rifleman Issue: 11/1/2003
    A home invasion in San Antonio, Texas, ended when the invader, James Adam Garcia, was killed by the homeowner, Richard Gomez, Sr. Gomez's son, Richard, Jr., told police he had been in the living room watching TV when someone knocked at the door. When Gomez answered, a man pushed his way inside saying, "This is a jack." The intruder, later identified as Garcia, then repeated the phrase before shooting the younger Gomez in the leg. Garcia then ordered the wounded man toward the back of the house. The elder Gomez was in a bedroom with his wife when he heard the gunshot. He grabbed a .357-cal. revolver and left the bedroom to investigate. When Garcia saw Gomez, Sr., he fired at him, striking the elder Gomez in the chest. The homeowner then raised his gun and fired two shots at Garcia, killing him.

    The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN, 08/27/03
    State: IN
    American Rifleman Issue: 11/1/2003
    A Fort Wayne, Ind., liquor store clerk did more than cover for a coworker when he worked an extra shift one Monday night. He may have saved the lives of everyone in the store. The employee had come to work at the Cap 'n Cork liquor store armed with a gun he carries for personal protection as he rides a bike to and from the job. According to police reports, a man entered the liquor store carrying a rifle, which he then fired into the air in an apparent robbery attempt. The armed employee then pulled his own gun and fatally shot the would-be robber. A possible accomplice of the gunman fled the store after the shooting.

    Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 07/31/03
    State: FL
    American Rifleman Issue: 11/1/2003
    A Pompano Beach, Fla., jewelry store owner, Alfredo Guido, was buzzing in a customer when four masked men pushed their way into the store. The owner's son, Meliton Guido, grabbed a handgun from under the counter and hid behind the cash register. One of the masked intruders then pointed a gun at the store owner's head. Another of the armed bandits saw that the younger Guido was armed and fired at him. The owner's son fired back and struck one of the assailants. The son then yelled for his father to jump over the counter and, as he did, the four robbers tried to leave the store; but the door was locked. The younger Guido hit the buzzer, and the men fled empty-handed. The wounded robber collapsed outside the store and later died. Police were still searching for the other suspects.

    Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas, NV, 10/05/05
    State: nv
    American Rifleman Issue: 1/1/2006
    According to police, 82-year-old L.G. Von Zehner was washing his car when a gun-wielding thug approached him and demanded cash. Zehner complied by handing over an empty wallet and informing the robber that his money was at home. The man got inside Zehner's car and demanded that they drive to Zehner's home. But rather than grant the suspect his wish, Zehner grabbed his own firearm and shot him. The robber returned fire, but died inside the car. Zehner was shot in the chest and was recovering at a hospital where he was listed in serious condition. Police later captured an accomplice whom they said removed the robber's gun from his body and threw it onto a nearby roof. He was charged with robbery, kidnapping and attempted murder.

    Bucks County Courier Times, Levittown, PA, 08/26/05
    State: pa
    American Rifleman Issue: 12/1/2005
    At first, nothing seemed unusual about the man inquiring about a DVD player at a Bucks County, Pa., pawnshop and check-cashing business. But 10 minutes minutes after he left, he returned with two accomplices, one of whom pointed a gun at the store owner. When a female employee sought refuge behind a steel door, the gun-toting man fired several shots at her. Outnumbered, the store owner drew his gun and fired, striking two of the intruders, including the man who was armed. One suspect lay injured on the floor until paramedics arrived, while his accomplices fled only to be apprehended by police. The store owner suffered a gunshot wound to his hand. "Certainly this should send a message to anyone who wants to carry out a crime in Bucks County that you can't go around terrorizing people. You may find yourself on the other end ...," said District Attorney Diane Gibbons.

    Savannah Morning News, Savannah, GA, 08/25/05
    State: ga
    American Rifleman Issue: 12/1/2005
    Following the burglary of her apartment, a Georgia woman refused to be victimized again. She purchased a firearm for protection, and it was not a moment too soon. Police say that a man began climbing into her bathroom window late one night, but she was able to fend him off with her gun by shooting him several times. He stumbled out of die apartment and forced his way into an occupied BMW. The driver later told police that the suspect said, "I need a ride to the hospital because I've been shot. Don't stop because I'm going to jail." Upon his release from the hospital, police planned to charge the alleged burglar, whom they also considered a suspect in the previous break-in at the woman's apartment.

    Detroit Free Press, Detroit, MI, 09/13/05
    State: mi
    American Rifleman Issue: 12/1/2005
    What sounded like an explosion outside a Michigan mans home set off a bizarre chain of events. According to police, when the homeowner looked out his window around 2 a.m., he saw that a Jeep had crashed into his garage. Armed with a handgun, he went outside and found a man trying to dislodge the vehicle. A yelling match ensued and the man drove off, but returned with his lights off. The homeowner, fearful diat the driver was trying to hit him or run him over, hid ; behind a car, and the suspect accelerated and smashed into it twice. The homeowner then fired four shots at the Jeep, but his gun jammed, so he ran inside to retrieve another firearm while his wife and neighbors phoned police. When the homeowner returned, the driver of the Jeep accelerated toward him so he fired two more shots at the vehicle. The driver, whose vehicle was riddled with bullet holes, then left the subdivision and was apprehended by police.

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    Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain't so.

    -Mark Twain

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    It's a WAR out there..stinkin scumbags! TNX Ishi for the posts..it really cheered me up to see that the good guys are taking control
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    Thanks for sharing these. These are always one of my favorite things to read in the American Rifleman magazine. Ishi, another reason to join NRA?
    David

    The only person available to protect you 24 hours a day is you.

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    Jc40

    I also get the magizine with my NRA membership.They are definately great stories that show the good guys do win sometimes.

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    Funny how these are not news worthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwo51 View Post
    Funny how these are not news worthy.
    kwo51, every single one of these came from a newspaper...
    Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain't so.

    -Mark Twain

  9. Are we out of touch with reality?

    It is ironic that with hundreds of real life instances of individuals using firearms to protect thier homes and families, the media is convinced that what we really want to know about is what is Brittney Spears doing this week. Could it be possable that the media may be out of touch with reality?

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    I understand that section q page 24. This should be front page stuff. Bad guy 0, good guys 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magistrate PO View Post
    It is ironic that with hundreds of real life instances of individuals using firearms to protect thier homes and families, the media is convinced that what we really want to know about is what is Brittney Spears doing this week. Could it be possable that the media may be out of touch with reality?
    Don't look now, but the FCC is trying to make it easier for MegaCorp media companies to buy up radio stations in competing markets. That means more Brittney Spears and less hard news (I presume because hard news is depressing, and doesn't make people want to buy things). Kudos to Sen. Orrin Hatch for fighting the FCC plans.
    Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain't so.

    -Mark Twain

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