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Web Contents

Stuff I Wrote
The Right to Keep and
    Bear Arms
Odd Words
Other Interesting Places
Hedda Garza Memorial
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Statement of Purpose
Who Am I?

Previous Essays:

Links I Like

Twenty Years of the CIO — 
This is a great piece of

The Ethical Spectacle
Fascinating Video Lecture
International Journal
    of Occupational and
    Environmental Health
Students for Concealed
     Carry on Campus

Gun Sales Up, Violent

     Crime Down (Again)

Book Review:
“The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor — The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi” This is a fascinating book about a labor leader who has had tremendous influence on our lives, but whose name is not even known by millions of Americans. Please read my review.


[NRA Logo]  From:
The American Rifleman
June, 1993

Studies indicate that firearms are used over two 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. Anyone is free to quote or reproduce these accounts. Send clippings to: "The Armed Citizen," 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030

Pistol-whipped in a robbery 10 years ago, Georgi Gots, a New York City jeweler and Russian immigrant, repeatedly tried to get— and was denied — a pistol permit. Gots purchased a handgun anyway, a decision that may have saved him when an armed robber burst into his store, demanding loot. Gots pulled his own gun and killed the holdup man. Gots was taken into custody, but an investigator said police would probably not recommend charges, saying "The poor guy was just trying to protect himself." (Newsday, Long Island, N.Y., 01/28/93)

A 99-year prison sentence meant only a few years in the pen for a convicted murderer and bank robber before he was free to embark on a new crime spree. His criminal career ended, however, when Manchester, Pa., bar owner Richard Schmitt traded shots with and killed the hoodlum as he struggled with and wounded several patrons during a robbery attempt. (The Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., 02/16/93)

Awakened when a burglar broke through the back door of his home in LaPine, Oreg., James Edgil, 71, was attacked when he confronted the intruder. Although beaten with a fire extinguisher, Edgil was able to retrieve his handgun and, firing two shots, drove his assailant from the home. Edgil was hospitalized with head injuries and a broken arm. (The Bulletin, Bend, Oreg., 03/30/93)

Hyong Kun Pak bought a gun after being robbed in 1981, but didn't keep it at his Baltimore, Md., grocery until he was robbed again 11 years later. Only weeks after the second robbery, Pak used the .357 Mag. to kill an armed robber who was holding a gun on Pak's partner. After the partner struggled and broke free, Pak fired, striking the thug in the neck, killing him. (The Sun, Baltimore, Md., 03/08/93)

Shouting that he was armed, Martin Madirosian sprinted to the front of his Modesto, Calif., home when an intruder began pounding on the front door, demanding to be let in early one morning. Madirosian warned him with two .45 shots, but the hoodlum dove through the door's glass window and made a threatening move, prompting Madirosian to shoot and wound him. (The Bee, Modesto, Calif., 02/04/93)

Vietnam veteran Victor Czerniak's dog earned a big bone by alerting him to an early morning robbery attempt at his Dallas, Tex., home. Unnerved by the dog's uncharacteristic growling, he got his .380 and confronted a man in his kitchen. When the intruder made a sudden move, Czerniak shot him once, driving him from the house. A second man also fled, but both were apprehended by police. (The Morning News, Dallas, Tex., 02/08/93)

Indicating that 87-year-old Floyd Bales acted in self-defense, officials said no charges would be filed against him for fatally wounding his granddaughter's estranged husband. The man, just released from jail for assaulting his wife, kicked down the door to Bale's Tukwila, Wash., home, and when he rushed inside, Bales — terminally ill and dependent upon oxygen — killed him with several shots. (The Post-Intelligencer, Seattle, Wash., 04/07/93)

"He just came in and put a gun on me, and luckily I was standing right next to mine," said Brian Charlton, a clerk in a Nashville, Tenn., store. The robber, his face wrapped in plastic, motioned Charlton to the till with the muzzle of his pistol, prompting Charlton to grab his .357 Mag. and fire, wounding the man, who was given medical treatment and charged with armed robbery. (The Tennessean, Nashville, Tenn., 03/03/93)

Ohio farmer Tom Study returned to his house after morning chores to find a stranger in the living room wearing Study's favorite hat. Thinking quickly, Study told the man he had to tend the cows. The ruse worked and allowed Study to retrieve a .38 from an outbuilding. By the time he returned to the house, the man was outside in Study's car. Training his pistol on the interloper, Study held him for police. (The Post, Cincinnati, Ohio, 03/12/93)

Checking on his car when he heard sounds in the parking lot of his apartment complex, an Amarillo, Tex., man came under fire from two would-be car thieves. The resident drew his own gun, and killed one of the gunmen and wounded the other. The dead man had been arraigned several months before for an incident in which an eight-month-old child was shot. (The Globe-Times, Amarillo, Tex., 02/08/93)

Four drug abusers made a big mistake, fatal for one of them, when they decided to rob a stash house. They knocked instead on the door of Larry Childer's Hiram, Ga., home, and one attacked and injured Childer's wife with a knife when she opened the door. Childers grabbed his .357 and fired, killing his wife's assailant. Police arrested three suspects and charged two with murder in the death of their accomplice. (The Douglas County Sentinel, Douglasville, Ga., 01/12/93)

Herbert Armstrong's daughter answered a knock on the door of her father's Isle of Wight, Va., home and was assaulted by an armed thug. Rushing to her aid, Armstrong, 78, was also attacked and knocked to his knees. Struggling to his feet, Armstrong grabbed a revolver from atop the refrigerator and drove the assailant from the home with several shots. (The Daily Press, Newport News., Va., 03/30/93)

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