Well. As I’ve said before, I’m not a personal fan.
A few nights ago, my husband inadvertently locked me out of the house. I had planned to enter through our garage and didn’t feel like taking two sets of keys with me. He left the door between the home and the garage unlocked for me (though a spare is available, hidden), but there’s second interior door, that does not have a key, that gets you into the house.
It was accidentally locked. I couldn’t get in, because the spare keys we had hidden lacked the key to the front door (my husband was using it as his own key had broken inside the lock… and oh my G-d as I type this I realize fully that we sound like buffoons.).
I had to wake my husband up somehow, at 1:30 in the morning. I called both phones. He slept on. I knocked and gently called his name. Nothing. Knocked louder, called his name louder, and then he was there.
He had a mildly panicked and disoriented look about him (he’d been in a deep sleep) and it took him about a minute to register what was going on as we stood there, facing each other.
We both went to bed. Safe and sound.
Meanwhile, in Dearborn, Michigan, during the same weekend, at around the same time of night, a 19-year-old woman named Renisha McBride was in a car accident. Her cell phone battery had died. She went to a house and knocked on the door.
She was “shot in the back of the head as she turned to walk off the porch of the home where she sought assistance…. McBride’s maternal aunt, Bernita Spinks, said the shooting was not justified even if the resident believed her niece was an intruder looking to break into the home. ‘He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door,’ said Spinks on Tuesday. ‘If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.'” Spinks praised the latest police’s decision to seek charges against the resident in the shooting of her niece…”
Nope. Not a personal fan of gun ownership. I’m just not. My husband isn’t either.
And you know something?
I hope that resident–whether male or female, young or old, law-abiding or law-evading–gets prison time, and loses his or her right to vote.
Charges sought for Dearborn Heights resident in fatal shooting | The Detroit News.
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For the exact reason that your story illustrates, we don’t own a gun. I believe that the risk of an accidental tragedy far outweighs the chance of successful defending yourself from a home intruder.