Armed Citizen Success Stories Ignored

The Arizona and Ohio shootings were tragic, but they are being used as reason to attack our second amendment right to keep and bear arms. When these shootings happen, the major television media jumps all over it and decries the private ownership of guns while at the same time ignoring numerous stories of guns saving lives. Listed below are recent  stories you have never heard of, of guns saving the lives of everyday people in 3 states,  PA, CA, and NY. You can find the information for your state at NRA Armed Citizen. The stories number in the thousands and thats alot of lives saved!  

  State: PA
  American Rifleman Issue: 1/4/2011
  Around 2 a.m., double amputee Rocco Bombara, his two sons and a few friends were watching TV in their apartment in Baldwin, Pa. An intruder armed with a rifle approached a window to the apartment, tore off the screen, and attempted to climb through. While climbing through the window, the criminal fired the rifle twice into the home, prompting Bombara to draw a handgun and return fire, killing the intruder. Bombara’s son later noted his father’s independent nature, stating, “He’s not someone to mess with… He’s pretty tough. He does everything on his own.” After a preliminary investigation Baldwin Borough Police Chief Michael Scott informed the media, “indications are that Mr. Bombara will not be charged.”
WXPI, Pittsburgh, Pa. 09/28/10
  State: PA
  American Rifleman Issue: 9/29/2010
  73-year-old Stanley Tabaj was entering his business, Toby’s Recycling, in Fayette County, Pa., when two men armed with baseball bats and a stun gun followed him inside. The robbers struck Tabaj several times, breaking one of Tabaj’s hands. Tabaj was able to retrieve a shotgun, and fired at the attackers, striking one in the head and causing both to flee. Police captured both criminals a short time later.
WPMT, Harrisburg, Penn. 08/19/10
  State: PA
  American Rifleman Issue: 8/25/2010
  A Chinese food deliveryman in Harrisburg, Penn. was returning to his car after delivering an order, when two robbers attacked him. The pair of criminals beat the man with their fists and a glass bottle and demanded money. During the melee, the deliveryman retrieved a gun and fired at the attackers, striking one and causing both to flee. One of the fleeing robbers dropped his cell phone at the scene and that along with the treatment the wounded attacker received at a local hospital helped police track the criminals down.
WGAL, Lancaster, Pa. 12/28/09
  State: PA
  American Rifleman Issue: 1/4/2010
  A 24-year-old resident of Lancaster, Pa. was walking home around 8:30 p.m. when two criminals began to follow him. The intruders followed the young man all the way into his apartment, with one of the criminals drawing a gun once inside. The resident retrieved his own handgun and fired at the criminals, who fled the scene.
WPVI, Philadelphia, Pa. 10/11/09
  State: PA
  American Rifleman Issue: 10/13/2009
  A criminal confronted a man in Philadelphia, Pa., hoping to make the man his third robbery victim of the night. The man, a Right-to-Carry permit holder, refused to go along with the robber’s plan; instead he drew his gun and fired at the criminal, striking and killing him. After a preliminary investigation, police do not have plans to charge the permit holder.
Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia, Pa. 08/10/09
  State: PA
  American Rifleman Issue: 8/11/2009
  An armed gunman entered the Tony’s Place pizzeria in Philadelphia, Pa. and demanded money. The owner of the pizzeria and his friend began to struggle with the armed robber over his gun. During the struggle the robber fired the gun twice, striking no one. After the shots were fired the pizzeria owner, who is also a Right-to-Carry permit holder, drew his gun and fired at the criminal, striking him twice and ending the robbery. The armed robber was taken to a local hospital; police note that he will be charged when he is released. Police do not expect to press charges against the pizzeria owner.
The Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, PA, 03/20/09
  State: PA
  American Rifleman Issue: 6/1/2009
  Coincidentally, another act by armed citizenry took place in a Wal-Mart parking lot in March. In that incident, police say 28-year-old Joshua Eastman was loading groceries into his vehicle when a teenage thug pointed a gun at him and demanded cash. The quick-thinking Eastman opened the door to his vehicle to form a barrier between himself and the suspect. The clever act may have saved his life. The suspect fired a shot through the door’s window, which narrowly missed Eastman but propelled glass shards into his face. Eastman, a concealed-carry permit holder, drew his .32-caliber handgun, dropped below the door and shot his assailant three times. The suspect fled, but police located him nearby.
