NRA Hails Gun-Slinging Reagan
Waving a .45-caliber gun, a young Ronald Reagan confronted an armed mugger and saved a young woman from being robbed or worse.
The story of Reagan's heroism was recently revealed by the NRA's online newsletter. The report recalled how the future president became a hero to Melba King, then a 22-year-old nursing student in Des Moines, Iowa. The year was 1933, soon after Reagan moved to Des Moines to start a career as a radio sportscaster.
King was walking home one night when a mugger came up behind her with a gun and demanded her money.
A sharp-eyed Reagan saw the incident when looking out a second-story window, grabbed a .45-caliber revolver, pointed it at the mugger and shouted, "Leave her alone or Iâ€™ll shoot you right between the shoulders!â€ť The robber fled.
Reagan then walked the young woman home.