This Las Vegas woman had been stalked by Douglas Jackson for some six months when he finally decided to kick in the front door to her apartment. She had to move to get away from him, and in the interim, she got herself a concealed carry permit and a gun to go with it. She had rigged her front door with a chair, not so much as a deterrent, but more as an alarm for her. And it served its purpose when her stalker was at it again trying to torment her.
She awoke one morning last week around 1:15 to the sound of the door breaking open and Jackson struggling with the chair she leaned against the door. That’s when instead of just calling the police and finding a place to hide, she called the police, grabbed her gun, confronted Jackson, and shot at him twice, hitting him in his chest. She heard him scream, and then he stumbled away.
The police then showed up after the fact and found him hiding in some bushes. They took him into custody, and he’s facing charges of home invasion and aggravated stalking.
I can’t help but be reminded of that anti-gun propaganda ad put out by Bloomberg’s group:
This Las Vegas woman’s case was vaguely similar. Except in her case, she got a gun and she used it to protect herself. The police came and took him away, and the only one who got hurt was someone who didn’t matter.
When this news story broke on social media, critics lambasted her for not firing a “warning shot.” Here’s how she responded:
“And for the ‘should’ve fired a warning shot’ folks: There are no warning shots. A gun is a deadly force; you only pull that trigger if you are in fear for your life, and all other methods of deterring are gone. When he kicked my door in, there was no longer a deterrent preventing harm. Warning shots are dangerous and could hurt the unintended. This is not a wild west movie. That’s what responsible gun ownership is.”