NRA's ARMED CITIZEN
Based on a Walmart security video, police believe two suspects waited around the parking lot looking for an easy target. The suspects thought they'd found it when a 61-year-old woman walked to her car with groceries. They tugged at her purse in the shopping cart, but the woman fought back. She drew a .380 caliber handgun and, without a shot being fired, the suspects fled. They were caught by police. "[The suspects] purposely targeted someone they thought was easy prey," said police Lieutant John Flowers. "Let this be a lesson to criminals about committing a crime against anyone of any age." (The Sun Herald, Biloxi, MS 11/18/11)
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 February 2012 edition of American Hunter magazine. (www.americanrifleman.org)