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    80-year-old John Wayne fan puts attacker in hospital

    80-year-old John Wayne fan puts attacker in hospital
    80-year-old John Wayne fan puts attacker in hospital | Latest News | WFAA.com

    11:51 AM CST on Thursday, February 14, 2008

    By CHRIS HAWES / WFAA-TV

    WFAA-TV

    Investigators say they were definitely going to rob him - possibly even kill him.

    But an 80-year-old North Texan wasn't about to let that happen, so he took action.

    One of the suspects is in the hospital and both are facing charges.

    Two men obviously thought James Pickett, 80, was an easy target when they showed up at his home on Saturday with a knife.

    "He just came through that door, stabbing and beating," said Pickett.

    Captain Clint Pullin said it looked as though the men wanted to kill him.

    But before you worry too much about Pickett, learn a bit more about him.

    He's a WWII veteran, former firefighter and lifelong John Wayne devotee.

    In short, even at 80, he is someone you just don't mess with.

    What the men didn't know is Picket had taken a pistol and put it in his pocket before opening the door.

    "He jumped and turned and I shot him," Picket said.

    The two brothers, Paul and Holden Perry, ran but didn't get far before calling an ambulance.

    A bullet just missed Paul Perry's spine.

    "The only problem was I run out of bullets," Picket said.

    A neighbor describes Picket as a "hero."

    Worried about retribution, friends are sticking close.

    Both brothers face assault, burglary and robbery charges.

    Deputies assure James Pickett they aren't likely to get out of jail anytime soon but he isn't worried.

    "I think I'm a ten times better shot than and he is... But they best not come back," he said.

    E-mail chawes@wfaa.com.

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    Bravo - Mr Picket - good result.

    Just shows even at 80 - the old ''equalizer'' is still gonna cut the mustard.
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    Thanks for making my day, Mr. Pickett.

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    The citizen still standing and the perpetrators behind bars. That's the result we all hope for.
    Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
    Thoughts: Justifiable self defense (A.O.J.).
    Explain: How does disarming victims reduce the number of victims?
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    lol
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    "The only problem was I run out of bullets," Picket said.
    gotta love old folks
    War is not the ugliest of things. Worse is the decayed state of moral feeling which thinks nothing is worth a war. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which he cares for more than his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free. -J.S. Mill

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    Thumbs up

    You got to love it, don't jack with the old man.

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    Kudos to Mr. Picket.
    Lesson do not fight with old guys, we will just shoot ya.
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    Well done Mr. Picket!

    Just goes to show the gremlins that not all the "easy targets" are in fact "easy"
    When Guns Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have guns

    Just remember, When seconds count help is mere minutes away

    Also remember, When you go to trial by jury you are putting yourself into the hands of 12 people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.

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    Youth and enthusiasm are no match for OLD AGE and treachery.
    YUP. Old guy brings his gun to a knife fight. Did these MORONS forget they're in TEXAS?
    The situation will NEVER BE THE WAY YOU WANT, it WILL BE THE WAY IT IS. You must be FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO ADAPT and just "DEAL WITH IT".

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    Most old guys like that are tougher than people give them credit for.
    "Dont be afraid to go after what you want to do, and what you want to be. But don't be afraid to be willing to pay the price." - Lane Frost

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    Fact of life number 15: if a man older than 55 has a military style haircut he WILL survive any attack.
    "[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons.
    They are left in full possession of them."

    Zacharia Johnson (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention,25 June 1778)"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." ~Alexander Hamilton

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    Brings a whole new meaning to "Respect your elders."
    USMC rule # 23 of gunfighting: Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

    I am the God fearing, gun toting, flag waving conservative you were warned about!

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    "What the men didn't know is Picket had taken a pistol and put it in his pocket before opening the door."
    House carry FTW!

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    Few lessons learned here?

    1. Never mess with John Wayne "devotees."
    2. Never bring a knife to a gun fight.
    3. Don't mess with the vets.
    4. James Pickett is bad ass....
    Some people don't deserve saving.

    ....the water is almost at a boil

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