There is so much going on in this story to talk about. Where you live doesn't make you immune to crime. It may decrease the likelihood, but it can still happen. What you can be is prepared with some kind of plan. If you don't have a plan, you run the risk of scrambling around trying to decide if you should use a BB gun to run off intruders or go search for that .22 rifle. Luckily, this woman had the time to do just that. It's pretty obvious the guys didn't know there were still people in the home. Otherwise, it could have turned out differently.
The mother locks her 10-year-old son in a closet and goes to confront the burglars.
"I started calling 911. I called five times. They kept hanging up on me," the 10-year-old said.
This. This is why you need a plan. The police took 25 minutes to arrive.
Meanwhile, mom has found a .22 rifle and moves to confront the people that have broken into her home.
"So I put the gun up and I'm going to shoot him. His back is to me and I realize I can't shoot a man in the back," she said.
She was obviously much more considerate of him than he was of her. A second burglar appeared out of the game room yelling she had a gun. The gun went off.
Sigh. If you feel you are threatened, putting on your white cowboy hat and acting like this is a black-and-white Roy Rogers movie could get you in serious trouble. Also, that part about her being "more considerate" - I didn't write that. That's all the reporter, which I thought was pretty awesome. Also, guns don't go "off".
Then the report trails off into a bunch of garble about how nice the neighborhood is and they have horses and stuff. Like that is a talisman against crime in some way. Well, maybe the "horses" are actually gun-free zone unicorns and they keep away crime. Somehow I doubt that.
To be positive, she did the right thing with the situation she was in. You go to war with what you have. However, a simple game plan could have left a lot less to chance and stacked the deck in the homeowner's favor. Having a firearm ready in the same place all of the time is a great idea. I have a couple of firearms that live in one place. I don't have to remember if I carried it that day and forgot to put it back if bad guys come calling. Yes, I do take them to the range for a workout, but they get cleaned (most times), loaded and put right back. The last thing I want my wife or me doing is scrambling around to try and find the right tool. Maybe it's just me, but I usually carry all of the time in the house too.
I try not to be overly critical of people that go through an event like this. I don't want to come across as negative or saying the homeowner was at fault. She did well for not having mentally prepared for such a bad situation. If this were my mother, I'd be proud that she did what she needed to do and showed great courage. My mind always works at angles such as: "how can I learn from this"/"what can this teach people?" I just would like people to realize that there is nothing wrong with preparedness. If you aren't lucky enough to have a few minutes to get ready, you could end up in a bad place.