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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Flori... Floridamom96

It is not about what anyone thinks or feels, it's about what the Constitution says. And no matter what you think is a good idea the Constitution simply does not allow for any of the measures that you deem okay. It specifically stops all levels of government from creating any type of gun restrictions since they all encroach or infringe our right to both keep (posses) and bear (carry on our person) arms. All gun control proponents are conveniently ignoring the most important thing in this so called debate, the constitution of the United States of America. You are also ignoring the fact that the words it contains have unchangeable meanings. The Constitution is not a living and breathing document. It is rigid and static unless acted upon. If you want it to say something other than what it says then you must take action to change it.

Flori... Floridamom96

To infringe: to encroach upon in any way. To encroach: to enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of another. I know this always comes as a shock to liberals, but words mean things. We are obligated to follow the constitution AS IT IS WRITTEN, not as if it says what we want it to say. To that end ALL gun restrictions infringe upon on our right to keep and bear arms, including registration and licensing.

A simple registration as you call it is the means by which the government will attempt to disarm the citizens. It's already happened here in the U.S. in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina New Orleans police used their registry to forcibly disarm law abiding, legal gun owners. Where in the constitution is any level of government expressly given authority to demand or require such information from its citizens?

worms... wormspoop

Sounds like it was one of those big bad semi automatics, lol (note sarcasm)

Flori... Floridamom96

Tuffy, my husband bought us a new semi-automatic rifle yesterday, the kind of rifle all the idiots fear and refer to as and "assault rifle". (I won't say exactly which gun it is.) My hero!

Flori... Floridamom96

Julie, where is the evidence that "for every story like this, there are plenty more in which a child accidentally shoots and kills himself or someone else"? What's your source? I find it absolutely appalling that you would make such an irresponsible claim and make absolutely zero attempt to prove it.

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

Also, for every story like this, there are many others where the potential victim simply has to show their gun to stop an attack. Those you don't hear about.

nonmember avatar zach

You guys are all crazy. No sense in trying to reason with the unreasonable.

sassy... sassy.sleever

All I can say is way to go mom.You did what you felt you had to do to keep your babies safe cuz lets face it 9 times out of 10 if you would not have done what you did he would of killed you and your babies

Flori... Floridamom96

Zach, name one single time where I was crazy or even unreasonable? It seems to me that I made very reasonable, perfectly logical points that you lack the ability to counter. Therefore, you throw your hands up and call us all crazy and unreasonable. I call that cowardly.

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