Herron had never seen himself as a gun owner. But his outlook changed in May, the instant a would be burglar climbed through a first floor window in his house while Herron was upstairs in his bedroom. Herron, 5 feet 11 and 218 pounds, thwarted the burglary by disabling one of two suspects, beating him with an unscrewed bedpost. The suspect was hospitalized. In the event there's a next time, Herron, 26, figures he'll be more prepared. Now he owns a gun.

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