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We are coming up on the anniversary of a story I love to remember. In the early morning hours of July 17 last year, an elderly Missouri woman reminded us that we are never too old to bear arms! Two intruders found more than they bargained for when they broke into the house of the 77-year old woman with ill intent. However, instead of the riches they were seeking, they only found themselves staring down the barrel of a shotgun.

Police say that the elderly woman heard a noise in her spare bedroom and decided to investigate it herself, but not before grabbing her shotgun.

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“She grabs the shotgun and goes back to where she hears a noise and finds two individuals inside one of her spare bedrooms,” explained Detective Sergeant James Kauzler with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. When the suspects saw the gun, they jumped out of the bathroom window they used to get into the house, police say.

The Missouri woman has not let this incident cause her to be afraid, but rather used it to raise more awareness. She is not the only senior living in the neighborhood, and most definitely not the only one that owns guns. Her 87-year old neighbor, Doris Jackson, stated, “How about a nine millimeter? I wouldn’t have a shotgun but I have some more besides that. I’ve got some guns you know.”

While the sheriff’s department urges citizens to immediately call 911 if they hear an intruder, they are also acknowledging the fact that people also have the right to protect themselves. Which in most cases, is the fastest and safest thing to do. We do not always have time to wait for help to arrive. Sometimes, it is a matter of life or death.

This just goes to show, that you are never too old to exercise your 2nd amendment. Keep your guns close, folks.

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