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The Armed Citizen® October 2009

Police say an 18-year-old carjacker approached August Peters, 74, as he exited his vehicle. "Give me your car or I'll kill you," the carjacker said, putting a knife to Peters' throat. Luckily for Peters, he had an item that made him the physical equal of his youthful adversary-a firearm.

The Armed Citizen® February 2010

When a woman knocked on the door, Donald Kaighn--an NRA member, World War II veteran and gun collector--opened it. Her car had broken down so Kaighn allowed the woman inside to use the phone, a favor she returned by spraying the 84-year-old's face with lighter fluid and hitting him in the head with the can.

The Armed Citizen® April 2010

NRA member Robert Cole and his wife, Pam, had just started to doze off one evening when they heard breaking glass and their motion detector alarm as it went off. Then Cole heard someone in the living room.

The Armed Citizen May 2010

When he was awakened by his home security system, NRA Endowment member Steve Bason prepared for the worst—he got his Benelli M1 12-ga. shotgun, while his wife, Beth, an NRA Life member, grabbed her Glock 9 mm pistol.

The Armed Citizen® October 2010

A man, his wife and his school-age brother were asleep in their apartment when an intruder forced his way inside. Illegally wielding a gun, the suspect ordered the tenants into the bathroom. The male tenant asked to retrieve a blanket-a ruse to go get his pistol.

The Armed Citizen® March 23, 2011

Jeff Gibson and his wife, Tammy, had returned home after an evening church service when Jeff noticed something awry. "The garage door was open," he recalled. "When I went to see what was going on, I saw a black car pulling out."

The Armed Citizen® April 13, 2011

Early one morning, a Tulsa homeowner awoke to his doorbell ringing repeatedly-little did he know it was a buglar testing to see if anyone was home.

The Armed Citizen® May 6, 2011

Though Rocco Bombara's legs were amputated due to a medical condition, he is far from helpless. "He's not someone to mess with," said his daughter Nicco. "He's pretty tough. He does everything on his own."

The Armed Citizen® July 13, 2011

When a noise woke an 84-year-old grandmother, she noticed her hall light was on and knew something was awry. The sharp-thinking, independent woman opened a nightstand drawer and quickly grabbed her .38-cal. revolver.

The Armed Citizen® October 12, 2011

A 68-year-old grandmother was lying in bed when she was startled by the sound of someone breaking in. So she got up and grabbed her .410 shotgun, a gun she’s kept for self-defense for many years, a gun she was never sure she could actually use on a human being and didn’t want to find out.

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