WATCH: An Alligator Snatched Up Her Dog…How She Saved Her Is INCREDIBLE

A Florida woman rescued her dog from the grips of an alligator.

Lori Beiswenger wrestled a 7.5-foot alligator after it dragged her dog Hope into a pond.

“I wasn’t thinking,” Beiswenger said. “It was the dumbest, bravest thing I’ve ever done, but I wasn’t gonna let [Hope] go.”

She explains: “I just said, ‘God, no, this can’t be happening, this can’t be happening.’”

Beiswenger, who owns Point O’ Woods Golf Course, grabbed the gator’s tail and wouldn’t let go until the alligator released her dog.

Jody Daniels, a volunteer at the golf course, lifted Hope’s body out of the water with a shovel and brought her up onto the ground. Beiswenger’s dog of nine years suffered several injuries, including a severed artery.

This was not Hope’s first run-in with death. Hope was adopted before she was about to be put down, and was also hit by a car.

Following the alligator incident, Hope has had surgery and is recovering well. “I love this dog, there was nothing, I wasn’t going to lose her,” Beiswenger said.

h/t: CBS News

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Watch: This Gun Shop Owner Is Making A Huge Move Against Islam After Chattanooga Shooting

In the wake of a massacre that left five U.S. military service members dead last week, many gun rights advocates have questioned the firearms prohibition enforced at recruiting stations across the U.S. One Florida businessman is making a statement on that aspect of the attack – as well as its apparent connections to radical Islam – with his new store policy.

Andy Hallinan recently released a Facebook video in which he describes why he recently implemented a ‘No Muslims Allowed’ policy at Florida Gun Supply.

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He began by detailing the ongoing cultural attacks on symbols like the Confederate flag and the Christian cross. Standing in front of the former, he declared that it represents “nothing but the rich heritage of the South and a willingness of patriots to stand up against tyranny of all sorts.”

While denigrating longstanding American traditions, Hallinan noted that the same activists are portraying Islam as a religion of peace and extremists within it as lone gunmen.

“Don’t believe their lies,” he said.

In light of the recent attack in Chattanooga, Tenn., Hallinan concluded that patriotic Americans are engaged in a war “not only with Islamic extremism” but “against extreme political correctness that threatens our lives – because if we can’t call evil evil for fear of offending people, then we can’t really defeat our enemies.”

For his part, Hallinan announced his business would be taking “drastic” steps to address the most recent act of domestic terrorism. First, he said both concealed carry classes and use of the shop’s shooting range will now be available to the public for free.

“Take this opportunity to get armed, get trained and carry daily,” he said.

Beyond that, he explained why he is turning the store into a “Muslim-free zone.”

Acknowledging that he has a “moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety of all patriots in my community,” Hallinan said that he cannot in good conscience “arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots.”

Should Muslims face additional scrutiny in obtaining firearms? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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This Florida County Just Decided To Do This With Confederate Flag – Dems Will Be Outraged

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Recent debate over the public display of the Confederate flag has resulted in several major corporations divesting from any product or service in any way related to the divisive banner. South Carolina lawmakers followed suit by voting this week to remove the flag from its previous perch at the Statehouse.

In the face of controversy, however, one Florida county is bucking the trend by reversing a recent decision to replace an existing Confederate flag with a banner bearing the county seal. The previous flag had flown outside the Marion County government complex for more than 20 years before the recent backlash prompted county leaders to reconsider its display.

The move was reportedly initiated by Interim County Administrator Bill Kauffman and approved by County Commission Chairman Stan McClain.

Following its removal, however, many in the community spoke out in support of the Confederate flag.

“We live in America,” said advocate David Stone, “and last time I checked, it was a democracy. So, here in Marion County, which has, what, 300,000 people, how can one man decide to take it off a flagpole?”

Wayne Radley shared a similar concern about Kauffman’s activism.

“He should definitely be ashamed of himself,” he said, “because he has caused a needless divide in this country that we did not have.”

McClain acknowledged the issue is a thorny one, noting the options left to the county include “either take the whole thing down, or try to use it as a historical tool from a historical perspective.”

As of the latest reports available, the Confederate flag is once again flying alongside four other flags at the complex. County commissioners are considering moving all of the poles to a nearby area and encouraging education about each one’s historical significance.

For John Horrigh, the flag is once again where it belongs.

“The fact remains,” he said as it was being hoisted up the pole, “it is a part of our common and shared history.”

Should the Confederate flag be removed from public buildings? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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WATCH: Judge Reveals This Shocking Truth About Her Childhood…Suspect Bursts Into Tears

Talk about a totally unexpected result from a couple of Middle School classmates being reunited…and under an incredibly heartbreaking set of circumstances.

BizPac Review has shared a story of a judge in Miami-Dade County, Fl., who recognized a suspect brought into her courtroom — a man facing charges of burglary and grand theft and was before Judge Mindy Glazer on a bond hearing. Standing in his orange jailhouse jumpsuit, Arthur Booth was certainly not prepared when Glazer asked if he had gone to Nautilus Middle School.

Within a second or two, the suspect held his hands to his face and began crying, repeating, “Oh, my goodness,” over and over. Glazer, the suspect’s former schoolmate, responded in a way that you have to see to fully understand.

According to WPLG-TV’s report on the emotional encounter:

Glazer said that Booth was the nicest and best kid in school.

“I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened,” Glazer said. “I’m so sorry to see this.”

Booth’s cousin, Melissa Miller, said he had potential to do great things in his life. She believed that he felt a sense of shame and remorse when he saw Glazer.

“It just brought back memories of how smart he was,” Miller said. “He was a scholar, well-rounded athlete, bilingual.”

You can watch how the unexpected reunion played out in the Florida courtroom by clicking on the video above.

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WATCH The Insane Thing That Happens When A Thrashing Shark Capsizes Fisherman’s Boat

When it comes to big fish stories, here’s one about the monster that didn’t get away…though, quite possibly, you might think that an angler in his right mind would have gladly let it go.

Sharks have been in the news quite a lot lately. Seven reported shark attacks in shallow coastal waters off North Caroline over the past few weeks have vacationers keeping a very close eye on the surf. And when Western Journalism shared a Tennessee woman’s self-made video about how to avoid shark attacks — a video called “Summer Safety Tips” that’s been viewed close to 6 million times — people who watched the very entertaining piece about a very serious subject went wild with appreciation.

Now, another video about a determined fisherman’s wild experience off Florida when a bull shark as big as his kayak took the bait and took the man for a scary ride. Fox News identifies the intrepid angler as Capt. Ben Chancey, who had to swim for his life when the 8-foot fish thrashed about and capsized the small boat.

However, once Chancey swam to the safety of a nearby vessel and caught his breath, he got right back on the horse, so to speak, hopped back into his kayak, and reeled in the shark that was still on his line. After besting the beast, Chancey reportedly let it go.

You can watch the insane recording of this dangerously close encounter by clicking on the video above.

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