In this case, a grandmother in Fort Worth, Texas, confronted by a robber with a knife:
A Fort Worth grandmother thwarted her would-be robber Monday when she pulled a pistol from her purse and scared her assailant away.
Jewell Turner, 74, told NBC 5 she was waiting in her minivan outside of her doctor’s office, near the corner of West Magnolia Avenue and 6th Avenue in the city’s Near South Side, when a man tapped on the glass of her driver’s side window.
“He stood there and we talked for a while, [him] just asking for directions and me giving them to him,” Turner recalled. “Never thought that when I turned my head that that young man would stick a knife to my throat.”
“He said, ‘I don’t want to hurt you, but I want your money. And I will hurt you if I have to,’” Turner said.
Turner said she told the man she only had some pocket change with her – $1.62 she counted after the ordeal – but he demanded what she had in her purse.
It was in that moment, Turner said, that she remembered she came prepared for an encounter such as this.
The widow first thought to pull out the pocket knife she always keeps with her for personal protection.
Instead, Turner remembered that earlier that very day she felt the need to bring her small pistol along with her.
“I seen the gun laying there. And I figured that would work better than the knife,” Turner said. “I just reached down, got the gun and turned around and pointed it to his face. And I told him, I said, ‘You back off, or I’ll blow your head off.’ And his eyes got big and he just backed up and he took off walking down the street like nothing happened.”
1) The robber obviously didn’t know the venerable rule, “Never bring a knife to a gunfight!”
2) Texas has much more sensible gun rules than my beloved California.
3) She had every right to shoot him on the spot, and he should take this as a sign he’s been given a second chance.
4) Never mess with Jewell Turner.
Seriously, this incident is a perfect example of what the founders had in mind when they enshrined in the Second Amendment the right to bear arms: not just to form a militia, but to be able to defend oneself when needed. If she hadn’t had the equalizing power of a firearm available, how do you think she would have fared against a much younger, probably much stronger man with a blade? Who would have helped her?
As the saying goes, “When every second counts, the police are minutes away.”
via The Tatler
Edit: Changed the title a bit.