PennLive.com Cumberland County, Pa. 04/22/09
  State: PA
  American Rifleman Issue: 4/24/2009
  In the middle of the night, criminals Akeem Mallory and Todd Davenport kicked in the door of 76-year-old Eugene Johnson in Carlisle, Pa. Once inside the criminals announced to the inhabitants that they had a firearm. Johnson, a retired Army sergeant and Korean War veteran, retrieved his pistol and announced to the criminals that he too was armed and aiming right at them. The burglars fled. The police eventually tracked down both Mallory and Davenport and they were taken into custody. At the burglars’ sentencing, Cumberland County Judge Kevin A. Hess congratulated Johnson on his actions stating. “My hat is off to you.” Even the attorney for one of the defendants noted that the criminals are “lucky they weren’t killed.”
Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, Pa., 11/14/08
  State: PA
  American Rifleman Issue: 2/1/2009
  DEAN WOODLING WAS stopping by his father’s property when, according to police, he saw a robber loading a truck with stolen items. Woodling, who is a hunter, had a shotgun in the vehicle. “I jumped out with the shotgun as he was coming out of the barn. ”Woodling explained. “To say he was scared was an understatement.” Woodling, who has a concealed-carry permit and likes to keep a firearm handy, held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived. “The way the world is, it’s like American Express; said Woodling. “I never leave home without it. Police cannot be everywhere all the time.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa. 11/22/08
  State: PA
  American Rifleman Issue: 11/26/2008
  A resident of South Philadelphia, Pa., returned home to find an intruder in his bedroom. The resident, a right to carry permit holder, drew his gun and told the intruder to leave. The intruder then grabbed for the resident’s gun, resulting in a struggle in which the resident shot the intruder in the chest, ceasing the attack. The intruder later died at a local hospital.
The Bay City News Service, San Francisco, Calif. 01/12/11
  State: CA
  American Rifleman Issue: 1/14/2011
  Around 11:20 a.m., a homeowner in Redwood City, Calif. became aware of a criminal attempting to break into her home. The homeowner retrieved a gun and confronted the intruder, who upon seeing the armed woman fled the scene. When police arrived the homeowner provided a description of the criminal, which police used to capture the intruder a short time later. An investigation revealed that the home invader was on parole during the time of the incident.
The Fresno Bee, Fresno, Calif. 12/12/10
  State: CA
  American Rifleman Issue: 12/16/2010
  Two armed robbers entered the Play N Trade video game store in Fresno, Calif. and forced the customers inside to the ground. In response, the store owner retrieved a gun and fired at the criminals, striking one and causing both to flee. A short time later, the robber shot by the store owner was found dead in a nearby neighborhood. Police do not plan to charge the store owner, with Fresno Police Lt. Mark Salazar stating, “Everything so far… indicates they were within their rights.”
Press-Enterprise, San Bernardino County, Calif. 10/11/10
  State: CA
  American Rifleman Issue: 10/12/2010
  Around 3 a.m., a homeowner and his family were roused from bed when their dogs alerted them to the presence of an intruder in their Victorville, Calif. home. The homeowner retrieved a gun, went to investigate and was attacked by the intruder with what police have described as a “caustic material.” The homeowner responded by firing at the criminal, killing him.
The Daily Republic, Solano County, Calif. 09/11/10
  State: CA
  American Rifleman Issue: 9/15/2010
  Two women were out for a jog in Fairfield, Calif. when three vicious dogs attacked them. Resident Gary Paque heard the women screaming, retrieved his 9mm handgun, ran to the scene and shot one of the dogs. Paque’s gun jammed after firing, but another neighbor, John Bettencourt, also heard the screams and came with his .45-caliber handgun. Paque later described the scene to the local media, stating, “(The first victim) was on the ground and there were three dogs trying to pull her apart … They had their teeth in her. She was screaming. I shot the one dog, and he just dropped… Then my neighbor got his .45.” Bettencourt shot the dogs several times, ending the attack. The joggers were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Fairfield Police Officer Joseph Holecek was supportive of Paque and Bettencourt’s actions stating, “They probably saved her life.”
