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While the Second Amendment’s original self-defense intent seems to be geared toward the more magnanimous conflicts that our nation could face, there’s no denying that ordinary Americans have been positively impacted by its collateral protections.

We’ve heard all sorts of sordid tales of right place, right time heroics over the years.  We’ve seen elderly men stop armed robbers dead in their tracks at a Florida internet cafe.  We’ve witnessed pistol-packing grannies taking out home invaders on the regular.  We’ve even watched an undercover police officer incapacitate a would be perp on a busy city street, almost certainly saving several innocent lives.

Now, in a bit of a bizarre twist to the tale, one would-be kidnapper thought he knew his victim all too well.  As it turns out, she had a surprise for her former lover and would be body-snatcher.

The Anderson County Coroner’s Office said a man who was shot to death at an Upstate gas station was killed after kidnapping his ex-girlfriend.

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The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office received a call shortly before 7 a.m. regarding a shooting incident at the Marathon Gas station on Highway 29 South near Starr. The coroner was dispatched after a male was found deceased at the scene.

After an autopsy, Coroner Greg Shore identified the decedent as 36-year-old Rodney Nixon of Anderson.

Shore said Nixon broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home on Grady Hall Road and assaulted a male subject in the house before kidnapping the female victim.

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As it turns out, Nixon’s ex-girlfriend wasn’t going to be the pushover that he had anticipated, and was ready to exercise her Second Amendment rights to avoid whatever horrific fate that Nixon may have had in mind.

While there is no telling exactly where there situation was headed, authorities are certain that it wasn’t going to be pretty.

The case is still an active investigation. Nixon’s death has been ruled a homicide, but the solicitor will have to determine if the shooting was justified.

“This would have been a very bad outcome for everybody if she had not shot him,” Shore said.

While we certainly hope that chivalry never dies out completely in this country, it is certainly nice to know that the right to bear arms can transform into a de facto substitute for an honorable samaritan at a moment’s notice.

 

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