Many people have made the observation that it is the weapon that you have with you that matters. A .22 that you have beats a .45 that you left at home. It is one of the reasons the tiny pocket .380s like the KelTec P3AT, the Taurus 738 and the Ruger LCP are so popular.
I do not know what make and model the woman in Kentucky was carrying when she returned home. What matters is that she had it when she confronted the two suspects who were looting her residence. One of them had a pistol; one of her pistols. Fortunately, he did not resist. From wave3.com:
According to an arrest report, when the homeowner returned to her home around 5:20 p.m. Nov. 19, she found Derrick D. Mosley, 22, and a juvenile inside. The two had several items belonging to her, including a pistol, in their possession.Would things have turned out differently if she did not have her personal defensive firearm with her? Very likely. At the minimum, it is unlikely that the two criminals would have patiently waited for police to arrive. At worst, she could have been beaten, raped, or killed. That is all speculation, but you do not have to look far to find examples where it happened.
Police said the homeowner pulled the handgun that she was wearing and held Mosley and the juvenile until officers arrived.
Instead, we have the happy result of two more criminals having their career interrupted for some period of time.
Women are the fastest growing segment of the gun culture. It has been reported that minority women benefit the most from the legal carry of guns.
Stephanie Carter notes that in Texas, the fastest growing demographic of concealed handgun permit holders is black women. The ability to be legally armed brings about a profound change of attitude. Machiavelli summed up the mindset rather well:
There is no comparison whatever between an armed and disarmed man; it is not reasonable to suppose that one who is armed will obey willingly one who is unarmed; or that any unarmed man will remain safe.... - Niccoló Machiavelli, The Prince. 1537.While Machiavelli wrote that quote before personal firearms had advanced to the point where Col. Colt had "made men and women equal", the meaning is clear, and just as valid today as it was in 1537.
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