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by Lynn Miller, who with Linda, his wife, volunteered with MVS in the East Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Well, it finally happened.

Linda and I were held up at gun-point as we were walking to the church. Just before we got there a guy came to us, pointed a gun at me, and said, "Give me your money or I'll shoot."

Now we had been warned that this might happen in this neighborhood, and I had practiced a number of ways to respond non-violently. I had practiced some great "alternative responses" like, "wow, neat gun. What caliber is it? How about selling it to me?" Or, "I must tell you, at this moment I am wearing boxer shorts, and I know how to use them!" But this happened so fast I didn't have time to think of any of them.

What I did do was tell him that I didn't have any money, but that if he would come with us to the church we would try to find something for him. He shouted again for me to give him "the money," and I repeated that I didn't have any but we could find something for him at the church.

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Jan 11, 2013