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Girls With Guns
Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Ashley Herzog

Posted on 01/08/2013 5:16:03 AM PST by Kaslin

In last week’s column, “Good Guys With Guns,” I wrote about the Mayan 14 incident, in which a shooter was halted by an off-duty cop. I referred to the cop as a “good guy,” and my readers were quick to issue a correction: the good guy was actually a girl. Lisa Castellano shot the wannabe James Holmes after he ran into the Mayan 14 theater and began firing—and managed to snatch away his gun.

I don’t know about you, but Lisa Castellano is my new hero.

I’ve written about women and guns before, when I was the lone conservative columnist on the staunchly liberal Ohio University campus. As you can probably guess, readers sneered at the notion that guns serve a legitimate self-defense purpose. A self-described feminist activist claimed that women should be more afraid of “facing charges” for shooting an attacker than being raped or murdered. A male reader condescendingly suggested women should “carry mace.” I want better than that.

So did 18-year-old mom Sarah McKinley. On New Year’s Eve 2011, she was at home alone with her infant son, having lost her husband to lung cancer just a week earlier. When she heard two men trying to break in, she called 911—and grabbed her guns.

“My husband just passed away. I’m here by myself with my infant baby. Can I please get a dispatch out here immediately?” McKinley pleaded.

Twenty minutes went by with no police response. McKinley fired, killing one of the two men, both of whom were armed with 12-inch knives.

“It was either going to be him or my son. And it wasn’t going to be my son,” McKinley told reporters. “There’s nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child.”

As the mother of a 15-month old daughter, I second that.

In October 2012, 12-year-old Kendra St. Clair was also at home alone when a home invader kicked in her back door. Her mother advised her over the phone to hide in the bathroom. Luckily, the preteen grabbed her parents’ handgun first—and shot the intruder in the shoulder.

“When I had the gun, I didn’t think I was actually going to have to shoot somebody,” she told ABC News. “I think it’s going to change me a whole lot, knowing that I can hold my head up high and nothing can hurt me anymore.”

Now that’s girl power.

Two weeks ago, Abilene resident Lawanda Taylor was awakened at 2 am by a break-in. The intruder turned out to be her violent ex-boyfriend, who began assaulting her. Taylor managed to grab her gun and shoot her attacker in the side—likely saving her own life and the lives of her two children.

Last Friday, a Georgia mother spotted a strange man breaking into her home with a crowbar. She hid her 9-year-old twins in a crawlspace and called 911. When the intruder discovered the family, she shot him five times with her revolver.

Guns can’t and shouldn’t be used for self-defense? Tell that to these women and countless others who never make the news. Every two minutes, a woman in this country is sexually assaulted. Three are murdered every day—a third of them by boyfriends, husbands, or exes. Millions become victims of crimes like robbery.

"My wife is a hero. She protected her kids,” Donnie Herman, the Georgia woman’s husband, told reporters last week. “Her life is saved, and her kids’ life is saved… She did what she was supposed to do as responsible, prepared gun owner.”

I couldn’t agree more. America might be a dangerous place for women, but it’s less dangerous when they can defend themselves with a gun.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: banglist; girlswannahaveguns; guncontrol; guncontroldebate; guns; secondamendment

1 posted on 01/08/2013 5:16:07 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
This post needs an appropriate pic or two:


2 posted on 01/08/2013 5:22:21 AM PST by Perseverando (Gun control? It's really not about gun control is it? It's really about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: Kaslin
A self-described feminist activist claimed that women should be more afraid of “facing charges” for shooting an attacker than being raped or murdered.

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3 posted on 01/08/2013 5:25:35 AM PST by Graybeard58 ("Civil rights” leader and MSNB-Hee Haw host Al Sharpton - Larry Elder)
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To: Kaslin

Twenty minutes after 911 call and no police response is unacceptable if we are to be disarmed. This argument stops most liberals dead in their tracks.


4 posted on 01/08/2013 5:27:10 AM PST by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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To: Kaslin

“Twenty minutes went by with no police response.”

Its been said more times than I could even count.

“When seconds count the police are minutes away.”


5 posted on 01/08/2013 5:31:16 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Avenge me Girls AVENEGE ME!!!! ( I don't have any son's))
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To: Rightly Biased

6 posted on 01/08/2013 5:36:37 AM PST by Perseverando (Gun control? It's really not about gun control is it? It's really about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: Perseverando

We ‘girls with guns’ aim to make damned sure that if someone comes at us standing up, they go away laying down, preferably to the local morgue. In certain cases an ambulance would suffice as I would have the pleasure of knowing that this neanderthal could only have sex in his dreams ever again.


7 posted on 01/08/2013 5:37:37 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: Kaslin

That Mayan 14 theater story sure was buried.


8 posted on 01/08/2013 5:57:52 AM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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To: Kaslin; onyx; MestaMachine

9 posted on 01/08/2013 6:00:38 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: UnwashedPeasant

Not by Fox News if I recall correctly


10 posted on 01/08/2013 6:07:07 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: KC_Lion
And of course, this one:


11 posted on 01/08/2013 6:18:12 AM PST by Perseverando (Gun control? It's really not about gun control is it? It's really about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: NRA1995

“Twenty minutes after 911 call and no police response is unacceptable if we are to be disarmed.”

I have only called the police once in what I felt was a life and death situation:

54 minutes response time.

Fortunately I was very heavily armed and no shots were fired.


12 posted on 01/08/2013 6:26:31 AM PST by buffaloguy
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To: Kaslin

All the Demgangsters have to do is go onto Instagram type in #AR-15 and view thousands of pics of chicks with guns and many many minorities (you know natural Ds). Its one thing to vote your group the loot, it seems another to disarm them. Or basically put gun control is for scared white libs.


13 posted on 01/08/2013 7:17:22 AM PST by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: Kaslin

“GO SHAKE DOWN A 7-11 FOR A DAY-OLD WEENIE!” - Jack Nicholson to policeman in “As Good As It Gets”. And it’s probably what they’re doing instead of promptly responding to 911 calls.


14 posted on 01/08/2013 7:37:49 AM PST by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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To: buffaloguy

Where was this 54 minute response time? I’ve experienced a 20 minute wait in a prominent Maryland suburb.


15 posted on 01/08/2013 7:39:27 AM PST by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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To: Kaslin

Few things sexier in the world than a woman sporting a weapon.

Disclaimer: Except ex’s lol


16 posted on 01/08/2013 7:50:37 AM PST by servantboy777
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To: Perseverando

It’s good to see a woman who teashes the meanin of no means NO.


17 posted on 01/08/2013 8:47:02 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: buffaloguy

Where I worked at a power plant job we had a trespass incident one holiday. I called the police at 10:00AM.
They showed up at 2:00 PM.

The ONLY Sheriff’s deputy on duty that day was clear across the county.


18 posted on 01/08/2013 8:49:27 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (GUNS.. the rightful property of freemen, and formidable only to tyrannical governments.”)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

You should have reported a middle class white Jewish kid with a sling shot.

They’da been surrounding the place in a matter of minutes.


19 posted on 01/08/2013 9:17:49 AM PST by servantboy777
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To: Vaduz
Time for another appropriate pic:

MOLON LABE ! ! !


20 posted on 01/08/2013 9:22:19 AM PST by Perseverando (Gun control? It's really not about gun control is it? It's really about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: Kaslin

Bfl


21 posted on 01/08/2013 2:05:20 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Perseverando

AMEN


22 posted on 01/10/2013 8:59:25 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: servantboy777
"You should have reported a middle class white Jewish kid with a sling shot."


23 posted on 01/10/2013 9:08:13 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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