A Nurse with a Gun

Sunday, December 28, 2008

From Beneath the Cushions

Charles 'Johnny' Johnson purchased his 38 special revolver decades ago. As he watched his neighborhood disintegrate around him, he and his wife of seventy-two years found themselves in a hard earned home with bars on the windows. After he retired, the 91 year old man began keeping his revolver between his sofa cushions, just in case.

Johnson's wife, Berlie Mae, was watching the television on December 23, 2008 as Johnson rested on the sofa. Suddenly a masked man entered through the back door. "What are you doing? What are you doing?" shrieked Berlie Mae from her wheelchair as the man advanced and put a gun to her head.

"Be quiet. Don't say a word. Don't move," hissed the intruder.

As a second masked man entered through the back door, Johnson pulled his revolver from it's hiding place, where it had laid ready to face trouble for years. "You don't think, man. You do what you have to do," Johnson recalls. The second intruder saw the gun and turned tail back out the door.

Johnson focused his revolver at the intruder holding a gun to his bride's head. Center mass. One deafening shot resounded through the room. It was from Mr. Johnson's gun.

"I think I missed," says Johnson, describing how the hoodlum leaped and ran from his home. Police responded after Johnson walked to a neighbor's home to call them. His own phone had been disconnected by the home invaders. Authorities have requested that local hospital emergency rooms report any patient with an unexplained bullet wound.

"We want to get a message out to other people. Be prepared. Keep your doors locked. And be alert," Mr. Johnson said.

"And have a gun ready," declared Berlie Mae.



Blogger Joe Allen said...

Look at that pic! She might have been more in love with him on the day they got married, but I wouldn't bet on it.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Old NFO said...

He did what he had to do, and I'll bet he didn't miss!

8:33 PM  
Anonymous beth said...


8:54 PM  
Blogger DouginSalcha said...

Good for them!

He's 91 and they've been married for 72 years. That means she is nearly as old as he is - funny, neither one looks quite that old.

Thanks for the uplifting story of what an armed citizen can do to defend himself and his loved one. It's good to hear, occasionally, that the good guys win!

I know it happens - we just don't hear about it often enough...

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd read this story elsewhere, and I love it! I expect that those were two extremely surprised criminals who thought they had easy pickin's. May they have more such unpleasant surprises in their futures.

Good for them, and also good for the news agency for reporting the couple's comments.

Another nurse with a gun

10:24 AM  
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10:34 AM  
Blogger Mike W. said...

Good for them!

I love these kind of stories.

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Shannon said...

I sure wish these stories received better coverage.

If this gentleman hadn't been armed, I'm quite sure we'd be reading about these two elderly people being found dead in the home they probably worked their entire lives to pay for.

It's sad that our elderly are often the first targets of the thugs. My grandmother watched her neighborhood go from a place where hard-working folks lived in modest, neatly kept homes to a run-down thug infested ghetto. Every night she had some thug trying to come in through a window or kick in her door. I can remember my uncle hitting one thug on the head with his .38 so hard it bent the trigger guard...another he got off one shot as the guy headed for the alley and cleared a 5 foot chain link fence without even touching it. It finally got so bad, she had to move out of her home and in with my aunt and uncle. The thugs that had taken over the neighborhood knew she was an old lady living alone and it was just too dangerous.

It's really sad to me. Whenever I go back home to Alabama, I go by her house...the difference is, although it was bad when she moved out, it's even worse now. I make sure my .44 stays close. Even stopping at a stop sign on that side of town now can get you hurt... How our society ever allowed the thugs to take over parts of entire towns is beyond me. At some point, enough has GOT to be enough...

6:33 PM  

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