The Armed Citizen

NRA.org, 07/10/17 –

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A Good Samaritan saved the day by pulling a gun on a would-be robber near Memphis, Tenn. A parking attendant had tried to do a good deed by walking a woman to her car. As they neared her vehicle, an armed assailant attacked the attendant and pushed him to the ground. As the bad guy began to rummage through the attendant’s pockets, an armed citizen saw what was happening. The passerby pulled his gun and told the assailant to freeze. The hooligan said he was unarmed, then jumped into a waiting van to flee. The attendant suffered minor injuries but was said to be fine. (fox13memphis.com, Memphis, TN, 4/21/17)

From the Armed Citizen® Archives, July 1962
A man entered a liquor store in Los Angeles, ran behind the counter waving a 20” butcher knife and demanded that the clerk, Nathan Dorman, give him money. Dorman reached under the counter for a .45 and fired six shots at point-blank range, killing his assailant. (Los Angeles Examiner, Los Angeles, CA)

July 7, 2017 –

More than cigarettes can kill you, as one attempted robber found out. A convenience store clerk stepped out of her shop at 3:50 a.m. one morning in St. Louis to take a smoke break. As she was standing behind the building, an armed man approached and attempted to rob her. The worker—who carried for defensive purposes, especially if she worked the overnight shift—pulled a gun and fired three shots, killing the stranger who accosted her. The employee was shot twice in the leg during the confrontation, and she was taken to a hospital, where she was treated. (stltoday.com, St. Louis, MO, 4/25/17)

The Armed Citizen® Extra
Early one evening, three robbers entered a Quiznos restaurant, locked the doors behind them and produced two handguns. While one of the robbers was attempting to get money from the register, the other two tried to get into the back room. Meanwhile, one of the employees had barricaded herself behind the door in the back room. She then began to fire her own gun around the edge of the door at the robbers. A round hit one of the criminals while the other two fled. (The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT, 6/21/17)

From the Armed Citizen® Archives, July 1959
Three youths, free on bond while awaiting trial on six breaking and entering charges, were surprised by Sam Lovelace as they tried to burglarize his Shelby, N.C., service station. Lovelace fired one shotgun blast, killing one of the robbers. The fleeing accomplices were quickly picked up by the sheriff’s office. (Greensboro Daily News, Shelby, NC)

June 30th

Sometimes a bad guy who doesn’t heed a warning pays the price. That was the case in Pittsburgh when a man, who was armed with a crowbar, broke into a home. The resident confronted the intruder, told him to lie face down on the ground and said that police were on their way. Rather than complying, the interloper raised the crowbar and charged the armed citizen, who—after a brief scuffle—fired his gun and shot the assailant in the leg. (WPXI, Pittsburgh, PA, 4/4/17)

The Armed Citizen® Extra
Early one evening, a family of four was at home when a young woman, posing as an official from the homeowners association, knocked on the door and asked the female resident some generic questions. The woman waved to a male accomplice in the car, who then approached the home. When the female resident noticed the approaching man, who was masked and armed, she immediately locked the door and screamed for her husband. The male intruder ignored her and proceeded to kick in the front door, but upon gaining entry was shot and killed by the husband. The female accomplice was found shortly after and arrested on charges of first-degree burglary and criminal conspiracy. The homeowner was not charged. (The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC, 3/15/17)

From the Armed Citizen® Archives, June 1972
Hearing his wife’s screams, Albert Backofen grabbed a 12-ga. shotgun from the rear of his Springfield, Mass., grocery and ran to the front. A masked gunman took one look at the shotgun, pocketed his handgun, and begged “Don’t shoot,” then ran off before police arrived. (Springfield Union, Springfield, MA)

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