Would-be Ohio victims practice self-defense; bad guys get hurt

Three incidents across Ohio in the past few days indicate that law-abiding citizens are beginning to fight back against the crime-wave that plagues our state.

In Summit County, an off-duty deputy shot and killed an intruder when he failed to respond to an order not to enter his home. The would-be assailant turned out to be a convicted murderer.
Off-duty Summit deputy shoots intruder at his house
*In the Canton Repository's Friday poll question, relating to this story, 72% say they'd do the same as this off-duty deputy did.

In Columbus, a store clerk fired at, and apprehended, a man who attempted the armed robbery of his store, which has been the scene of at least four robberies and shootings since 1992, including a fatal one in 2000.
North Side clerk fights back

In Dayton, home-owners shot a young prowler when he threw a large chuck of concrete through the glass door in the back of their house. The injured assailant was convicted of breaking into the same Hillmont Avenue house last year.
Juvenile prowler shot at Dayton home

Any instance of attack is a tragedy. But the law-abiding citizens of our state deserve their right to self-defense, to increase the likelihood that it is the attacker, and not themselves, who wind up in the hospital or morgue.

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