The Armed Citizen® March 19, 2018

posted on March 19, 2018
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When someone says the justice system is enough to protect you, point this Kentucky incident as evidence that a protective order sometimes isn’t enough. Just weeks after his arrest led to the issuance of an order to stay away from his ex-wife, the man tried to break into her home. After the miscreant broke the glass on the front door and started fiddling with the lock, his ex-wife yelled through the door to stop or her boyfriend would shoot. The ex-husband paid the threat no mind, and was fatally shot. Police were investigating, but no charges have been filed in what appeared to be an act of self-defense. (, Cynthiana, KY, 12/18/17) 

The Armed Citizen® Extra
A man was not charged for defending himself after two masked men ambushed him in an alley. As the two miscreants ran toward him screaming, knocking him down, the would-be victim retrieved his registered handgun and shot one of his attackers, who died shortly after. The other troublemaker ran off. The armed citizen was granted immunity according to the state’s new “Stand Your Ground” law that says law-abiding citizens don't have to retreat before using deadly force if they believe they're in danger. The new law went into effect last year. (Telegraph Herald, Red Oak, IA, 2/14/18)

From the Armed Citizen® Archives
March 1985
When Orlando, Fla., grocer Herbert Wise, an ex-policeman, saw a customer readying a gun, he warned, “Whatever you’re going to try, I advise you against it.” But the man ignored the advice and pulled his pistol, catching it against the edge of the counter. That gave Wise all the time he needed to reach for his own pistol and fire two shots. The wounded thief was taken into custody at a hospital. (The Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, FL)


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