Studies have consistently shown that firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens are not only an immediate lifesaving tool for individual victims, but overall are deployed more than two million times a year for personal defense of the innocent, thus serving as a strong deterrent to crime. In a good proportion of these instances, the mere presence of a means of lethal self-defense has deterred an attacker without a shot being fired. Scroll through the gallery above to read about eight true-life cases where an armed citizen defended him or herself against a violent attacker.

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