KTXL, Sacramento, Calif. 08/16/10, KOVR, Sacramento, Calif. 08/16/10, The Reporter, Vacaville, Calif. 08/17/10
  State: CA
  American Rifleman Issue: 8/18/2010
  Two armed robbers entered a Metro PCS cell phone store in Fairfield, California and demanded money. The owner and an employee were tending to the store at the time and both retrieved guns , with the owner firing at least two shots at the criminals. One criminal was struck in the shoulder and both fled the store. The incident was caught on a surveillance camera, and that along with a tip regarding the treatment of the wounded suspect led police to the criminals. Fairfield Police Lieutenant Darrin Moody was supportive of the store owner’s actions, stating, “If you’re in fear for your life, protecting yourself or others, you do what you need to do.”
The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, Calif. 03/03/10
  State: CA
  American Rifleman Issue: 3/5/2010
  70-year-old Raymond Michel and his wife Dawn arrived home in Bakersfield, Calif. with their two grandchildren in tow. One of the grandchildren noticed that a light was on in the house, and he and Dawn went to investigate. When the pair discovered there had been a burglary, they left the house and told Raymond, who armed himself with a gun and proceeded upstairs. When Raymond arrived at an upstairs bathroom and noticed the door was nearly closed, he kicked open the door, revealing the intruder, armed with a rifle. The homeowner fired at the criminal, missing, but forcing the intruder to the floor. Despite two attempts by the criminal to get up and flee, Raymond made clear he would not hesitate to use his firearm and held the intruder until police arrived.
The Press Enterprise, San Bernardino, Calif. 02/22/10
  State: CA
  American Rifleman Issue: 2/23/2010
  An intruder disregarded a verbal warning from a homeowner in Hesperia, Calif., broke a window in the home and poked her head inside. Having given the intruder fair warning, the homeowner opened fire, striking the criminal in the chest. The intruder survived the incident and was released to San Bernardino County Deputies after receiving medical treatment.
The Modesto Bee, Modesto, Calif. 02/09/10
  State: CA
  American Rifleman Issue: 2/12/2010
  A woman in Modesto, Calif. arrived home to find a burglar inside the residence. The homeowner armed herself with a gun and fired at the criminal, causing him to flee. Police note that there was no indication that the intruder was wounded.
The Merced Sun-Star, Merced, Calif. 01/07/10
  State: CA
  American Rifleman Issue: 1/11/2010
  An armed robber entered the Food Center store in Merced, Calif. and demanded money from one of the clerks. An employee located in a different part of the store noticed the robbery, retrieved his own handgun and fired at the criminal. The robber was not hit by the gunfire, but fled the scene.
The Wall Street Journal, New York, N.Y. 09/16/10
  State: NY
  American Rifleman Issue: 9/17/2010
  Around 2 a.m., retired teacher Larry Goldstein was awakened by a suspicious noise in his Brooklyn, N.Y. home. Goldstein retrieved his registered .38 caliber revolver, went downstairs and discovered two burglars carrying what looked like guns. Goldstein fired at the criminals, striking one and causing the other to flee. The wounded criminal was taken to a local hospital. During the investigation the wounded criminal was found to have previous convictions for drug and burglary charges. Police have noted that Goldstein will not face charges.
The Ithaca Journal, Ithaca, N.Y. 08/21/10
  State: NY
  American Rifleman Issue: 8/24/2010
  80-year-old Stephen Boyechko and his wife Pauline were napping just before 8 p.m. in their Pulteney, N.Y. home, when they were awakened by a criminal breaking in through a window. Boyechko retrieved his registered pistol and went to investigate. When Boyechko located the intruder, the criminal moved towards him, at which point Boyechko responded by shooting the intruder twice in the abdomen. When police arrived, the intruder was taken by helicopter to a local hospital; he will face charges once he recovers. Investigator Jeffrey Albright of the New York State Police noted that police are investigating whether the attempted burglary is related to a recent string of burglaries in the area.
The Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y. 04/22/10, WHAM, Rochester, N.Y. 04/22/10
  State: NY
  American Rifleman Issue: 4/27/2010
  A 61-year-old concealed carry permit holder was walking home from a store in Rochester, N.Y., when two men, one armed with a knife, attempted to rob him. The permit holder drew his gun and fired, which scared off the criminals. The criminals and the permit holder were not injured during the incident.
The Mid-Hudson News, Hudson Valley, N.Y. 04/05/10
  State: NY
  American Rifleman Issue: 4/8/2010
  A homeowner in Parksville, N.Y. was at home with her four children, when a black bear attempted to enter the house through a bedroom window and tried to attack the pet dog. The homeowner called the State Police and her nearby father for assistance. The father arrived on the scene armed with a gun and fired a warning shot at the bear. When the bear did not leave the area, he shot and killed it.
