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The title says it all

From: MO <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 11:06:00 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Funeral Director Shooting Article

Dear Sir:
I am very disappointed in the headline you chose regarding the attack on Funeral Director John Harmon III.

Exchange of bullets hospitalizes teen

Hit by return fire, he is in serious condition. A funeral home owner shot in the shoulder goes to work the next day.

St. Petersburg Times,
published August 15, 2001

From the main headline you would think it is TWO thugs fighting it out, rather than a law-abiding citizen protecting his life and property against a vicious mugger. Heck, you could even think that the law-abiding citizen tried to mug the teen.

Here is my suggestion for a more honest and truthful headline:

Armed Citizen protects own life - illegally armed mugger hospitalized

or, try this....

Citizen protects life, property with legal firearm.

or maybe...

Armed mugger shot by Armed Citizen - Citizen returns to work, mugger in hospital

even this is better...

Cowardly teen attacks citizen - teen hospitalized after citizen protects himself

Please try to do better by your readers by promoting articles in an open, honest, and truthful manner.

Mike O.
Chicago, IL

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