JayG links to an article from Oklahoma where a victim of a home invasion shot and killed one of the intruders and critically wounded the other. The kicker to this?? She took NO action and was cooperative until they wanted her to undress. She was willing to give up her belongings, but to not be raped.
Folks like Daley in Chicago and those who would take away our Second Amendment Rights would just as soon she lie back and take it rather than having the ability to change a situation so that she would not be violated in her own home. When she pulled her gun, she shot one intruder and the other tried to take it away from her but her boyfriend intervened and 'despite taking several blows to the head' she was able to both hold on to her weapon and to get her shots off --five in all--and held them at gunpoint until the police arrived.
She obviously knew how to use her gun--it wasn't for show. She was willing to give up her stuff--it was only when the situation turned personal that she decided to take action--it was a last resort. Despite her boyfriend being there, it was the gun that turned the tide. I know that I'm a LOT smaller than most men--Mr. B and I were looking at a picture and I barely come up to his shoulder. I simply do not have the physical strength and size that would be necessary to fight off any man--even if he's a shrimp like me--the strength ratio just isn't there. But I am armed and that would be enough to equalize the odds between myself and an intruder who would be armed with a knife or a screwdriver (if they are armed with a gun, it'd come down to speed and accuracy, I guess).
But at least I'd have a chance, which I otherwise wouldn't.
ETA: Read this post from Tam who discusses the problem of daytime predators in a 'no firearm zone'. Situational awareness also goes a VERY long way to being safe. I'm guilty of being fairly unaware once I hit the driveway and need to work on that--can't take it for granted.
5 weeks ago