NRA's ARMED CITIZEN
World War II Army veteran and retired postal worker Jack Goodwin was in bed listening to a basketball game one evening when he heard glass breaking. The 87-year-old picked up his gun and followed the sound down the hallway to a rear window. When Goodwin saw the intruders at his window, he raised his gun and fired. The wounded intruder was hospitalized in critical condition while the second intruder is still at large. After the incident, Goodwin said, "I knew one thing - they were gonna deal with me 'cause if you've got enough nerve to break in somebody's house and they're home, they've got enough nerve to kill you, see. There's no ifs or ands about it." (CBS Los Angeles, Baldwin Hills, CA, 2/01/12)
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 Mayl 2012 edition of American Hunter magazine. (www.americanrifleman.org)