by Mark C. Wallfisch

“With my check from Uncle Joe, I could almost buy two of these,” Abigail told the salesperson at the gun store.  But she said she really needed only one Ruger SR1911.  It was for her car. 

The ATF form at the store was easy, and the background check returned a “proceed,” so Abigail was quickly on her way, nestling the new handgun into her glove compartment. 

A week later, Abigail drove into the parking lot of McCoy’s Mini Mart and ran in for coffee.  Terry, a loiterer up to no good, casually walked over to Abigail’s unlocked car, reached in, and opened the glove compartment.  He smiled as he saw the Ruger, took it, and slipped it into his pocket, where it was handy to pull on an older gentleman in the neighborhood, who, the word was, had recently cashed his stimulus check. 

A week after that and too embarrassed to admit that she’d let her Ruger be stolen, Abigail returned to the gun store to buy a second one “for more protection,” she said.  This one was for her purse, which she always carried with her.

It was the second Ruger that Abigail pressed into service a few days later to stop a robbery in progress at McCoy’s Mini Mart.  She was a hero.  Channel 7 News broadcast a segment about Abigail called, “A Good Gal with a Gun.” 

The story would be incomplete without saying that the mini mart robber was Terry and his weapon was Abigail’s first Ruger — and that, while Channel 7 was showing “A Good Gal with a Gun,” the DA was announcing that Abigail would be prosecuted for failing to report the theft of the first Ruger.

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