CNN: The concern in Donnie Herman’s voice was clear as day. So was his stress. With two telephones to his ear, he listened to his wife, Melinda, as she fled into an attic of their Loganville home. With her: Her two 9-year-old children and a loaded .38 revolver. In the house: An intruder with a crowbar. What happened next has made the Hermans the new faces of the right to bear arms.
Melinda Herman fired a six-shot revolver at the intruder, hitting him five times, in his torso and in his face. Surprisingly, he managed to flee.
She had already locked multiple doors before she and her children took refuge in an adjacent-room attic — the kind with a small door that you have to bend down to go through. The intruder had used the crowbar to break through the front door and then two other doors upstairs, and she could hear him coming closer and closer.
This is every parent’s nightmare. Dad is at work or out somewhere. Mom is home with the kids. A bad guy breaks into the house. You flee to the highest, most isolated room in the house, locking multiple doors on the way. This guy breaks through every single lock until he gets to the last room. What do you do?
It’s pretty clear this guy wasn’t just after the iPads and laptops and shit. Why else would he go up into the attic? He passed multiple rooms on multiple floors until he gets to a crawlspace attic. It’s pretty fucking clear to me that he was going after the people in the house. Thankfully, Mom’s wielding a .38 snub nose and she knows how to use it. Actually I don’t know if it was a snub nose but I’d like to think it was. So she shoots this guy five times, orders him to stay on the ground and not to move as she and her kids flee the house. I’m not quite sure if I’m glad this guy escaped or not. He either bled to death in the bushes somewhere or got picked up at a hospital.
What do you think would have happened had this woman not had a gun? You think the fucking police would have gotten there on time? No way. I don’t care if you live in Manhattan or North Bumblefuck, Alaska. A gun in your hand is better than a phone in your hand.