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A nice quiet night at home.

David Swan of Waynesville in Central Illinois thought he would have a calm relaxing night at home alone--a nice bowl of chips, a television remote in hand, and the family dog resting on the carpet near his feet. All was right with the world until his dog raised its head and seemed startled by something outside.

"At that time, I grabbed my phone and went into the kitchen to see what was out there," Swan told WMBD 31 news as he recounted the details of that fateful night on March 8. Swan peered through his kitchen window and saw two men with a crowbar coming toward his house. Swan immediately knew something was up because his house is located in a rural area, and he doesn't have any neighbors. "I was afraid for my safety, plain and simple," he said to explain why he then rushed upstairs to retrieve his pistol. As he was verifying that his weapon was loaded and ready, he could hear the intruders entering through the kitchen door. Swan yelled to the men downstairs that he was armed. The bold criminals were not deterred, and one of them actually looked around the corner to spy on Swan. Swan fired four shots at the intruder and came down the stairs with his pistol at the ready to fire more. He saw one of the men fleeing the scene, but the other man was coming back at him with his crowbar. Swan fired another shot in the burglar's direction. Convinced of the futility of bringing a crowbar to a gunfight, the second burglar ran off. As far as Swan could tell, none of the shots hit either of the two men. The police are still investigating and have not yet made any arrests. Reflecting back on the event, Swan breathed a sigh of relief and said it "could've been much worse."

"... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

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Title Annotation:Exercising the Right
Author:Krey, Patrick
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U3IL
Date:May 7, 2012
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