Newsday, New York, N.Y. 03/10/10
  State: NY
  American Rifleman Issue: 3/11/2010
  Lisa Guzzardi-Arndt was visiting the home of Kenneth Messemer in West Babylon, N.Y. when her ex-husband arrived on the property and forced his way into the house. George Arndt then began threatening to kill Messemer, and “was attempting to attack Mr. Messemer,” according to Det. Lt. Gerard Pelkofsky. During the attack, Messemer retrieved a gun and shot Arndt, killing him.
The New York Times, New York City, New York 08/14/09
  State: NY
  American Rifleman Issue: 8/17/2009
  In broad daylight, four men, one armed with a 9-millimeter pistol, entered the Kaplan Brothers Blue Flame Corporation kitchen supply store in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Once inside the criminals attempted to handcuff two store employees, and the owner of the store, 72-year-old Charles Augusto Jr. As one of the men was handcuffing an employee, the employee resisted, resulting in the criminal pistol-whipping the employee in the head. After witnessing the criminal’s brutality, Augusto retrieved his 12- gauge shotgun and fired at the robbers. The first round struck and killed the robber armed with the pistol. A second and third shot wounded the other three criminals, one of whom made his way across the street before collapsing and dying before he could reach the hospital. The two other wounded robbers were picked up by police and taken to a local hospital where they are in stable condition. This was not the first time that Augusto’s store has been the target of robbers, a robbery thirty years ago is what prompted him to arm himself. Local residents were supportive of Augusto’s actions, with one stating, “You have to protect your workers and your family. Case closed.” Unfortunately, Augusto may be punished for protecting himself and his employees. New York City’s draconian gun laws require a permit to possess a shotgun, and police are mulling the possibility of charging Augusto with a misdemeanor for failing to obtain one.
The New York Post, New York, N.Y. 11/18/08
  State: NY
  American Rifleman Issue: 11/21/2008
  Two armed robbers entered Yusef Drame’s convenience store in Brooklyn, N.Y. After initiating the robbery, the two criminals exchanged gunfire with Drame. The criminals shot Drame in his side and in both legs. Despite his wounds, Drame was able to shoot both robbers, killing one instantly and critically wounding the other, who would later die at the hospital. According to police, at least one of the armed robbers had an extensive criminal history.
Albany Times Union, Albany, NY, 01/20/07
  State: NY
  American Rifleman Issue: 4/1/2007
  When two armed men approached a residence and flashed a handgun, the fearful person inside let them in. The resident’s compliance only emboldened the intruders. Police say a shot rang out, and a relative in an upstairs apartment hurrieddown with a rifle. He shot both suspects, killing one and causing the other to flee. The wounded suspect was apprehended at the hospital. Authorities in Schenectady, N.Y., say it was the fourth case in two months in which a would-be victim shot an intruder.
New York Post, New York, NY, 09/09/06
  State: ny
  American Rifleman Issue: 12/1/2006
  When a Harlem thug saw Margaret Johnson, a grandmother who has been confined to a wheelchair since a 2001 injury, he thought he had an easy target. The friendly Johnson said hello to the man, but according to police, he responded by grabbing her around the neck in an attempt to steal her necklace. But he had underestimated Johnson, an NRA member and accomplished target shooter who was on her way to the gun range. She reached for her registered pistol and shot her assailant, sending him running. “There’s not much to it. Somebody tried to mug me and I shot him,” said Johnson. “It was very scary.” Police caught up with Johnson’s assailant half a block away.
thejournainews.com, White Plains, NY, 02/15/05
  State: NY
  American Rifleman Issue: 5/1/2005
  “This is something you read about happening to someone else. You never think it will happen to you,” said Linda Fixler of Bardonia, N.Y. Her husband was working alone in their jewelry store early one morning when two men came in asking to look at some engagement rings. After a few minutes both pulled out guns, aimed them at Fixler and threatened to kill him. During the course of the robbery, however, Fixler was able to retrieve his own handgun and shoot one of the robbers who fell to the floor seriously injured while the other fled on foot. The fleeing robber was later apprehended along with a third man who was in the “get-away” vehicle, but had driven off when he heard the gunshots. “It’s a terrible feeling,” said Fixler. “All you want to do is stay alive.”

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