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The Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., 5/6/00

Monday, January 1, 2001

Answering a knock at the front door of his Jacksonville home late one night, a 49-year-old Floridian came face-to-face with a suspicious stranger asking to use his telephone. The resident, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, responded with a firm "No!" and told the unwelcome visitor to leave punctuating his decision by slamming the door. But before the resident could return to the peace and quiet of his home, the 29-year-old intruder ran to the back of the house and smashed in the kitchen door glass. The attacker's persistence would prove his undoing. After forcing his way inside, he confronted the resident who raised a handgun and fired a single, fatal shot. "Had he not had an equalizer, he would be a victim today," said the resident's brother after the attack. "I thank God for the right to bear arms."

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