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Lapeer County (Michigan) sheriff's detectives are calling an 11-year-old who scared off a home invader by pointing a shotgun at him a "very brave girl."  Authorities say the girl was alone in a North Branch Township home the afternoon when the break-in occurred.  While the stranger was circling the house to case it, the girl grabbed a shotgun and hid in a bathroom closet.  The suspect eventually broke into the home.  When he opened the door to the closet where the girl was hiding, she pointed the shotgun at him and he ran to a getaway car where his partner-in-crime had been waiting.  The police, acting on descriptions from the girl, later caught and charged two Detroit residents -- a 53-year-old man and his 31-year-old accomplice -- in connection with the crime.  [The Flint Journal, Flint Mich., 2/3/15]

This month's posting reflects an example from "studies [which] indicate that firearms are used more than 2 million times a year for personal protection, and that the 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, limb, or in some cases, property."

Reproduced from NRA's May 2015 edition of American Hunter magazine. (www.americanhunter.org)

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