Though it’s possible the operator was instructing the homeowner to drop her weapon so that the police wouldn’t mistake her for the burglar, it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that she was told to drop it, because the operator believed that citizen ownership of guns is dangerous, and protecting homeowners from burglaries is solely the police’s job.
Eighty-year-old and Holmes Beach, Florida resident NJ Logan had just had hip replacement surgery. She was upstairs when she heard commotion downstairs that she realized couldn’t have come from her husband, since he was out playing bridge. So, she did what any responsible homeowner would do, and she grabbed her gun and called 911.
“I don’t know what was going on in my mind. Honestly, all I wanted was my gun,” she told WTVT-TV, adding that she “really didn’t want to have to shoot anybody.”
Police say at least one suspect smashed the bottom glass of the door and cut out the screen in order to gain entry into the home. Logan reportedly shouted out warnings to the intruder, making it known she had a gun.
But when the armed woman dialed 911, she was surprised at the dispatcher’s advice.
“When I called 911, she kept saying, ‘put the gun down, put the gun down.’ And I said, ‘I’ll put the gun down when I see the police,’” Logan recalled.
And she did exactly that. It’s possible that the 911 dispatcher wanted Logan to drop her gun so that police didn’t mistake her for an armed intruder. However, it was a request that the woman refused to fulfill with the possibility that there were still one or more criminals in her house.
It’s likely that Logan’s warning scared off the suspected burglar. Police are still looking for the suspect or suspects.
The 80-year-old says she will certainly not be getting rid of her firearm, especially after the scary incident. She told the news station that she is a strong believer in having “guns inside your house” because no one “has the right to break into your private domain.”
“I’ll definitely have the gun up there,” she added, “that is for sure.”
If she had complied with the operator’s advice, and if something ended up happening to her as a result, I’m sure the gun controllers out there would be using the incident as an example of why guns need to be outlawed.
But thankfully, this grandmother valued her own life over against some liberal fixed ideology that demonizes guns in the hands of private citizens, while glorifying them in the hands of government agents.