NRA's ARMED CITIZEN
Kenneth Byrd, 67, traded gunfire with masked intruders after they entered his home and tried to rape his 19-year old granddaughter. The incident began when Byrd opened the door for a man who had knocked and asked for water for his vehicle, two other men forced their way into the home. All three men were armed. Byrd was instructed to open a safe, but instead grabbed a gun and shot two of the suspects. The men fled in Byrd's car. Two assailants were apprehended at a nearby hospital after seeking treatment for gunshot wounds. The third suspect sustained fatal injuries. Byrd also sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to the hospital. He was listed in critical condition. The suspects will reportedly be charged upon their release from the hospital. (The Fayetteville Observer, Lumberton, NC, 10/22/14)
This month's posting reflects an example from "studies [which] indicate that firearms are used more than 2 million times a year for personal protection, and that the presence of a firearm, without a shot being fired, prevents crime in many instances. Shooting usually can be justified only where crime constitutes an immediate, imminent threat to life, limb, or in some cases, property."
Reproduced from NRA's January 2015 edition of American Hunter magazine. (www.americanhunter.org)