Good: reluctant gun owner saves herself

Good: reluctant gun owner saves herself

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    Good: reluctant gun owner saves herself

    She (according to the "news anchor") was reluctant to purchase a gun, but did anyway... "Here we go" got her gun, and called 911... Intruder tried some sort of spray... she shot at him...

    Here's the story
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    Rats!
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    Too bad she didn't have a dead body for the coroner to pick up.
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    Besides being victimized, the mental affects will stick with her for a looooong time. I hope others follow her advice.
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    Doesn't sound like she ever fired that gun before she had to use it,trying to hit a man sized target during a high stress situation and never fired a gun in your life IMHO is stupid.I'll bet they can find every round she fired in the walls of her bedroom,some could even be in the floor and ceiling
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    My sister had her home broken into when she was in grad school. Nobody was home but the guy went through her entire dresser of clothes and stole whatever he could find including some underwear. She said she threw everything away and started over again. It haunted her for a long time. I can't imagine having to go through what this lady went through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    Doesn't sound like she ever fired that gun before she had to use it,trying to hit a man sized target during a high stress situation and never fired a gun in your life IMHO is stupid.I'll bet they can find every round she fired in the walls of her bedroom,some could even be in the floor and ceiling
    I wondered that too - she said she bought it, never thinking she'd need to use it.

    When I bought mine, I HOPED I'd never have to use it but I made my peace with "I MAY have to" before the purchase. Since then, I've hit the range on a regular basis. If I'm gonna have one, I'm darn sure gonna know how to use it!

    Good for her, that it worked out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    Doesn't sound like she ever fired that gun before she had to use it,trying to hit a man sized target during a high stress situation and never fired a gun in your life IMHO is stupid.I'll bet they can find every round she fired in the walls of her bedroom,some could even be in the floor and ceiling
    True enough.... but, it served the purpose.

    Should she have had some training..? yes...
    Could it have gone very bad for her? Yes.
    A little Spackle and some paint, and it all goes away...
    A sexual assault on top of a robbery? Not so much.

    She did good. She was as prepared as she could be... If she had bought the gun yesterday, with all the plans to get training with it next weekend, should she have left it in the box?

    My bet... at least my hope, is that someone in the community of trainers will make some effort to contact this woman (thru the reporters that reported it if no other way) and offer some training, gratis... I would.
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    I bet she'll be putting in some range time in the near future. It's too bad the BG didn't get the hot lead and handcff effect, it might've changed his career choices.
    Why?? Because at the last second, the Police are minutes away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lish View Post
    When I bought mine, I HOPED I'd never have to use it but I made my peace with "I MAY have to" before the purchase. Since then, I've hit the range on a regular basis. If I'm gonna have one, I'm darn sure gonna know how to use it!
    Excellent way to approach this responsibility. I hope all women (and men for that matter) have the same outlook. You gave this Nana a smile. Thank you.
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    More range time and she's "good to go" , then maybe she won't miss next time.
    Obviously she's happy with her purchase decision now.
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    Once again, the legal use of a firearm prevented a violent crime against a percieved hapless victim.

    Of course the anti gun folks will do their best to twist it and make the gun wielding person into the criminal and not a victim.

    Her statement that she never imagined in a million years she would use it sums up what most of who own firearms wish. We don't ever want to use one to thwart a crime or to kill someone committing a crime.

    She also states "what would have happend if I didn't have it?" We all know the answer to that, she would have been assaulted, possibly raped or worst of all, killed by the intruder.

    She did all the right stuff, and even though the perpetrator got away, his days are numbered. The next occupied home he busts into may have someone who knows how to shoot and give him "retirement" from his occupation.
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    With a BG in your home, your first goal should be to get them to leave the house. She fired her weapon and he left...mission accomplished. That's why there's a pump shotgun in our bedroom. The sound of a round being racked should be enough to scare anyone into running. If not, they deserve what happens next.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaGunny View Post
    With a BG in your home, your first goal should be to get them to leave the house. She fired her weapon and he left...mission accomplished. That's why there's a pump shotgun in our bedroom. The sound of a round being racked should be enough to scare anyone into running. If not, they deserve what happens next.
    If it's a crack head... he'll never hear the racking sound... or, if he's desperate enough, won't care.... Besides, why waste the one in the chamber to rack another? You do have one in the chamber, right?

    Just some food for thought.... I used to think that, too. Sarah Connor racking it one handed in The Terminator was the greatest.... But I'm sorry... when the machines come or the zombies or the hordes of brigands after the collapse... I'm gonna have one in the chamber... Until I got no more to have there.
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    Two women, two different outcomes. See this thread for the results when a woman is prevented from defending herself (BAD: Woman raped in Manhattan). At least the 'reluctant gun owner' had a gun to stop the BG. I'm sure she'll have nightmares, but imagine the nightmares that the woman in New York will be having.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oakchas View Post
    My bet... at least my hope, is that someone in the community of trainers will make some effort to contact this woman (thru the reporters that reported it if no other way) and offer some training, gratis... I would.
    It appears in the comments below the story that a local instructor offered that very thing..........

    The victim said after living in that home for eight years, she doesn’t feel safe anymore
    I can't hardly stand hearing that "..feeling safe" comment. It's a farce and this was a releativly cheap lesson learned for our victim. Anytime, anywhere is what I read here somewhere, and it's a simple truth. I hope she recovers from this and shores herself up with some trigger time and a good concealed carry class.
    "Just getting a concealed carry permit means you haven't commited a crime yet. CCP holders commit crimes." Daniel Vice, senior attorney for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, quoted on Fox & Friends, 8 Jul, 2008

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