Brave Mom Shoots Intruder 5 Times to Save Twins (VIDEO)

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houseThe truly frightening incident began Friday afternoon in Loganville, Georgia. A woman was working from home while her 9-year-old twins, who had the day off from school, were playing downstairs.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she heard knocks on the door around noon, but ignored them because she figured it was someone selling something. But as the knocks grew more persistent, she became worried. So she got the twins and took them with her into a crawlspace that was connected to her office in the attic.

From there they heard a man, later identified as Paul Slater, break into their home with a crowbar then start going through their things. It's hard to imagine just how terrified they had to be in there, trying not to make a sound, trying not to panic, especially as he made his way up into the attic. 

But when he opened the door to where they were hiding,  he got a surprise. He found himself "staring down the barrel of a .38 revolver," Sheriff Joe Chapman told the paper. The mother fired six bullets, hitting him in the face and neck five times.

Even though she was out of bullets, she told him she'd shoot again if he moved. So as he lay there crying, she ran with her children to a neighbor's house. Slater was trying to flee the home in his car when police captured him.

“When you got five bullets in you, it makes you kind of disoriented,” Chapman said.

Wow, way to go mom.  She doesn't want her identity released, for understandable reasons, but I can't believe she had the composure to do what she did, and I wonder if I would. Chapman said, "You go after a mother’s kids and she’ll find herself capable of doing things she never thought she was capable of.”

It's the kind of story that makes gun rights proponents cheer, and it gives them ammunition (if you will) for their arguments that people should be allowed to have weapons. While I do believe adamantly that we need to reform gun control laws, stories like this do make me lean toward a more moderate approach. Of course, for every story like this, there are plenty more in which a child accidentally shoots and kills himself or someone else, so it's much more complicated than one-off incidents.

In this specific case, however, it's hard to deny that it was a good thing the woman had a gun. The story may have had a much more tragic ending if she hadn't, and good for her for having the courage to do what she did.

Do you think you would have been composed and brave enough to do what this woman did?

 

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PRIMA487 PRIMA487

Jeez wamom! What did a big city ass hole ever do to you? But you are correct about Bruce Willis movies,way too uncouth for most big city ass holes.

Bruic... Bruickson

I don't answer my door to anyone I do not know when my husband isn't home. I live in a nice, safe neighborhood but recently a home intruder tried to force his way into an elderly neighbor's home when he opened the door. Thankfully his son was home and when the intruder saw him he hauled ass. It isn't out of the realm of possibilities that the intruder in this case knew that this woman was alone with two small children and he was looking to do something much worse than rob her. She was smart to not wait to find out.

miche... micheledo

Really? All these comments about how she should have answered the door or at least looked. Have you ever had a 'sixth sense' tell you something is not right? Or maybe the poor woman had an experience in the past that made her more cautious then normal. It seems odd that you wouldn't look to see who was there, but I am assuming something put her on edge. And it would seem like that was a VERY good thing. We have no idea what the outcome would be if she had answered the door.

nonmember avatar zach

Do any of you gun fanatics know one person, just one, who believes that all guns should be taken away from citizens? The majority of the people I know believe in the 2nd amendment but still believe in gun control. They are not mutually exclusive.

nonmember avatar zach

And to wamom, I am extremely offended by your "big city assholes" comment. I live in the biggest city in our country, but I'm not an asshole. You made some valid points in your argument but it's hard to take you seriously when you say things like that.

mande... manderspanders

I agree with wamom. Big city assholes and liberal elitists just don't get it. Owning guns isn't just a matter of self defense, though; it is a constitutional right afforded to us in order to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government.

And it is the "big city assholes" and liberal elitists who keep shouting for more laws, more regulations, more govt. interference because the rest of us are too dumb and need saving from ourselves. Yea, right.

I want to be armed and protected from you and your nanny state government.

frogg... froggyt11

Billsfan I was thinking the same thing, if she'd had more ammo she would have shot him more. And while she did enough to stop him, it wasn't for good. Like the article says, by the time the cops got there he was up and moving trying to escape.

wamom223 wamom223

If you know you aren't one of the big city assholes I'm talking about then why would you be offended?  If you are saying this woman shouldn't have shot this man and instead should have risked her life by opening the door then I'm going to call you an asshole whether you live in the big city or not.  However, let's stop pretending like  people living in places like New York, L.A, Chicago, Boston and my personal favorite capitol of assholes Seattle don't think that they know what is best for the rest of the country and that you think you are smarter just because you live in the city rather than a rural area. If you don't feel that way fine (and thank you) but at least stop pretending like its not happening.  If it bothers you so much you should tell the assholes to sit down and shut up. 

wamom223 wamom223

I mean how do you think we feel out here on the other side of the country when Bloomberg starts his "I know best" bull shit like he is someone other than just the mayor of a city that he does a bad job running. I live 20 minutes from the place in Idaho where a man killed an entire family and kidnapped two children with out a gun and since that time you bet your ass I want to protect myself and my family. And like I said before, if I am out numbered I want as many shots as I could get. So let me ask all of you that question. If you are out in a cabin in the woods alone with your family and ten guys show up that just broke out of jail how many bullets do you want your gun to shoot and how fast do you want to fire them?

tuffy... tuffymama

If it was a semi-auto, the bastard would be dead and we wouldn't be supporting his criminal ass. I just bought more ammo yesterday. Stick it, Feinstein.

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