Nope. This isn’t another scenario of, “Well, if someone broke in I’d shoot him,” with the usual argument afterwards of, “You say you would, but you don’t know if you would until it really happens.”
I submit to you the story of Sarah McKinley, an 18 year old recently widowed mother of a three month old son, who found herself in a scary situation. If you haven’t heard about this yet please click the link above and check it out.
Here’s the short version:
On New Years Eve she was in her home in Oklahoma with her three month old son when 24 year old Justin Martin broke in brandishing a knife.
It took Martin and his accomplice, Dustin Stewart, about twenty minutes to break in and when Martin finally broke through the door she was on the other side with a shotgun load of goodies just for him. What happened? Let’s just say that Martin is spending the new year and the rest of eternity in a place where he won’t have a problem staying warm.
During the interview on one of the news channels she says something to the effect of, “I wouldn’t have done it if it weren’t for the baby.” But she did do it and now she and her baby are safe.
In the end it comes down to means and motivation. She had the means to protect herself with a pistol and a shotgun, and the motivation was provided by her son. Would she have done the same if her son wasn’t there? Who knows?
I won’t go into a lot of detail here because you can read the story and watch the video (with the 911 recording) for yourself, but I will note a few remarkable things: 1) This young woman seemed calm as a cucumber, 2) She did all the right things (in my opinion) in this situation up to and including pulling the trigger, 3) The other guy turned himself in after the incident and is now being charged with murder.
Now, what do YOU think? Should she have waited and just let these guys take drugs or money or whatever they wanted? (In which case Martin would probably still be alive.)
Would you have done the same thing in her situation? Would you have shot early or waited? Or maybe not shot at all?
Let’s hear what you think in the comments below.