The incident happened in Decatur, Alabama and I'd call it one of the cleanest DGUs you could hope for. But it still brings up some questions.
The 69-year old lady kept a loaded gun under her pillow and finally got to use it on a burglar. In most cases, wouldn't the likelihood of accidentally shooting herself or some friend or relative be greater than what happened here? Isn't the chance of a burglar stealing her gun greater than what happened here? Where is the gun when she goes out to church or the market?
This young man was wounded quite seriously. He could easily have been killed. What if his intentions were not to rape and murder but just to steal the microwave and slip back out the door? In that case, and I know we can't know that and the lady was within her rights to defend herself, but if the kid wasn't really a lethal threat, the response was excessive. Am I right?
Wouldn't there be a middle-ground approach too? How about telling the burglar, "I've got a gun on you, turn around and get out." I know that offends all you letter-of-the-law guys who fantasize about just this kind of opportunity, but putting aside all that macho nonsense for a minute, wouldn't it have been better if granny had scared the kid away instead of shooting three times at center of mass?
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