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Ronald Reagan: Armed Citizen

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Melba King was a 22-year-old nursing student in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1933. She was walking home one autumn night when a mugger came up behind her with a gun and demanded her money. At that moment, Ronald Reagan--who was a Des Moines radio sportscaster at the time--came to her rescue. Reagan pointed a .45-caliber revolver at the robber from the window of his second-floor rented room. He said, "Leave her alone or I'll shoot you right between the shoulders," Mrs. King recalls. Reagan scared the man off, and calmed King's nerves. Then, the future president said he would walk her home.

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POSTED: Thursday, June 10, 2004


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