Why Yes, Yes She WOULD!

And now that we’ve ruined your lunches, we feel that we owe you one of those heart-warming, encouraging stories for which this site has become justly infamous. Thanks to our very own vigilant LC Mope, we have just such a story for you.

Yes, we’re a giver. Thank you for noticing.

Martha Lewis of Dora, Ala. told WVTM-TV it was about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning when she heard a loud noise, which turned out to be someone kicking in her door.

Always a disturbing realization in the middle of the night. However, Mrs. Lewis was not to be deterred by such nocturnal shenanigans, so she promptly went and hid behind the couch while frantically dialing Domino’s Pizza 911. Except she didn’t. Except for the bit about calling the police, which is always a good idea, as long as you don’t stop with that:

Lewis said she called the police and grabbed her gun, then went to her daughters’ room and told them each to get something to defend themselves with. She said one grabbed an ax and one got a butcher knife.

They were at the top of the stairs when they saw a man standing there at the bottom.

“I knew when he stepped on the landing that I would have to shoot him,” Lewis told the station. “He starts like coming up the stairs and he said, ‘would you shoot me?‘ And I said ’I don’t want to have to but I will.’”

Which ought to have been warning enough. But it wasn’t:

Ignoring her warnings, the man kept coming — and that’s when Lewis said she fired.

And hit him too, after which he stumbled outside where he was later apprehended and sent to the hospital where he’s in stable condition. Unfortunately, by “stable” we don’t mean “ever so busy assuming room temperature.” Which leads us to the next part of this post, but not until we’ve let out a loud “YOU GO GIRL!” and done our Imperial Happy Dance.

There… All done.

Now, ma’am, before we say anything else, allow His Imperial Majesty to congratulate you on a job well done. You not only acted quickly and decisively, you also kept in mind that you might not emerge victorious from the initial confrontation and so made sure that you had a backup plan by making sure your daughters could defend themselves as well, should the unspeakable happen. That’s presence of mind for you. And in this particular situation, the sudden impact from your bullet obviously discouraged the goblin sufficiently that he decided to beat a hasty retreat. Justified shoot, good outcome.

However, and please know that this is only intended as constructive criticism aimed at assisting you in future encounters should such, heaven forbid, ever happen, there are a few things you need to learn from this.

First, while your non-lethal shot certainly accomplished its objective in this case, that’s no guarantee that it will always suffice. No, we’re not telling you to “shoot to kill”, we’re telling you to “shoot to stop the threat”, and the approach most likely to achieve this goal is to aim for vital parts that you can confidently hit, i.e. center mass. It may be that you did just that, the report doesn’t indicate, but then you need a bigger caliber gun. Again, we’re not saying this to be bloodthirsty (although His Sithness certainly is that), we’re saying it because a non-lethal wound might not always do the trick. Imagine if your intruder had been high on drugs, such as the “bath salts” now making the rounds. Reports indicate that such individuals can easily go on in spite of being severely wounded and, moreover, in the drug-addled state of mind, most likely will.

Second, and this is not a minor point:

Lewis said she’s had the gun for about three years but only for protection purposes.

Good. But you can’t stop there. You need to train with it too. Obviously in order to hit the target better and thus accomplish everything mentioned in the first part of what we wrote, but also, and this correlates nicely with that, in order to not hit that which you do not intend to hit. Good groupings accomplish two things: 1) Maximizing the odds of a favorable outcome (stopping the threat) and 2) minimizing the odds of hitting something or, worse still, somebody you did not intend to hit.

Again: We’re not second-guessing you and we’re most certainly not criticizing your response, you Did The Right Thing™ and there can be no debating that. But we spotted a few details that, if addressed properly, can help you Do The Right Thing™ even better in the future, should you ever have to. And we hope that you don’t. Once in a lifetime is once too many.

G-d bless you and, once again: Good job!

Thatisall.

20 comments

  1. 1
    LC Panzermann growls and barks:

    Well done. That’s somebody I’d love to take to the range for practice. There’s way too much ammo in the locker anyway.

