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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nonmember avatar krelia

Hard to say the intruder would have done anything. He might have just left. But luckily gun people fire first and ask questions later.

Littl... LittleFrogsMA

Gee.. I notice she didn't require 100 bullets or an AR-15 to protect her family, did she?

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Amen, LittleFrogsMA! Nothing wrong with having a gun, but nothing too powerful!

nonmember avatar LK

Exactly! I agree with the two posters above me. I absolutely see nothing wrong with having guns for self defense, and the brave mama did beautifully to save her family! People need to quit like gun control has to be "all or nothing."

nonmember avatar Cass

Littlefrogs and pinkmani, nobody needs a Ferrari or sports car to get around. A Camry will get you from point a to point b just as well. That doesn't mean we should ban ferraris, even though they are more likely to be driven at dangerous speeds. It is not the government's right to dictate how many bullets or what type of gun should be allowed. If I were a criminal and the limit was 10, the first thing I would do is buy a gun with more bullets before breaking into someone's home. Bad things happen every day- there is no reason to make victims of responsible, law-abiding gun owners. With one sole exception (Gabby Giffords' shooting at a grocery store), every mass shooting in this country (defined as more than 3 people) has taken place in a gun-free zone. The aurora shooter appears to have chosen the only theatre in town that banned concealed handguns, despite it not being the largest or closest. If you don't want a gun, fine. That's your right. It is also my right to carry a gun- so lets stay out of each others' rights.

nonmember avatar Cass

Krelia, he broke into their house and attempted to enter the room in which this woman and her daughters were hiding. It wasn't as if he knocked on her front door and she shot him on her doorstep. I don't care if this guy just wanted to dance swan lake in their living room- he broke in and deserved to get shot. Besides, she didn't know what his intentions are. Should she have waited for her or one of her daughters to be attacked, raped, or murdered? Should she have waited until he took a TV off the wall and started running? Her house, her property, her right.

girly... girlygirl0

way to go.. SO happy the thief got what he deserved.. You break in you get shot MOFO.. no sympathy here.. CELEBRATING RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS

momof... momof030404

Yall are SOOO right. One she should have waited and asked him why he was BREAKING INTO HER HOUSE and I am sure he would have stopped and politely answered. And 2 we should outlaw Ferrari's and  lamborghinis....I mean WHY do you need a car that goes that fast, and in the hands of the wrong people become huge KILLING machines, to drive from point A to point B? Thank god this mom had what SHE thought SHE needed and fired as many times as SHE IN THAT SITUATION felt she needed to protect her babies. A Bureaucrat in DC would be MUCH better at making the decision for her....

bills... billsfan1104

Of course, the stir writer couldnt just go with the story, instead it is always political.


To the posters who said that she didnt need an AR-15 or 100 bullets, to shoot him.  She ran out of bullets, or she probably would of put more into his ass. Do you guys know what an AR-15 is??? 

BeckyP. BeckyP.

"cass" took the words right out of my mouth. There's no way in hell I would wait to see what somebody MIGHT or might not do. I would have done exactly the same as this mom to protect my family, myself and my home.

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