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Episode drives home value of 2nd Amendment

An attack last week by a would-be purse snatcher is the perfect example of how pistol-packing law-abiding citizens are able to protect themselves.

The Willard Avenue woman told our reporter she “prayed I never had to” fire her handgun. But when an unknown man tried to rob her in her southeast side Warren driveway last week, she did what she had to do to protect herself and she shot at him.

The 40-year-old mother of two is legally licensed to carry the concealed weapon, and she had been properly trained.

Her training kicked in, and she said she was glad she had her weapon at her fingertips.

“I’m glad I had it to protect myself because I had no idea what was going on in his head at the time,” she said.

And she even remembered from her training that she should never shoot someone in the back, so when he turned and ran away, she stopped firing.

The woman said she had just pulled her car into her detached garage at 11:50 a.m. Monday and was walking back out carrying her purse when the man approached her from behind.

She pulled out her handgun, but the man didn’t initially stop, punching her in the left eye and trying to steal her purse, she said.

The struggle apparently scared him because he ran down the driveway, and the woman called 911.

Inexplicably, as she waited in the yard for police to arrive, he returned.

She told the man to get away or she would shoot, a Warren police report says. But he kept coming, so she fired. This time, he took off for good.

The woman was shocked, injured from the punch and shook up. But she was safe. And that can be largely attributed to the fact that she was carrying her weapon.

The episode presents a textbook example of why Americans must always be permitted to carry a weapon and to protect themselves when necessary.

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