GUNS: A real life tool in action



Posted on October 22, 2011 at 7:20pm by Christopher Santarelli

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An elderly Northern California-woman woke early Friday morning to hear an intruder attempting to break into her home. CBS 12 reports that the 66-year-old Donna Hopper is still shaken after shooting the 37-year-old intruder dead:

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Hopper says she was terrified when she heard the intruder at her her door, firing two warning shots through her window to scare the man away. When 37-year-old Jesse Edward Theis persisted, attempting to come back in, Hopper fired a fatal shot in his abdomen, killing Theis on the scene.

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I feel bad for this poor woman. To have that on your mind for the rest of your life, it’s a burden.

On a humorous note, after two warning shots, the fellow didn’t move along to an easier target.

Serendipity, a few hours ago, I posted about women and guns. About what fool would want to be down range from even a crazy woman sending lead in your direction!

So what happens if you’re in that situation. Do you, as the popular bumper sticker says, “dial 911 and die”?

Or do you reach over to your “safe”, cycle the action, and put two warning shots down range.

(I am rethinking using my 1911 and 45ACP as being too powerful for “home defense use”. But if it’s a bear or a druggie on speed, then it’s just right. Assuming I can hit what I aim at.)

Of course, my favorite for home defense is the old shotgun. It makes such a distinctive sound when you cycle the action. Like that favorite old joke about the Quaker who says to the intruder in a darkened room: “I mean thee no harm, but thou are standing where I plan to shoot. LOL! Dumb. The few Quakers I know would never shoot at any human under any circumstances. Us Libertarians would be carefully considering the balance. To use deadly force, one must be facing a deadly threat.

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One Response to GUNS: A real life tool in action

  1. Bob says:

    Yes, the woman has to live with her actions for the rest of her life, but at least she has a rest of her life. Anyone who disregards 2 warning shots is either very stupid, or strung out and needs money/drugs fast, at any cost. Stopping someone like that requires force, and she had it. I guarantee she will live better with this feeling than had she been robbed, raped, possibly murdered, waiting for a response from 911.Thats a much worse feeling, to be sure. At best, they might have been there in 5 minutes, if they are real close, far too late to help her from someone this desperate. If we want to know what the US would be like with the strict gun laws that the neo-liberals want to enforce, just look closely south of the border. The Mexican govt took away one of the hallmark freedoms of Mexico, to own weapons, explaining it would stop crime, but actually wanting the govt to be in total control of a very economically imbalanced society. While they gained control of the masses, they took away the individual, and the isolated pueblos ability, to protect themselves from those who dont really care for gun laws. The drug cartels now hold the entire country hostage, including the govt. They cannot regain control, no matter how hard they try. Had the general population still been in possession of their typical forms of self defense without the threat of 10 years in prison, they would have never allowed these thugs to gain the foothold they now enjoy. The Mexican people are a proud and strong people, with many a revolution under their belts, peasants standing up to anyone who attacks their tranquil way of life. They would have stopped these narcotraffico scum dead in their tracks had they been allowed to. The reality is that the only way for the Mexican govt to get back in control now is to arm the people, or at least allow the common man to arm himself. Power of the people is strong, but there has to be an even playing field. No longer will pitch forks do when the enemy has AK-47s handed to them by the US govt in a failed attempt at blaming our gun laws for Mexicos problem. What a tangled web the govt weaves when it tries to control the uncontrollable; people spirit, and need to be free.

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