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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, 1997

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

When two men wearing Halloween masks, one of them armed, entered her Indianapolis, Indiana, apartment, Wajibu Wynn knew they were not trick-or-treaters. She awoke to hear a commotion in her living room and reached for her pistol. Her sister had been accosted by one of the men after having been sprayed with a Mace-like chemical spray. The men were forcing the woman to a back bedroom when Wynn emerged with her gun and shot one of the intruders, killing him. The second attacker fled, but was apprehended a short time later. (The Star Indianapolis, IN, 5/16/97)

Former police officer Fred Prasse was in a St. Louis, Missouri, pawn shop one afternoon when three men stormed into the business. One of the robbers pressed a shotgun against Prasse's head and threatened to kill him. Concerned for himself and the store's employees, Prasse spun around, knocking the shotgun away but not before it discharged, striking him in the hands. Undaunted by the injury, Prasse used a Judo move to knock his attacker back when the man came back at him swinging the shotgun like a club. The move gave the former law officer time to draw a .38 and end the whole episode with several fatal shots. The two other men fled, but were later arrested when they showed up at a hospital, where they sought help as one of them had been struck by the shotgun blast during the holdup. (The Post Dispatch, St. Louis, MO, 5/30/97)

When two armed men entered his Lexington, North Carolina, pawn shop, put a .38 cal. pistol to his head, and forced him to the back of the store, William Grist knew he had to act quickly. He grabbed his assailant's pistol and then pulled one of his own, shooting the would-be robber in the stomach. The bandit ran for the door, but Grist pursued and fired at both thugs as they ran from the store. They were later arrested along with a woman who had helped them case the store. (The Dispatch, Lexington, NC, 5/21/97)

Located in a crime-plagued West Tampa, Florida, neighborhood, Victor Elias' jewelry store was a prime target for a holdup. Elias knew this and was ready when one day two men entered his store and announced they were armed. One vaulted the counter, and a struggle ensued between him and Elias during which Elias shot the robber. The second suspect fled, but was later apprehended along with an alleged getaway driver. (The Tribune, Tampa, FL, 5/21/97)

A Birmingham, Alabama, family's night of terror came to an end after a 16-year-old youth defended his mother and siblings from his mother's estranged husband, who had been threatening to shoot into the home all evening. Frightened, the family barricaded itself in an upstairs bedroom. When their tormentor broke into the house via a back door, his violence was answered by the youth, who delivered several fatal shots through the bedroom door. The youth was not charged. (The News, Birmingham, AL, 5/29/97)

Anne Barry of Bowling Green, Kentucky, knows the importance of having a firearm. "If I hadn't had that gun, I wouldn't have had a chance," she said. She was asleep alone in her home when she heard the sound of her garage door being broken in. She grabbed her .357 Mag. revolver and waited for the intruder, who appeared in her hallway brandishing a pistol. As he turned to look into another room, she fired once, hitting the man. He fled, but was arrested for an alleged break-in not far from Barry's home. "If he would have turned around, he would have killed me. It was survival. It was him or me," she said. Police lauded Barry's actions. (The Daily News, Bowling Green, KY, 5/14/97)

Two Gainesville, Florida, crooks proved to what lengths criminals will go to prey on the unsuspecting. Posing as police officers, the two would force people to pull over by flashing their headlights and then rob them at gunpoint The ruse backfired one evening, however when the men forced Thomas Lever to the side of the road. As one of the bandits, brandishing a gun, jumped from his car and approached Lever in his van, the citizen pulled a pistol of his own, sending the suspect running back to his car. Both suspects quickly left the scene. (The Sun, Gainesville, FL, 5/17/97)

A Norristown, Pennsylvania, woman was walking home when she was viciously attacked by two pit bulls. Hearing the woman's screams, Ernest C. Webb came to the rescue with his .380 cal. pistol after first calling 911. When one of the dogs turned on him, he shot it, hitting it in the leg. Both dogs ran off. The dogs are thought to belong to drug dealers who use them for protection and enforcement in the high-crime neighborhood. (The Times Herald, Norristown, PA, 5/24/97)

A late-night commotion in an Albuquerque, New Mexico, doughnut shop caused an employee to investigate with his pistol at the ready. He found a female clerk being held on the counter by a man who had a knife pressed to her neck. The male employee, a cook, ordered the man to drop the knife, and when the attacker failed to comply, the cook fired his pistol. The robber ran, but was found near the scene, dead of a gunshot wound. (The Journal, Albuquerque, NM, 5/22/97)

After seeing heavy police activity in his neighborhood and hearing that two suspects were being pursued, Tom Samonek of Zephyrhills, Florida, loaded his Colt pistol and decided to inspect a barn and abandoned mobile home on his property. Returning home, he and his wife found the fugitives in their house. Samonek ordered the pair to lie on the floor and held them until police arrived. They were wanted in conjunction with a car theft and a two-county car chase. It was the third time in as many years Samonek has used his firearm to subdue an attacker without firing a shot. (The Times Pasco, FL, 6/10/97)

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