This is a frightening story but a good lesson about an ongoing issue on our country. Please watch this video below from ABC and this link to a short essay on the mind-set and ethics of a concealed carry permit permit holder (referred to as CHL or CCW often)
I agree that guns have caused a lot of pain and misery in our country but the point is that they often have done it either in the hands of a violent criminal or someone immature, irresponsible & untrained. This video is the best case I have seen about a responsible adult who was aware of the dangers, was prepared, trained and willing to protect her family.
Protecting yourself and your family is not just about stopping the bad guys, it is about the avoidance of negligent injury to yourself or family because of improper handling, training & access to the firearm as well. I was taught that the gun is the LAST option - not the first, second or third and not an everyday play toy. Even as a last option it is only safe and useful if you approach it with a responsible attitude and take it's lethality *very* seriously. You must train with it and be aware of how dangerous it can be to you and your family if you fail to understand these things. Take classes, buy proper gun safes & consider these simple rules with regards to deadly force (again, read this short article):
1: Be AWARE. There are usually warning signs of possible problems - keep an eye out for them
2: If you sense something potentially dangerous try to AVOID it. Walk down a different street, etc....
3: If you can't avoid it try to FLEE safely or hide. (this woman did her best)
4: Finally, if all fails and someone intends to harm you or your family, *FIGHT back*
The fight part is always your last option - LAST. When there are no other choices. Most trained responsible gun owners truly hope this NEVER happens and never want to reach #4, but they still prepare and train for it just in case. Many people who are frightened of guns & private gun owners seem to think we are hoping to shoot up the bad guys and run around like cowboys leaving loaded firearms all over the house. It is not true. I would support gun laws that promote more intelligent, responsible & trained gun ownership and limit certain unnecessary threats.