As social unrest spilled across St. Petersburg, Florida,
making headlines throughout the nation, criminals rampaged through
the community looting businesses and burning them to the ground.
While most store owners were left to sit helplessly, waiting on the
overburdened police and fire departments to come to their rescue,
pawn shop owner Oscar Kiesylis, "a staunch NRA member," stood ready.
"I could have waited until the bastards came in the store and got
them one by one," Kiesylis later said of the looters who crashed
their car through his store window. Instead he opened fire with his
semi-automatic AK-47 rifle as soon as the vehicle entered the
building, sending the intruders on a hasty--and
empty-handed--retreat. "They came very close to being with the
Lord," said Kiesylis.
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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.