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Maya Angelou Recounts Shooting at Intruder

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By Cyrus Afzali   |   Thursday, 04 Apr 2013 11:40 AM

Renowned author and poet Maya Angelou tells Time magazine that she believes in gun ownership and was once forced to confront an intruder at her home by firing off a couple of rounds.

“I do like to have guns around,” Angelou says in the latest issue of Time. “I don’t like to carry them, but I like – if somebody is going to come into my house and I have not put out the welcome mat – I want to stop them.”

Asked if she had ever fired one, Angelou, who turned 85 on Thursday, said, “Of course,” and recounted an incident where she apparently scared off someone trying to enter her house.

“I was at my house in North Carolina and it was fall. I heard someone walking on the leaves and somebody actually turned the knob. So I said, ‘Stand four feet back because I’m going to shoot now.’ The police came by and said, ‘Ms. Angelou, the shots came from inside the house.’ I said, ‘Well, I don’t know how that happened.’”

Angelou said she was taught to keep a gun handy at home by her mother.

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