Reply Fri 6 Jan, 2012 10:12 pm

By Rich Lowry

If the National Rifle Association had an award for Mother of the Year,
it might already have a winner. When two men began to break into
her home on New Year’s Eve, Sarah Dawn McKinley of Blanchard,
Okla., popped a bottle into her crying three-month-old baby’s
mouth and reached for her guns.

According to her account and that of police, she defended herself
and her child in terrifying circumstances. To say Mrs. McKinley
was in the middle of nowhere would exaggerate the centrality of
her location in a sparsely populated area about 25 miles outside of
Oklahoma City. To say her home was vulnerable would exaggerate
the security of a trailer with no alarm system or safe rooms.
To say she was on her own would probably exaggerate her sense
of connectedness, by herself, tending to her infant, after her
husband had died of lung cancer on Christmas Day.

This is the stuff of nightmares, but McKinley never lost her cool.
We know because, after shoving the couch in front of her door,
she called 911 from her cell phone. The recording of the call
should be put in a time capsule to capture the odd juxtaposition
in 21st-century America of hardscrabble common sense on the one
hand and a polite solicitousness toward the authorities on the other.

“I’m here by myself with my infant baby, can I please get a
dispatcher out here immediately?” she asked. Note the instinctive
civility of the “please.” The answer was basically “no.”

With three deputies covering 12,000 square miles, no one could
get to her soon. McKinley stayed on the line an incredible 21 minutes.
Then, she got to the crux of the matter. “I’ve got two guns in my hand,”
she told the operator. “Is it OK to shoot him if he comes in the door?”

This would seem a superfluous question if you believe your safety
is at risk at the hands of someone forcibly entering your home,
but not all states have the same “castle doctrine” as Oklahoma
that recognizes homeowners unambiguous right to shoot unlawful
intruders and not all jurisdictions are rational about firearms.

Visiting New York City from Tennessee, where she has a gun license,
Meredith Graves brought a pistol in her purse to the 9/11 Memorial.
When she saw a sign saying “No Guns Allowed,” she innocently asked
guards where she could check her pistol. This query prompted
her arrest on — yes — suspicion of carrying a loaded weapon.
She could face jail time, in what promises to be the most pointless
trial of the century.

Back in Oklahoma, the 911 operator was cagey, if unmistakable:
“I can’t tell you that you can do that, but you do what you have to
do to protect your baby.” That’s all the permission McKinley needed.
The confrontation ended badly for Justin Martin, a 24-year-old who
McKinley says had been harassing her. Police found him dead of a
single gunshot wound, armed with a knife. His accomplice told police
that they both were high on prescription painkillers and thought they
could find medications used by McKinley’s late husband.

McKinley says she is sorry about Martin’s death, but would do it again.
As Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote in a case nearly a century ago,
“detached reflection cannot be demanded in the presence of
an uplifted knife.”

Instances of self-defense are the anecdotes that gun controllers
never want to hear. The NRA keeps a running list of them on its
website: attempted armed robberies, home invasions, and other
attacks rebuffed every month by the would-be victims. Surely,
Sarah McKinley’s assailants thought the young, slender, widowed
mother was an easy mark. Her gun meant they were wrong.
Who would have it any other way?

Otherwise, the intruder has the knife and she has nothing except
a cellphone and the wan hope that someone armed with a gun
makes it to her in time.

Reply Sat 7 Jan, 2012 12:40 am
I saw her on the news. Gutsy young woman. I believe she shot the intruder with a rifle.

I think she's only 18, her husband died on Christmas day, and then she went through this harrowing experience. That's a little too much life and death drama for anyone to have to deal with in the course of a week and a half, let alone a young woman with a 3 month baby. I am glad she was able to defend herself and her child, but I'm sorry she had to go through the ordeal at all.

She obviously can defend herself, but I hope she decides to move to a safer location--one that's a little more populated, with emergency services closer by. With a baby, you never know what sort of emergency might arise and she does seem to be in a very isolated area.

Reply Sat 7 Jan, 2012 02:45 am
AGREED, Firefly. I believe there was some mention of a shotgun.
I 'm not clear on that point.

There sure woud be a lot less crime,
if drugs like the sought pain killers were freely sold legally,
as thay were 1OO years ago in naborhood drug stores.

I truly belive that government was never granted authority
to control what we citizens can voluntarily ingest.

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Reply Sat 7 Jan, 2012 06:25 pm

Its a good thing that she defended home & baby.

I don't think that he was equal to the task.

I was not, until I was 8.

To be more precise: I was 8 and .38 (until I upgraded).

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Reply Wed 11 Jan, 2012 08:43 am
"The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win and cheat if necessary."

"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."

"Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets. You may get killed with your own gun, but he'll have to beat you to death with it, because it's going to be empty."

"If you're not shooting', you should be loading'. If you're not loading', you should be moving', if you're not moving', someone's going to cut your head off and put it on a stick."

"When you reload in low light encounters, don't put your flashlight in your back pocket.. If you light yourself up, you'll look like an angel or the tooth fairy... and you're going to be one of 'em pretty soon."

"Do something. It may be wrong, but do something."

"Shoot what's available, as long as it's available, until something else becomes available."

"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid.. That's ridiculous. If you have a gun, what in the hell do you have to be paranoid for?"

"Don't shoot fast, unless you also shoot well."

"You can say 'stop' or 'alto' or use any other word you think will work, but I've found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someone's head is pretty much the universal language."

"You have the rest of your life to solve your problems.. How long you live depends on how well you do it."

"You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family."
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Reply Wed 11 Jan, 2012 08:45 am

1. Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.

2. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.

3. I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy.

4. When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.

5. A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him 'Why do you carry a 45?' The Ranger responded, 'Because they don't make a 46.'

6. An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.

7. The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm. 'Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?' 'No ma'am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my rifle.'

8. Beware of the woman who only has one gun, because she probably knows how to use it very well.
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Reply Thu 30 Aug, 2018 04:56 pm
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