A woman in Foley, Alabama was able to fend off an intruder after retrieving a handgun from under her mattress. As WKRG reports, the woman was able to fend off the intruder without even firing her gun at him.
The burglar "backed down and left" after seeing the gun, the report says.
That's the beauty of being responsibly armed. Often times, you merely need to let the attackers know you have a firearm and are willing to defend yourself and they'll back down.
Luckily for this woman, that was the case - especially, given that the intruder wrote an apology letter and delivered it to her home before the police showed up.
(h/t, Guns Save Lives)