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Guns in the Home Surprise Criminals

45caliber Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 10:48 AM
Your reaction in such a case as this depends upon several factors. One is the liking/love for the person held hostage. One is your real fear of harming another person ... even a criminal. One is your reaction in an emergency. Do you panic or stay calm? Me? I'd have killed the one threatening me without a pause and then give the other a choice. I did the same in Vietnam.

(This true-crime event took place the night of Nov. 13th 1981.)

A duck hunt loomed in the morning so I hit the bed early, where my wife Shirley (six-months pregnant) was reading. Elaine, her sister, was due home from the show any minute……

Suddenly all hell broke loose downstairs— door crashed in, shrieks, bumps, whacks. “Shut-up!”

“Oh NO!! NO!!”


Geezum! Somebody broke in?! And I could hear Elaine screaming. I leaped from my bed to the gun rack, grabbed the pump shotgun and started slipping in shells.

“Don’t shoot!” came Elaine’s cry from the darkness downstairs. She...