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August 21, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Senior citizen uses shotgun to take out violent, escaped con.

An Iowa man shot and killed an escaped inmate on Tuesday after the convict held him and his wife hostage in their home, investigators said.

Jerome Mauderly, 71, and his wife, Carolyn, 66, were asleep when escaped inmate Rodney Long, 38, broke into their rural Bedford home a little after 10 p.m. on Monday, said Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokesman Mitch Mortvedt.

Long — who had allegedly shot a deputy pursuing him on Sunday — woke up the Mauderlys and disabled their landline phones except for a line in the couple’s bedroom. He then took a shotgun that Jerome Mauderly, a retired prison guard and farmer, had loaded that night and placed next to the bed before going to sleep.

“(The Mauderlys) knew the situation. There was an escaped inmate, armed and dangerous. They were not the only people in the community that had loaded weapons that night,” Mortvedt said.

The Mauderlys’ home is isolated, surrounded by cornfields with the nearest neighbor about a mile away.

Long took the shotgun from the bedroom and moved it to the kitchen. He held the Mauderlys hostage at gunpoint for about four hours while he rummaged through their home for supplies and used their cell phone.

Around 2 a.m. Tuesday, while Long was upstairs looking for supplies, Jerome Mauderly sneaked into the kitchen and recovered his shotgun, Mortvedt said. Carolyn Mauderly called 911 from their bedroom. When Long walked down the stairs, Jerome Mauderly shot him in the torso.

Long was apparently armed when he arrived, so he took the couple’s shotgun to keep them in control. I just note that for the gun grabbers who might say that if they hadn’t had the gun, the convict wouldn’t have had a weapon. He was already armed.

Joe Biden’s advice to fire warning shots remains some of the worst advice ever dispensed.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Joe Biden’s advice to fire "warning shots"....

You mean Joe Biden's advice to negligently discharge a firearm, terroristic threaten or assault with a deadly weapon? Or whatever they decide to prosecute you for since the very description "warning" reveals the individual did not have a reasonable belief of a legally imminent threat to justify the use of deadly force.

So can we end this fallacy that warning shots actually exist in a self defense situation? They can be termed "warning shots" since ironically they undermine any claim of justifiable self defense.
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Mr. Mauderly DID fire a warning shot. The only one that is legal and responsible in this situation. As Dad3 noted, the armed citizen is a warning to those thinking about straying off the path. As we teach at KR Training, 'warning shots' can result in criminal prosecution, and who knows what you'll hit downrange? Perhaps another felony: manslaughter or attempted murder? Now let's wait for Obama to tweet another about 'gun violence' and let's have Bloomberg's Mayors Against Guns "No More Names" tour add "Rodney Long" to his list of "gun violence victims."

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e9c5f0fd#/e9c5f0fd/87
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Yes, the only warning should be to the next person that attempts to take break into someone else home as in, WARNING, if you break in here, you'll end up dead just like the last guy.

Any time Joe opens his mouth, we should immediately do the opposite. That would be good advice to everyone
49 weeks ago
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I would modify Biden's advice slightly. Just fire the two warning shots into the head of the intruder and then yell "Halt". If the authorities question the sequence of events just tell them you're dyslexic and you'll be covered under the Americans with Disabailities Act.
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Is my inability to spell covered under the Act? Just wondering...
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Yes, but only if poor spelling is considered a "Disabaility."
49 weeks ago
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Y'know, under the right circumstances, I think it actually might be.
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