Posted By Russ on January 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm
The good news — one goblin down, one under arrest.
A young Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old baby on New Year’s Eve, less than a week after the baby’s father died of cancer.
Sarah McKinley says that a week earlier a man named Justin Martin dropped by on the day of her husband’s funeral, claiming that he was a neighbor who wanted to say hello. The 18-year-old Oklahoma City area woman did not let him into her home that day.
On New Year’s Eve Martin returned with another man, Dustin Stewart, and this time was armed with a 12-inch hunting knife. The two soon began trying to break into McKinley’s home.
The bad news — this is a bit more complicated than mere scorekeeping, but fundamentally boils down to the question: how poorly educated on their own basic rights are people, such that a young mother has to ask a 911 operator whether it is OK to use deadly force to defend herself and her child from a murderous attack?
Admittedly, the brave young woman was under an enormous, unimaginable amount of stress. The right to self defense, however, is the most basic of all rights, and should be a no-brainer under virtually any circumstance.
There is an anti-gun culture that tries to teach that firearms are evil in each, any, and every case. That culture nearly cost Sarah McKinley her life.