Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Restless Patriot Speaks: Moms With Guns

This is my heat-packin' daughter who is married and a mommy herself.   She got her CCW years ago, when she had to work and drive in a very undesirable location in an old industrial part of town. She learned to shoot from dad; since she was a little girl.

“I wouldn’t have done it, but it was my son….it’s not an easy decision to make, but it was either going to be him or my son.  And it wasn’t going to be my son.  There’s nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child.”

--Sarah McKinley as told to KOCO 
ABC Affiliate
Oklahoma City, OK

By now, I’m sure you have all heard about the young Oklahoma mother, Sarah McKinley, who recently shot and killed an intruder to protect her baby and herself.  

This was widely reported in the media, and in spite of hundreds of stories that are negative in the mainstream media about “guns killing” this story was, astoundingly, reported in a positive light.

In addition to being a story that the common criminal might take notice of; it’s also an inspiring story which might make every mother listen.  Why?  Because we can also protect our families.  In fact, we must.

This young mother had no husband there to protect her and their baby, her husband had tragically died of cancer on Christmas day.

She was the only line of defense for her baby, herself, and her home.

The criminals, two men, one of which were armed with knives and were trying to break in--she was alerted by the family dog barking at the door.  She picked up her shotgun, and she picked up the phone and asked for permission to shoot--after putting her baby in the bedroom and gave him a bottle to keep him quiet.  

It took the man a while to kick the door in.  

The men were greeted with a shotgun blast.  

The police called the shooting justified.

Our forefathers knew that armed citizenry is sometimes the only thing that will keep a government (and a roaming criminal!) honest.  

Oklahoma is one of thirty states with a “castle doctrine”.

She was her child’s first line of defense.

Actually when you think about it, this also happens to be the case with most mothers in most homes across the country on a daily basis.

We are the first line of defense for our families.

What a responsibility!

Who spends the most time home with the children?


Fathers are usually out of the home during work hours and home invaders these days use the daylight hours just as much as they once used the nighttime hours.  It doesn’t bother them to break and enter in the broad daylight.

You, as a mother, have a right to have a weapon and use it to protect your family, yourself, and your possessions.

You, as a woman, also have a right to carry a weapon.  Each state has their own laws, but for any law-abiding citizen who is willing to take the classes and become certified, you can also carry a weapon and go almost anywhere with your confidence carried in knowing you have the pistol tucked into your purse.

I took my Concealed Carry Weapons class from a police officer.  This class lasted for 8 hours and was about $150.  It started with teaching, learning, testing and ended with a time on the gun range, proving that I could shoot, hit the target and shoot from a standing position, a sitting position, a kneeling position and a laying position.

I will never forget the officer telling us that the average response time to a 911 call is more than enough time for you and your whole family to be killed.

A good officer is pleased, happy and wanting law abiding citizens to be carrying.  This is music to their ears.  WHY?  Because they need all the help they can get.

And in an age of budgets being cut and forces growing smaller in number, you are the best line of defense for your loved ones and yourself.

In a concealed carry class, you will learn:

1.  About the safe usage of firearms, consider whether or not you are capable of using deadly force, and learn what the mental mindset of using deadly force in a confrontation might be.

2.  A person must have a willingness to personal protection during a violent encounter, know what the different levels of awareness of these dangers in your home or when you are out, you must be an alert person, and know when a situation is appropriate to be alarmed.  

3.  Learn how to shoot accurately for self-protection, and what center of mass is, shooting from behind a “cover”, when NOT to shoot if the perpetrator is concealed, and laws pertaining to guns and the use of deadly force, to know what the laws are concerning the use of a handgun in self-defense, and to be aware that you can be arrested anytime you use a handgun.

4.  What makes a home attractive to a criminal, and how you might be feel traumatic stress disorder if you do need to use your firearm to protect yourself in a violent confrontation.

5.  How to store your personal guns, and the ammunition the biggest rule of all:  know your target and what is behind it.

So, ladies, learn and know your guns, and know which bullets fit into it and where they are kept and know how to shoot.  All you need to aim for is the upper torso.

A mother truly is very dangerous when it comes to her children.

“I would do it again, 
not because I’d want to, 
but because of my son.”
--Sarah McKinley

Think about it.


jAne said...

in total agreement.
2nd amendment mama...

Carissa said...

I agree, my dad taught me to shoot as soon as I could hold and handle a rifle. At sixteen he taught me to shoot a shot-gun, at eighteen a handle, and as soon as I turned 21 I took the classes to get my permit to carry a gun. I am also working toward a career in Law enforcement. Woman as well as mothers need to be able to protect theirselves and their families. My dad always said better a gun in the home than a cop on the phone.

Rebecka Vigus said...

I agree. I'm going to learn to shoot and get whatever I need to protect myself in my own home. I don't need to carry a weapon with me, just want to feel safe. When women live alone for whatever reason, children or not, they should be armed and able to shoot.

Our Country Bungalow said...

Excellent post. I am in complete agreement.



Anonymous said...

WOW!!! You got guts! : )

mary your sis said...

What the "firearms statistics" kept by the government and gun control advocates don't tell us is how many lives are SAVED by firearms use. I know in my case 5 lives were saved just by brandishing a revolver and never firing a shot. I'm glad this woman did what she had to do to protect her child; too often women count on Law Enforcement, but they can't always get there in time. I applaud her and your daughter. And you are to be applauded for getting a CCW Permit. We are all safer because of people like you!

Echoes From the Hill said...

I completely agree!
My husband has guns, for hunting, but they are all in a locked safe in his shop, which would do no good if an intruder broke into the house.
I am asking for a handgun for my birthday!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

GOOD for that Mom! I've got my concealed carry permit; bad news is I have to buy my 357 that the neighbor's kid stole from me. No way to prove it so that's $300 out of pocket.

Holly said...

Very informative. I've been thinking of getting a handgun for protection also...I need to get on that. The shotgun is never loaded and the ammo isn't with it anyway, so it won't do me much good!!!
Thanks for covering so much...very helpful. Hope you never have to use it!

Sandie said...

Another reason why I like you! Recently our outside dog alerted us by barking. A strange car was coming down our somewhat long driveway and almost made it to our house. A state trooper was right behind him. I believe he was trying to hide from getting a ticket for speeding. I couldn't help but wonder what he would have done if the cop had of missed seeing him in our driveway. Needless to say we (me, son and daughter) watched to make sure that he did nothing to the trooper and had the gun out and ready to protect ourselves. I would hate to have to shoot someone but I do think I would do it.

a8383 said...

Wow thanks Joni. We do not have TV so had not heard this story. I am one of those people who thought I would NEVER have a gun. I was not raised around them nor my husband. The times have made me change my mind. Where do you recommend I start? I have no idea where or what to even purchase a gun or where to get training. Thanks for you thought provoking post and your help. Angela

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

My husband can travel weeks at a time. That is why I have dogs and guns.

Jamie B said...

Me in my Goomer hat.... LOL... I am glad. Dad taught us about guns so early. You have a respect for guns, and know that you only use one (other than target practice and hunting) if ABSOLUTELY necessary. I know they have saved my butt more than once, and I have never had to use it.

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Great post! Thank you. Everyone should practice their Second Amendment right and all states should have the "Castle Doctrine."