San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco, Calif., 2/22/00
Monday, May 1, 2000
Awakened by noises at his back door early one morning, an
83-year-old San Francisco widower resolved to protect himself with a
handgun purchased for exactly such an eventuality. As an intruder
armed with a tire iron approached his bedroom, the elderly homeowner
retrieved the gun and pulled the trigger for the first time in 30
years. Bought in 1948, the .38-cal. Smith & Wesson revolver had gone
largely unused for more than half a century. It finally became the
man's only hope of self-preservation, proving deadly reliable in a
pinch. The shot ended the confrontation and the invader's life. The
homeowner said later, "I never thought I would kill another person.
I just wanted to stay at home and mind my own business."
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.