Melba King was a 22-year-old nursing student in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1933. She was walking home one autumn night when a mugger came up behind her with a gun and demanded her money. At that moment, Ronald Reagan--who was a Des Moines radio sportscaster at the time--came to her rescue. Reagan pointed a .45-caliber revolver at the robber from the window of his second-floor rented room."He said, `Leave her alone or I`ll shoot you right between the shoulders,`" Mrs. King recalls. Reagan scared the man off, and calmed King`s nerves. Then, the future president said he would walk her home.
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