The Armed Citizen® May 19, 2011

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posted on May 19, 2011
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Pike County, Ohio, prosecutor Rob Junk made it easy for a journalist investigating a burglary. In fact, the entire story was essentially one long quote from the prosecutor. "[The armed citizen] was in his home, minding his own business, when these two individuals busted in, at least one of them armed," Junk said. "They trained a gun on him and threatened to kill him. The citizen later had marks on his body where they beat him." The homeowner retrieved a rifle and shot at the men, killing one of them. "The bottom line is that [the criminal] would be alive if he had chosen to obey the law and not burglarize people's houses," said Junk. "Most of our Pike County residents have guns. I have several. If somebody broke into my house, threatened me, my wife and my 5-year-old daughter, I would shoot them dead. Most people around here feel the same way." (Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth, OH, 02/15/11)

The Armed Citizen Extra

The owner of an Ohio storage unit was startled to find two men rummaging through his belongings. The owner grabbed a handgun and held both of the men at gunpoint until the police arrived. Both men were taken into custody, and they claimed they were trying to emulate the actions on a reality TV show "American Pickers." (Dayton Daily News, Dayton, OH, 03/01/11)

From The Armed Citizen Archive

May 1980: About midnight, John Hamlin and his wife gathered the day's receipts, closed their Petersburg, Va., store and went to their nearby car. When the car door opened and the interior light came on, a man crouched in the back fired a pistol at Hamlin. Though suffering a chest wound, the storekeeper pulled his gun and shot his intended murderer. The highway robber died soon thereafter from 2 cal. .38 bullet wounds. (Richmond-Times Dispatch)

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