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A good guy with a gun stopped a knife-wielding man from attacking his family at a gas station in Springfield, Missouri on Sunday evening.

According to KSDK, Katie Claxton was sitting in a car with her four children while her husband was pumping gas when a man holding a large knife approached. Immediately sensing danger, Claxton tried to lock the doors when she saw the man coming, but she accidentally rolled down the window instead.

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The knife-wielding suspect opened the door to the vehicle and leaned in, at which point Claxton yelled for her husband Matt to get his gun.

“He said ‘You’re lucky he has a gun,'” Claxton told KSDK. “And then he shut the door and started to back away.”

As KSDK reports, Matt pointed his Beretta handgun at the suspect and dialed 911 while the man slowly backed off. The Claxtons followed the suspect in their vehicle as he walked down a nearby street. He tried, to no avail, to enter some cars at an intersection.

Eventually, police arrived and arrested 42-year-old David Middleton for the crime. As of Monday evening, he had not yet been charged.

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Katie Claxton credits the safety of her and her family to the fact that her husband was carrying a gun that day.

“Our Second Amendment right to carry is what saved our lives,” Claxton said. “If we didn’t have our right to carry, I feel like we wouldn’t be here today.”

“You don’t go out looking for trouble,” Claxton added. “But if trouble comes knocking, you’re there to answer.”

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