With Guns A-Blazing

Posted: January 4, 2012 in Crime, family, Headlines, Life
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There’s a violent stranger beating down your door. You don’t know if they’re going to rob you, beat you, rape you, kill you. Would you shoot them? COULD you shoot them? She did.

18-Year-Old Mom Kills Intruder

Imagine the scene. Front door splintered, footsteps thundering down the hallway, voices shouting, baby crying. Barricaded in a room with loaded weapons and an emergency operator on the phone, and you’re asking whether you can kill someone to save your child. You’re ready to; you just want to know if you CAN.

The rest of us wonder “What would I do if it were me?” As a bartender and cashier at a number of casinos, I was told by every boss I worked for that if an armed robber walked through the door, you give them what they want, get them the hell out of there as fast as you can, then call the police. You don’t put yourself in harm’s way for things because things can be replaced. People can’t be.

I don’t have any kids but if other members of my family and I were in danger from an armed intruder who meant to do us bodily harm, I would do my damnedest to protect them. We never know for sure how we’ll react in that kind of situation until we’re actually in it. But if you had to make the decision, right now, what would you have done?

  1. In her situation I think I would shoot, but I would not have posed with the gun afterward. Kudos to her for doing everything she could to avoid shooting him. Why the hell did it take so long for the cops to get there? Twenty-one minutes?

    • I wasn’t thrilled with the gun pose, either. As a former reporter, I can imagine how that went. “So, take us through what happened – show us what you did. Bob, get a shot of her with the gun, O.K.?” Yeah, I would say the cop response time is seriously lacking, especially if you know the caller is about to shoot somebody.

  2. Very interesting question… I think if that happened to me and I was with child, I would shoot AT the intruder, more to scare him/her away than to cause bodily harm.

  3. Kay Vallery Young says:

    I’ve always wondered on cop shows why they don’t shoot to disable instead of kill–they do have target practice, after all. If it had been me and my chickadees, I doubt I’d bothered calling 9-1-1, I’d just have hid my babies and braced myself with my gun poised to shoot in the belly (knowing gut shots can be fatal, too, but they take longer and are more painful, but mostly that if I aimed for the head I’d probably miss entirely!) Can you tell I missed the report on TV? I heard the headline and then had to run out the door for a doctor appointment.

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