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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
September, 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

Fired after only five days on the job, a former employee with a long criminal record returned to Roy Briehler's Ewing, New Jersey, plant market armed with Mace and a knife and intent on robbery. Briehler and the man struggled, but when the man attempted to use the Mace, Briehler pulled a .38 and fatally shot him. The local prosecutor said no charges were planned. (The Trentonian, Trenton, NJ, 05/14/93)

"I threw a lot of lead at him," was how Oyster Bay, New York, jeweler Ralph Caggiano described his encounter with an armed robber. When the armed man entered the ship and announced a robbery, Caggiano scooped a .38 revolver out of his desk drawer and fired through a glass partition. The would-be bandit was slightly wounded and fled, but was quickly caught. "He had a right to use deadly physical force," said the local police commander. (Newsday, Long Island, NY, 04/01/93)

"I'd rather see her on that floor than me on that floor," said a North Oakland, California, resident who shot a woman who threatened him with a meat cleaver. The man, who has no legs, was watching television when the woman rushed in. When she brandished the cleaver at him, he fired, seriously wounding her. Police said the woman was wanted in connection with a string of robberies. (The Tribune, Oakland, CA, 04/21/93)

"I figured if they were going to shoot me, I was going to go down shooting them," was 70-year-old James Kelly's assessment of the armed robbery that occurred at the Indianapolis, Indiana, motel where he works. Kelly pulled a .357 Mag. when two men entered the hostelry and announced a robbery. Firing twice, Kelly wounded one of the bandits and held both for police. (The Star, Indianapolis, IN, 06/30/93)

Thinking about lunch and the poison ivy on his feet, Eddie Roscoe stopped by his house in Albemarle, North Carolina, and interrupted a burglary. Two men fled, but the third headed toward a bedroom, with Roscoe in pursuit. Cornered, the burglar turned and fired a shot, wounding Roscoe in the hand and side. After a struggle, Roscoe picked up a shotgun, loaded it and held the would-be crook for police, who also apprehended the accomplices. (The Herald, Bradenton, FL, 06/06/93)

His suspicions aroused by a customer's unseasonably heavy dress, a Westtown, Pennsylvania, gas station attendant was ready when the man drew a pistol and demanded money. Instead of complying, the former Marine pulled his own licensed gun and fired at the gunman. Apparently wounded, the thug fled. (The Daily Local News, West Chester, PA, 05/01/93)

Pounding and screaming outside her Colorado Springs home early one morning led Dorby Eggert to pick up her pistol. Even though she warned an intruder several times, he broke through two doors. When he entered the kitchen, Eggert fired once, mortally wounding him. (The Gazette Telegraph, Colorado Springs, CO, 07/10/93)

John Blair kept his father's old police revolver in his Jacksonville, Florida, home partially out of sentiment. But the gun provided yeoman's service when a felon tried to force his way into the home while Blair's wife Barbara was home alone. She got the gun and, as the intruder tried to enter through a window, fired, seriously wounding him. The man had been jailed twice on burglary convictions, but both times had been released to ease prison overcrowding. (The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, FL, 05/28/93)

An hour-long robbery spree by a man armed with a shotgun was abruptly halted in Bradenton, Florida, when the intended victim turned the tables and shot his assailant. The thug demanded money and fired a blast at a service station clerk, but missed. The clerk returned fire with a .45 and wounded his attacker. The crook fled, but was apprehended by the police, who followed the criminal's blood trail. (The Herald, Bradenton, FL, 06/06/93)

Fired from his job at a work camp, an Alaska man decided to exact revenge by getting a rifle from his truck and going on a shooting spree. He was stopped before he could hurt anyone when another employee pulled a .44 Mag. and shot him in the ankle. (The Daily News, Anchorage, AK, 05/05/93)

While the situation ended without incident, armed citizen Michael Acree stood ready to lend a hand when a police officer stopped a carload of unruly teenagers outside his Salem, Connecticut, home. Noticing the youths scuffling with the officer, Acree retrieved his pistol and went out onto his lawn. When the youths saw Acree and his handgun, they calmed down and the situation ended peaceably. Acree earned the appreciation both of town officials and the officer. (The Bulletin, Norwich, CT, 05/22/93)

Beaten in a robbery several months before, the owner of a San Bernardino, California, pizza shop started carrying a pistol to work. It came in handy when a pair of masked thugs attempted to rob the store. When the pair started tying up the staff, the owner walked to a storeroom, called police and got the gun. When the crooks noticed him, they started shooting. Returning fire, the owner killed one and wounded the other. (The Sun, San Bernardino, CA, 05/27/93)

If you have had a firsthand “Armed Citizen” experience,
call NRA-ILA Grassroots at (800) 392-8683.

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