I know I am a little late to this party but a few weeks ago a mother in Detroit defended her home and scared away 3 attackers with a firearm. Everyone else chocked it up as another one for the good guys but I was thinking about this a little more today and wanted to touch on a few things. If you haven’t seen the video here is a news report covering the story.
If you didn’t catch it right away I don’t blame you. The story refers to the firearm as an “Assault Rifle” when really it was a High Point carbine. More specific it was a 995TS with a meager retail price of $297. How can that be? Why didn’t the intruders point and laugh at the fact that momma bear was wielding an inexpensive, often frowned upon firearm brand? Is it possible that the bad guys don’t care what brand of gun those hot lead projectiles are coming out of?
We have had a few different occasions when students have showed up with High Points and never once has any student had any trouble so I cannot say something bad about their performance in any of our classes. I always tell everyone to think of your daily carry gun as an insurance policy and ask yourself, How much is your life worth? Would I depend my life on a High Point? Probably not over my Glock or the Vtac but if I was cash strapped and needed SOMETHING I wouldn’t turn one down. ANY gun is better than NO gun and this mother proved it to us.
There were three other things I wanted to touch on about this story, also that I think a lot of people are over looking. First I wanted to point out the home owner was telling the intruders that she had a gun while they were kicking her door in and that didn’t stop them. One intruder was so brazen that he attempted to come back in after they all fled even after she fired shots. What would have happened if she took Drunk Uncle Joe’s advice and only had a double barrel shotgun? She would have been reloading when the intruder came back for more.
Second, I wanted to bring to the attention that she fired an unknown amount of rounds and never hit anything. Where did the rounds go? We are responsible for every bullet that leaves the barrel of the gun. Get training folks. Train with your guns so you can make the hits when you have three criminals kicking your door in.
Third, the Detroit chief of police is starting to win me over lately. He has been on a roll pretty much telling the criminals their time is over and encouraging citizens to arm up. Finally some real solutions coming to the Motor City.
I know I am probably the only blogger out there who looked at this at these weird angles but these were the first things to pop into my head when I read this story. It is probably not common for a blogger to stand up and say that in this instance a High Point was enough to get the job done but I’m not the common blogger.
So I ask the question, am I wrong about any gun is better than no gun? Head over to the Facebook page and let me know where you stand.