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Loganville Mother Shoots Burglar, But What If She Hadn't Been Armed?

A burglar was shot by a Loganville homeowner Friday morning, but what could have happened had she not been armed?

Guns, whether or not to have one, whether or not to ban certain types and whether or not to make public the names of permitted owners — all of these are questions on the minds of many since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings last month in Connecticut.

Lawmakers at local and federal levels are looking for ways to ease people's fears and to protect the public from such random acts of violence. How to do it, however, is where the difficulties become evident.

The latest controversy has been around a choice by a New York newspaper to publish the names of permitted gun owners as reported in The Huffington Post. A Connecticut lawmaker, in the state still reeling from the Sandy Hook tragedy, also wants all the names of the permitted gun owners in that state to be made public. According to Fox News, this would reverse a 20-year law that requires this information be kept private.

Friday's shooting of a burglar in Loganville by a young mother, however, shines a different light on the situation.

According to the Walton County Sheriff's Office, a young Loganville mother called to report a burglar breaking into her home before retreating to an attic crawl space with her two young children. When the burglar located her there, she shot him six times, hitting him five. He is in a critical condition in the hospital.

This begs the question, what would the outcome have been had she not had the gun? The deputies were on their way — could a hostage situation have ensued?

Another question is what could have happened had her name, address and her gun ownership been know, what then? Would her house have been one that was bypassed by the burglar as a result, thus averting the situation for her entirely? But could that then have resulted in an unarmed neighbor being the victim instead?

Or would the perpetrator, knowing he faced the possibility of facing an armed homeowner and approached the situation differently, possibly arming himself? Is this outcome more the exception and not the norm?

What is your opinion? Was the result the best outcome under the circumstances or is there a better way to handle the troubling issue of gun violence in today's society?

HRPufnstuf January 07, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Since she shot him 5 times, reportedly in the face, my opinion is that she needs a more powerful gun, with a greater capacity. Perhaps Senator Feinstein can be persuaded to buy her one. Oops! That would be a straw purchase, wouldn't it?
Harry Loughran January 07, 2013 at 12:46 PM
This woman has my vote if she wants to run for congress . A heroine is what she is . I suppose she could have talked this burgalar into giving up without a fight and he would have complied . right!!!!!! I am truly sorry for the families of all those children in Conn. , In Aurora, and everywhere else such crimes are committed . Stop and think for one serious minute on each of these situations . Had one just one citizen been armed at any of these confrontations how many lives would have been spared.
Patriot January 07, 2013 at 07:34 PM
The best outcome would have been 6 hits between the eyes of the intruder and a parade for the mother.
Helen January 08, 2013 at 10:46 PM
A Mother protected herself and her children plain and simple. I would have done exactly as she did.
Rick January 12, 2013 at 06:13 AM
"The deputies were on their way — could a hostage situation have ensued?" The author should ask herself, if these were her kids would she be willing to leave it to chance that the police could get there in time before the criminal hurt or murdered them? I certainly wouldn't leave it to chance that he only will take me and my kids as hostages. From my perspective, she did precisely what she needed to do. "Is this outcome more the exception and not the norm?" If you do a quick Google news search of "homeowner shoots" or "store owner shoots" you'll find about 2 dozen similar stories since the start of this year with many of the criminals already armed and in some cases shooting from the outset. Finally the implication that criminals would start "possibly arming" themselves in response to armed homeowners is ridiculous as the reality is the other way around.

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