Woman Shoots Would-be Rapist

Uneasy after a man asked to use her phone, a Springfield, Missouri, woman told him to use the one at a local convenience store. Suspicious, she got a pistol and put it nearby. A little later, expecting guests, she unlocked her front door, and the stranger entered. He threatened her with a knife and forced her to undress, but she was able to get her gun by claiming she had to use the bathroom. She was then able to fire at the would-be rapist, wounding him.

He fled, but was quickly apprehended.

From the July 5, 1994, Armed Citizen, citing the March 21, 1994, Springfield, Missouri, News-Leader.

Studies indicate that firearms are used over 2 million times a year for personal protection, and that 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 or 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.