  2. 2
    Orion growls and barks:

    Spot On!

    And she should train to always, always, always put at least two rounds down-range towards that center-mass. Increases the odds of at least one hit and allows – usually – a red spot to re-aim at for any follow on rounds as you re-assess the threat.

    Orion

  3. 3
    bruce growls and barks:

    she did ok but you should never give warning of any kind,don’t go looking,let the threat come to you and don’t expose your self lay down at the top of stairs use cover then when you are sure of your target shoot center of mass until the threat stops moving.i think a laser would be good.i use them on my mouse gun,kitchen gun and living room gun.i love it when the honest citizen shoots the criminal so good for you lady!remember the criminal fears the armed citizen more than he does the cop. :em01:

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  5. 5
    single stack growls and barks:

    What stood out to me in this story is that Martha and her daughters were upstairs and the daughters grabbed an axe and a butcher knife. The axe and the butcher knife were upstairs where the bedrooms are, not downstairs in the shed or the kitchen. It seems they already had a defense plan in place.
    These are my kind of females. (and Martha’s a good looking Southern Belle, too)

  6. 6
    Tallulah growls and barks:

    Hi, Excellent Rotties!

    Do you have any advice? I inherited my grandmother’s gun (she asked our grandfather to buy it for her during the Great Depression, as she felt responsible for defending her children and the servants when Grandfather was out of town on business). I live in the RED State of New York (as in Commie RED), and they don’t honor the Second Amendment, needless to say, so it’s in my father’s keeping in a True BLUE state for now (down South).

    Second fact: NYC doesn’t allow you to even visit a damn gun range unless you have a GUN PERMIT. That’s right; you can’t even go to one and learn to shoot the fucking things unless you’ve gone through all their hoops and gotten the Unobtainable Gun Permit. Those are handed out ONLY by (almost entirely) Demwit judges, and on extremely rare occasions: they also make you reapply for the permit every 2 years, each time rooking you for some $250 or so (IIRC).

    My question: is there a Constitutionally AMERICAN state near us where a CITIZEN can go and learn to shoot a revolver? Using a gun that is at the range? (NYC makes you DISMANTLE the fucking thing and put it in a cement block on the trunk of your fucking CAR just to transport it to the range).

    I’m serious. I would like to be able to handle this firearm. It’s a small S&W revolver; cute, actually.

  7. 7
    readerjp growls and barks:

    Tallulah, I have faced the same question. The Catch 22 of not being able to practice shooting without having a gun and then being forbidden to have one. I actually investigated it, and there’s a man who promises to get the permit for you for $500.

    Actually, I thought that upstate was more flexible about selling guns, but the nearest I’m sure about is Pennsylvania. You can at least go to a gun range.

  8. 8
    Mark12A growls and barks:

    I’m grateful that I live in Alabama; a state in which it is not considered to be more morally superior to be a victim than it is to defend yourself. I moved here from California. Nuff said.

    Perhaps, after the Next American Revolution, we will welcome like-minded refugees from the commie states who are willing to work and to take up arms to provide for the common defense. Not being squeamish about executions of those criminals who desperately deserve it would certainly help.

  9. 9
    MarineVet1995 growls and barks:

    Tallulah @ #:
    My advice would be to move. Deny Newspeak your tax payments, reclaim your right to drink a 32 oz soda if you so desire, and where you can own, buy or look at a gun without having to pay for the privilege. May I suggest Missouri?

  10. 10
    LC TerribleTroy growls and barks:

    @ Tallulah

    There are a number of firearm manufacturing companies in your area, I would imagine some of them have a civilian training program. Believe it or not, but New Hampshire is gun friendly, there were ranges there a few years ago where you could rent class 3 guns (automatics). You could go to the range where the gun currently lives when you pickup the gun and then when you return for a visit. You should consider having a gun smith inspect the gun to ensure it functions properly due to the age and probable lack of recent usage.

