Pistol Packers

The wild West, Florida-style

Sylvia Stark, 61, had just returned to her home in southwest Miami earlier this month when she heard someone rattling the latch on the front porch. Before she could call the police, a brawny youth barreled through the screen door, grabbed her purse and dashed off to a waiting car. Two weeks later the still shaken housewife could be found at a local shooting range, carefully aiming her new Smith & Wesson .38 Special at the blue silhouette of a would-be assailant. Says Stark: "The robbery made me very paranoid, and I just want to protect myself. Next time I won't...

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