While it might not be the first choice for a fight, a mousegun in the pocket is more effective than a Magnum in the gun safe.


Although the hospital in suburban Dandy, Pennsylvania had a “No Guns” policy, the psychiatrist who worked there had no illusions about how ineffective signs are at stopping evildoers. Therefore he discreetly ignored his employer’s policy and carried a small pocket pistol to the office every day.

One Thursday afternoon in July, his fears were justified when a caseworker brought a patient to see him and, when they were inside his office with the door closed, the patient produced a revolver and opened fire on both the caseworker and the doctor.

The caseworker was killed and the doctor hit in the head and thumb as he took cover behind his chair, drew his own pistol, and returned fire. The doctor kept shooting until his gun was empty. He hit his assailant three times and critically wounded him. The doctor then left the office to seek help.

The gunman locked the door and was reloading his revolver when another caseworker—who had called 911 upon hearing the shooting—climbed in through the office window and wrestled the gun away from the killer. When he was taken into custody, another 39 rounds of ammunition were discovered in the killer’s pockets.

Prosecutors described the doctor’s actions as “heroic,” noting that if he had not had a gun, he would likely be dead, and that the amount of ammunition the killer had brought indicated he would probably have gone on a rampage in the hospital had he not been stopped.

Source: WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 7/24/14


It was the hoodies that made the Lexington, Kentucky pawnshop employees suspicious. Three men entered the pawnshop on a July afternoon with the hoods on their sweatshirts pulled up, and they were looking warily around the store as though casing it.

The manager and owner took special notice—who wears fleece hoodies on a 90°F summer day? Sure enough, the trio edged over to a showcase full of Rolex watches. One pulled a hammer from under his shirt and smashed the glass.

The manager produced a pistol from his pocket and commanded the three men to get on the ground while another employee called the police. The men were arrested, and police noted they were possibly responsible for an earlier robbery with a similar MO.

Source: Lexington, Kentucky Herald-Leader, 7/1/2014


When a Houston, Texas man got out of his car in a McDonald’s parking lot to return some movies at a Redbox machine, a green Honda Civic pulled up behind him and disgorged two men who produced pistols and demanded his valuables and car keys.

The assailants took his keys and wallet and snatched his phone from his left front pocket, but they didn’t check his right front pocket, which is where he kept the gun that he pulled out and used to open fire on the robbers as they got in his car.

The two attackers fled on foot, but one collapsed. The other was picked up by the getaway driver—who had been waiting in the Honda—and unceremoniously dropped off at an emergency room in College Station, Texas, where he was apprehended by police.

Source: KPRC-TV, Houston, Texas, 9/12/2013


When a Detroit, Michigan woman pulled into her driveway late at night after working a double shift, she sensed the two men approaching her car might be up to no good. Sliding her .45 pistol into her pocket, she warily exited the vehicle. The motion attracted the attention of one of the men, who shouted, “Don’t pull it!”—and then started shooting at her.

She drew her gun and, despite being hit four times, returned fire, driving off her assailants, who were later arrested seeking treatment for gunshot wounds at a local emergency room. “I’m extremely proud of her because she was able to return fire back,” her sister told reporters.

Source: WDIV-TV, Detroit, Michigan, 5/6/2014

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