  11. 11
    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    Damn, Tallulah ;
    And I thought I had it rough here in Kalifornia. But the Central Valley is rural, conservative, God fearing type folks. Farm county. The big shitties are another matter. What they do here is make you drive fifty miles to a rifle range. The nearest pistol range is thirty miles from here. The police chief in my small town has offered to take me to the police range, being on a first name basis with him. I will be taking a trip soon to Carson City, Nevada, with my best friend Gary. He owns property there, they have some kick ass gun ranges without all the bullshit. Yes, we go to shoot rifles. He has an AK I’m very fond of.

  12. 12

    readerjp says:

    Actually, I thought that upstate was more flexible about selling guns, but the nearest I’m sure about is Pennsylvania. You can at least go to a gun range.

    I have a friend from Binghampton, and he says pretty much the same thing. But from all the “better than the city” stuff about the state, it’s still pretty fucked. I would leave.
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  13. 13
    single stack growls and barks:

    I’m sure glad I live where I do in Mississippi.
    We have pro 2A cops who applaud when a victim ventilates a goblin, and our gun club leases the local police training facility on the weekend. (we’re having a charity sporting clays shoot today)
    We’re a shall-issue state with a preemption statute, we don’t need a FOID, we don’t register our guns, and when interacting with LEOs we don’t have to tell them we’re armed unless they ask.

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    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan growls and barks:

    Tallulah @ #:6

    Come to Pennsylvania. It’s a great state provided you stay out of the two bottom corners. I live in Clearfield County, (As a matter right near a man who splits his time between Brooklyn and Clearfield cause he can’t stomach living in NY year around)

    If you’re up for a drive I would be more than happy to take you out to one of the many ranges we have around here.

  15. 15
    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan growls and barks:

    single stack says:

    I’m sure glad I live where I do in Mississippi.
    We have pro 2A cops who applaud when a victim ventilates a goblin, and our gun club leases the local police training facility on the weekend. (we’re having a charity sporting clays shoot today)
    We’re a shall-issue state with a preemption statute, we don’t need a FOID, we don’t register our guns, and when interacting with LEOs we don’t have to tell them we’re armed unless they ask.

    Yep, Pennsylvania is the same way provided you stay out of Philly….. and for the most part Pittsburgh.

  16. 16
    Tallulah growls and barks:

    Thanks for all the great ideas, and the invitations. SRSLY.

    I’m a Carolina Girl originally; Dad lives in Chattanooga, most of the rest of my family live in Georgia and in Nashville. Brother, uncle, dad, and a cousin all have arsenals. Said cousin said he would take me out “plinkin’” in the woods in north Georgia, but we can’t mention it to my blood cousin, his wife, who’s squeamish about gunz.

    But it really chaps my rear end that the Government Peckerheads in New Fork City are such poltroons. Bastards have no right to curtail ours … and that Boston pansy liberal Bloomberg (spit) is the worst anti-Constitution crusader out there. He and the Pravda Media jerkoffs are currently carrying out an around-the-clock campaign to strip all citizens of our arms. The Leftwads are baying their support of this like so many mangy-arsed hound dogs.

    I mentioned my dilemma to an Italian-American who lives in the neighborhood, and he laughed. “You want a PERMIT?!?!?” and scoffed, “What for???”

    Bad laws make scofflaws of generally law-abiding citizens.

  17. 17
    Tallulah growls and barks:

    Addendum: NO citizen should be forced to get a goddamned “permit” to exercise our God-given rights. PERIOD.

    Felons can be stripped of that right, but not the rest of us.

  18. 18
    Orion growls and barks:

    If I may make a suggestion – We should rename NYC something more appropriate…

    Like Obamagrad.

    Orion

  19. 19
    Mark12A growls and barks:

    Orion says:

    If I may make a suggestion – We should rename NYC something more appropriate…
    Like Obamagrad.
    Orion

    And then raze it to the ground. Sow salt over the earth.

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    irish19 growls and barks:

    LC Panzermann @ #:
    You can never have too much ammo.