Just another reason to carry

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    heres a story i found on Kentucky Coalition to Carry Concealed, Inc and i know its kind of old, but it was just an unreal story. I believe in the end the man reacted well with not firing at the perp, although it woulda been tough, what do you guys think?

    "An Extraordinarily
    Gruesome Case,"
    or Why Everyone Needs a Gun
    Posted: 09.04.00
    By Robert A. Waters


    When Hayward Bissell and his girlfriend Patricia Ann Booher left Ohio on a trip to Florida, no one could have guessed that they would soon make front-page news. Though the national media reported the sensational aspects of the case, only local newspapers wrote about the woman who saved herself and her husband from Bissell's insane rage.

    On January 23, 2000, the six-foot tall, four-hundred pound man drove into a parking lot in Chattooga County, Georgia and stabbed Booher to death. Less than an hour later, his car rear-ended a second automobile near Fort Payne, Alabama. Donald Pirch, the driver of the second vehicle, pulled to the side of the road, got out his insurance papers, and walked toward Bissell. Suddenly, the madman punched down the accelerator and raced toward Pirch, striking him. Pirch was dragged 150 feet as Bissell sped away from the scene. Finally, the car lurched around a curve, throwing Pirch off and saving his life.

    An hour later, Bissell had found his way to Mentone, Alabama.

    James Pumphrey was sitting on the front porch of his rural home when Bissell pulled into the driveway. The killer walked up the steps, and, without a word, began stabbing the homeowner. As the madman continued to thrust the knife into Pumphrey, the homeowner's two Labrador retrievers rushed to their master's aid. Bissell then turned on the dogs, stabbing them and cutting their throats.

    Carolyn Pumphrey had been working inside the house when the attack began. She retrieved a .22 rifle and raced outside. As soon as Carolyn aimed the gun at the assailant, he yelled, "Don't shoot me, I'm leaving."

    Bissell fled, not knowing that the rifle had jammed.

    The climax to Bissell's murderous spree ended one of the most bizarre cases in Alabama history. When DeKalb County sheriff's deputies stopped his car, they found the corpse of Patricia Ann Booher strapped to the front seat by the seat-belt. Her hand and leg had been amputated, her eyes had been gouged out, and her heart had been removed. Stunned investigators found her esophagus in Bissell's shirt pocket.

    After being arrested, the prisoner tore up his cell, causing havoc in the small county jail. He was eventually transferred to a mental hospital to await trial for murder, attempted murder, and numerous other charges.

    James Pumphrey survived the attack, but barely. He could not work for months, and his medical bills were astronomical.

    The crimes of serial killers and spree killers, who also choose their victims at random, have been well-documented. But little has been written about mentally deranged killers such as Bissell. Investigators found that in an on-again off-again relationship, he had often stalked Booher and tried to control her every move. At the time of his arrest he was being treated by an Ohio mental health facility, but had stopped taking his medication.

    After the attack, Carolyn Pumphrey credited her gun with saving two lives. "If it wasn't for the gun that day," she said, "we would have both been killed. People have the right to defend themselves, and if we didn't have that rifle, we wouldn't be here.

    A second random attack by a mentally unbalanced man was also thwarted because a bystander had a gun.

    On January 29, 1998, Donnie Neal Moore, a paranoid-schizophrenic, became involved in a dispute with a Tulsa, Oklahoma apartment manager. Police reported that an enraged Moore "ran outside and pulled a medical monitor from the waist of an 80-year-old woman who was walking in the parking lot." He slammed the monitor to the pavement, knocked the woman down, and broke her walker. Then he began to run across the parking lot.

    At that moment, a woman was getting out of her car carrying her two-year-old daughter. Moore grabbed the baby from her mother's arms and ran.

    Gene Case, doing landscape work at the complex, ran to his truck, reached into his glove box, and retrieved his licensed .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun. He then raced across the parking lot and cut off the escape route of the assailant. Leveling his pistol at the man, Case yelled, "Stop! Put the child down, or I'm going to kill you!"

    When police arrived, they found the attacker lying on the ground, subdued by the armed citizen. After it was over, Case said, "I only took the gun out when he ran off with that child. I have never pulled a gun on anyone before. The mother was screaming for her child. She was quite upset."

    Moore was later found unfit to stand trial and placed in a mental institution.

    A police officer referred to Bissell's rampage as "extraordinarily gruesome." Tulsa police praised the restraint of Gene Case in not shooting the mentally unbalanced kidnapper. In each case, an irrational attacker who came face to face with a gun suddenly developed a fine-tuned sense of reality, culminating in lives being saved.

    Carolyn Pumphrey may have said it best. "I know there are people in the government who want more gun control," she said. "But I'll tell you, it's good to have a gun when you need it."

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    Wow! You never know when you will need to defend yourself or others from madmen like these.
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    Wow! I have never read these stories before although I have read some like them and it just furthers my belief in self defense. Even though the odd's are tiny that anything will ever happen to me. I want to be prepared anyway to protect myself and my family.

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    just another reason to carry
    I've never seen any good reasons not to carry. Those who decide not to roll the dice every day. Me? I like for the odds to be in my favor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    I've never seen any good reasons not to carry. Those who decide not to roll the dice every day. Me? I like for the odds to be in my favor.
    me either, but alot of people are still straddling that fence, hopefully this will catch someone browsing and nudge them over
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    The problem with a lot of people is that their attitude is "it can't happen to me".

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    Good article. Look at your local newspaper and see just how may assaults were made by deranged folks, youll be shocked in a years time in your local area.

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    Great Post and another reason to vote McCain Palin

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    +1 "Great Post and another reason to vote McCain Palin"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rossman View Post
    Great Post and another reason to vote McCain Palin

    +110 on that, go McCain and my future wife
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    Years ago, my ex's mother lived in a Trailer Park in Miami. We went by to see her, but I never left the car because I couldn't stand the place and people.
    I decided to drive around the corner to the gas station to get a drink, and on the way out of the park a guy asked me for a cigarette. I told him I didn't smoke and he walked off. I went to the gas station and minutes later about 5 patrol cars pulled into the trailer park. So I hurried up to get my ex and leave when one of the LEOs flagged me down. He described what happened, which freaked me out to no end...
    The guy (BG) that asked me for a cigarette walked down the street a ways and asked another guy who was apparently smoking. The guy told him "No", so the BG grabbed him by the head and slammed his head into a wrought iron fence. He did this about 10 times until the man's head was stuck in between the bars. Then he proceeded to take the man's lit cigarette and burn LIAR into his forehead with it and then... pulled the man's pants down and stuck the lighter where the sun don't shine.
    He asked me if I saw the man...and I told him yes... He said they had someone in custody and wanted me to ID him. I told him I didn't want to have to go to court and he said "Ok" (which was a lie...I had to go) They light up a car seat and the same guy is in it. My ex came walking out and said... "Why do they have Dave in the car?" Dave...apparently was her mother's ex boyfriend.

    When they ran the guy in, they found he had multiple warrants for his arrest for crimes in other states...all violent. Usually totally random attacks. He got institutionalized and diagnosed with PTSD.

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    Why didn't they just call 911?

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    what a sick individual. PTSD or not, they should hang him from a tall oak tree
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    That story(Hayward Bissell) sound like a Stephen King book...

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