Grandma, 72, shoots at home intruder in California, defends actions
STANTON, Calif. – A 72-year-old Southern California grandmother who shot at -- and narrowly missed -- a man trying to break into her home said Tuesday she was shocked at the attention her action was getting but does not regret defending herself and her husband, an 85-year-old World War II veteran who uses a wheelchair.She shot at the intruder a few minutes after calling 911. Again, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. Now, granted, they arrived shortly after the shot was fired, so in this case they might have arrived in time. I'm not a fan of firing warning shots in general; I'm firmly of the opinion that if the danger isn't enough to fire at the perpetrator, it's not enough to fire a warning shot. She mentioned not being sure if she hit the intruder or not, so I can chalk this up to a miss rather than a warning shot, though.
Jan Cooper, of Anaheim, fired one shot from her .357-magnum Smith & Wesson revolver around 12:30 a.m. Sunday as a man attempted to break into her home. During a 911 call of the incident, Cooper can be heard begging with the dispatcher to send deputies and warns that she has a gun at the ready as her Rottweiler barks furiously in the background.
What is interesting, though, is that the intruder was not deterred by the barking dog - nor by the fact that he had a lengthy rap sheet and was out on parole - but he was deterred by knowing that his potential victims were armed and unafraid to take shots at him. The dog part disturbs me -
And again, it's worth noting that the forces against freedom would have preferred this 72 year old woman be unarmed against an intruder more than half her age. They would rather she cower in her home, disarmed, while a convicted felon forces his way inside. They would prefer that she not have the best tool for self defense possible, relying instead on the kindness of the man breaking into her house. That's not a winning strategy in anyone's book. This person is not dissuaded by the laws on the books against breaking and entering - why on earth should you assume that they aren't going to do you harm?
In the end, it was the best of all possible outcomes. The intruder was deterred, failing to gain access to the house where she and her war hero husband live. She was not forced to kill or injure the intruder, sparing her a trial, civil court, or even the self-doubt and general recriminations that can come from even the most righteous of shootings. With any luck she won't be prosecuted - this is California, after all; perhaps the distress of the loud gun shot might have scared a few hippies, and the crooks will steer clear of the little ol' lady with a .357 Magnum.
And if one of them does come back, I really hope she asks them if they feel lucky...
That is all.