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March 29, 2013 - 11:41 am

Do you think these two Carolina thieves would have broken into this house, in broad daylight, if they believed that a) anyone was home, and b) whoever was home was also armed?

An Elm City woman shot at two men who broke into her home on Tonya Road Friday morning, her husband told WRAL News.

Chris Griffin said his wife, who had stayed home sick from work, heard a noise around 11 a.m. and then saw two men outside her house. When she heard them start kicking in the back door, she hid in the bedroom closet with a cellphone and a pistol.

The men ransacked the house, and when they opened the closet door, she fired at them, Griffin said. One man was struck, authorities said.

The men fled, and neighbor Wayne Crumpler said he heard them yelling for help.

The wounded man then started toward Crumpler’s house.

“He started in this direction. I stepped inside and got my revolver,” he said. “I told him to hold it.”

The man then ran into the woods, Crumpler said.

They were eventually caught and now face charges. One of them is just 16 years old. Neighbor Wayne Crumpler sounds like a good man.

“She was lucky she knew how to use a handgun and lucky she had it. Because If she hadn’t, we might be going to a funeral,” he said. “I’m proud of her.”

Was it luck, or forethought and preparation?

Two firearms just saved at least one life and helped take two criminals off the streets, at least for a while.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"If it saves one life..." This action may well have saved the woman's life and I would have acted the same if I'd hid out and the intruders had opened the door. I might have tried to yell that I was armed or I might not.
It's possible that these intruders would have been so shocked that they'd have run away just seeing someone. That's not a reliable assumption, though.
1 year ago
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In California she could have potentially been in trouble. Neither of the perps was armed, and according to the account I read they didn't attack her, they just opened the closet, presumably looking for stuff to steal.

Here, defending your home is illegal, and defending yourself or loved ones permissible only if there's a perceived threat, which has to be imminent and involve a weapon or physical attack.

You see, we've got lots of citizens living in the suburbs. No one will miss one or two...
1 year ago
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I think we should take up a collection - for this woman's target practice. Both perps were able to get away. A good marks(wo)man would have dropped both perps. The 16yo will likely get off easy. They always do. Lets hope he got his fill of being shot at and learns a trade and sticks to it.
1 year ago
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I wouldn't criticize her aim. According to the news report, Mr. Crumpler, the neighbor, said, "There was another guy in the background. I heard him hollering, 'Help me. I've been shot in the chest. I'm dying.'" In the real world, a person who has been wounded doesn't always "drop like he'd been shot." If he had enough strength to run into the woods, he had enough strength to continue the attack. That fact is part of the rationale supporting the use of standard capacity magazines.
1 year ago
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i'd be interested to see what you could do with the flood of adrenaline that hits in this situation. it ain't the firing range.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
If he practices like he should then he'll do just fine. Ever wonder why military people do the same drills over and over and over and over? The reason you practice is because you tend to do what you have practiced when put under stress.
1 year ago
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well, police statistics show about a 34% hit rate, falling to 13% in a gun fight,but perhaps the police don't practice. the military stats vary from about 1 in 30,000 to 1 in 250,000 (usually centered around 1 in 50,000) this does include suppressive fire. i think this woman did quite well. incidentally, practice has no bearing on the shakes, which is a physiologic response to adrenaline.
1 year ago
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" ... hid in the bedroom closet with a cellphone and a pistol."

It is safe to presume that she called the police or her husband (who then called the police). Either way, it is interesting to note that the police are not involved in the reaction.

Again -- the police only show up after a crime is committed.
1 year ago
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If she's a mom, a great Mothers Day present would be.a Glock 19, 100rd of FMJ, 20rd of Gold Dot, and an hour or more at the local range. Good shooting, but it would have been better if she killed the crims so the taxpayer would not be footing their jail bills.
1 year ago
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It would be interesting to compile the statistics on how many crimes of this nature, numerically and in terms of percentage, are black-on-black, black-on-white, white-on-white, and white-on-black.

I'm sure Attorney General Eric Holder, who wants nothing more than an honest, non-cowardly discussion of "race" issues in this country, would wholeheartedly support such an initiative.
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