The guy didn't know she was in, you are talking like he broke in just to rape and kill them. He rang the bell constantly and she didn't call out and tell him to go away, she didn't run out the back to get away, she called her husband then went to get the gun and hid.
She didn't even give the guy chance to back down, she just pulled the trigger till the gun was empty.
If she was scared she should have just got the kids and ran out the back and into a neighbours house to call the police.
RInging the bell to get someone to answer then invading the home, or once you know no one is home is a pretty standard tactic for the criminals.
It doesnt matter one whit what his intention was, if she has reasonable fear that she or the kids lives or bodies are at risk, she is 100% allowed to defend with lethal force to stop the threat. He broke into her home, she has small children, its not like he grabbed the TV and ran, he looked for them.
Just breaking into a home with small children is enough to give anyone reasonable fear at the LEAST for the children.
I just don't get how anyone thinks its acceptable to murder someone who breaks into your home. That's what the courts and prison is for.
I do not think it is right to murder a burglar
Its not murder, if you want to think of it as anything, the felon is comitting suicide. Its not like its some secret that US homeowners may have firearms, and that its lawful to use them to defend their lives, and in some states, property.
but if you have a gun and do not have a formal training (I mean a serious police/military training), you pretty much have no change to fire nonlethal shots. You aim for the hands or legs and you'll probably miss. So in order to protect yourself with the gun, you need to aim for the head or the chest, so you'll at least hit something.
That is, if you actually have to fire the gun in order to save yourself. If the mere presence of a gun is enough, you shouldn't ever fire it.
I shoot better with handguns than most Law Enforcement, I wouldnt shoot for anything but center mass and head either.
Law Enforcement are also trained center mass and head only. Unless your target is standing stock still, its at least suicidal to shoot at arms and legs as you will most likely miss and there is still little chance of incapacitating the attacker with a hit. Add to that the fact that every bullet fired has a lawyer attached to it, those missed shots become even more important because you are accountable for where they end up
I never said there was no chance, I just think is funny that pro-gunners automatically jump to the conclusion that he was there to rape and murder everyone.
Just like its funny that Anti-gunners jump to the conclusion that all firearms enthusiasts are irresponsible unintelligent rednecks who are just one step from gunning down the next person to cut them off? Yea, I know what you mean.
Except rape, violent crime and murder are all far far far more common than a responsible gun owner just snapping and taking lives.
This story just doesn't seem complete, if someone knocks on my door I answer it or at least ask who it is. Seems to have been spun in a way to cause reaction, a convenient reaction at that.
As above, its a VERY common tactic for criminals to knock on doors then invade when its answered, or break in when its not answered, It happens in this town a fair amount even, and where I live is small, like 40k ish people.
I see no spin beyond what is actually a common occurrence from the standpoint of the breakin/invasion.