gunWhat would you do if you found yourself home alone with your young children and you spotted an intruder coming through your window. That scenario played out in real-time during a home invasion in Loganville, GA last Friday.

A 37-year-old mother of 9-year-old twins found herself in this precarious situation after a man, identified as Paul Ali Slater, knocked on her front door repeatedly, appearing at the time to be a solicitor. But soon after there was no answer at the door, Slater entered her house and began “rummaging” thru household items, and that’s when the woman took her kids into a crawl space with a household .38 revolver and watched the burglar.

According to the police account reported in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, once the robber spotted the woman and her kids, she pointed the gun at the suspect and unloaded on him, shooting him 5 times, once in the face and 4 times in various places.

“That mother’s instinct kicked in,” Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman told reporters. “You go after a mother’s kids and she’ll find herself capable of doing things she never thought she was capable of.”

Her husband, who was at work at the time, praised his wife for protecting their kids and property, saying that he expected nothing less from the mother of his children:

“My wife’s a hero,” the woman’s husband, Donnie Herman, told Channel 2 Action News in a brief statement. He did not respond to a request for comment from the AJC. “She protected her kids. She did what she was supposed to do.”

Slater is expected to survive the shooting, as ambulances were able to reach him time after police found him blocks away from the scene of the crime, crouched over in his car, pleading for life-saving assistance.

There is much debate about gun laws following the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, and rightfully so, considering the ongoing gun violence in America’s inner-cities and suburbs alike. This particular situation is what gun ownership laws are supposed to embolden citizens with in a self-defense circumstance.

No one, ideally, ever wants to shoot and kill another human being, but what can you do in a culture that glorifies guns and violence, and you’re faced with this textbook fight-or-flight moment?

Do you own a gun? Would you be able to use it in this type of circumstance?

  • Sasha

    I do not own a gun and my fight or flight instinct varies in certain situations but when it comes to protecting my family, I can honestly say I wouldn’t hesistate to shoot. I applaud this woman for her quick thinking….I hope she shot him in both of his knees.

  • Anthony

    There’s nothing to debate here. She shot a burglar who had come into her home. This is a case of actual “stand your ground” as opposed to that garbage that has resulted in murder down in Florida.

  • MommieDearest

    I don’t own a gun, but I have a big, crazy dog. When people ring my bell or knock, he barks loudly and charges the door. He’s a good deterrant for uninvited guests.

    This woman was totally within her rights to do what she did. Good for her. That fool had no business breaking into anyone’s home and he’s lucky he was able to walk away after that.

  • hilldog

    Good for her. She had a gun, knew how to use it, showed restraint, and pulled the trigger when she needed to. A hand gun is all you need for home self defense. Assault rifles are overdoing it and not very practical in tight spaces.

  • myblackfriendsays

    I would not want to shoot someone. I would probably show him I had the gun and give him the opportunity to flee. I don’t get the sense that he was coming there to rape or kill her, but to rob her.

    To be clear, I am not saying she made the wrong decision. I just don’t know that I would have made the same one.

    It is incidents like this one people need to remember before they become so open to the idea of giving up their right to firearms to the U.S. government.

  • EST. 1986

    Bang. Bang.

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  • Nestafan2

    When an intruder breaks into your home, you have no idea what they may do to you, and you won’t have the time to ponder what you should or should not do. One cannot get a “sense” of why someone broke into someone else’s home. Often times a man or men will break into a home for a robbery, and will end up raping the female resident. With that said, you don’t know what you’ll do in any situation until you are in that situation. The comment “I don’t get the sense that he was coming to rape or kill her…” boggles me. He may have been there to rob her, but who knows what might have happened had she not unloaded on him. He had no business in her home no matter what he came to do.

  • Anthony

    myblackfridays, please, if you are not willing to use a gun, do not get one, and definitely do not brandish it! A criminal will take it from you and shoot you!

  • Stomp

    “This particular situation is what gun ownership laws are supposed to embolden citizens with in a self-defense circumstance.”

    Which INCLUDES the US Government. People behave as though the second amendment was considered only after the Founding fathers were mugged or something.

    P.S. Bad sentence.

  • J. Nicole

    As a woman, when someone enters your house, whether you have children or not, you have to expect the worst. This guy originally thought no one was home so yea, the initial thought is burglary. But then he stumbles across three witnesses. How many times have we heard of crimes escalating out of fear of being caught. So who knows what could have happened to them.

    I’d like to think that if I was in a similar situation (though I hope I never am) that I would show restraint & aim for non-fatal parts to shoot (or at), but without being in her shoes its hard to say. I also agree w/ someone else’s comment that there is no debate/similarities for gun control when we’re referring to a person using a handgun on an intruder opposed to people walking around with weapons of mass destruction & shooting movie theaters/schools.

  • myblackfriendsaysm

    I didn’t say I wasn’t willing to use it, I just said I wouldn’t immediately point it at someone and start shooting them. There’s a reason the police say “freeze!” when they pull a gun on you. They are giving you a chance to comply with their demands before they shoot and possibly kill you.

    We don’t have all the details of what happened, but I’m just saying owning a gun (for me) doesn’t necessarily mean shooting everyone that comes into your home uninvited.

  • myblackfriendsaysm

    I don’t disagree with you that he had no business being in her home.

    But I do disagree that criminals “often times” break into to burgle and then end up raping and murdering. Rapists and murderers “often times” break in to rape and murder, and then take some things after the fact to keep as trophies.

    As I said before, she can shoot him if she wants to. If she had killed him, she might be suffering from some PTSD because she had killed a person. Guns are serious business, and shooting someone five times is not something to be taken lightly.

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  • Anthony

    From everything I have ever read, actually hitting someone when you are shooting under duress is very difficult. The safest thing to do for the home defender to do is to aim for the most body mass. You do not want to miss trying to wound a burglar potential rapist/murderer.

  • justanotheropinion

    Completely agree with what she did – especially being a woman alone with 2 young kids. I’ve had a gun since my kids were small for the same reason. If you don’t have a key or aren’t invited in, you risk being shot – I don’t do surprise visits. Ex husband came home early from deployment once and almost met his maker. I was alone with a 9mo. old, announced I had a gun and would use it (as I cocked it) if the person so much as took a breath. He spoke up and all was good. Next time w/2 kids, the person didn’t speak, I got off 2 rounds and the person was back out the way they came in. You may not agree with the method, but I’ve always wondered what would have happened to me with 2 sm. kids in the 2nd scenario if I hadn’t been prepared to defend us. I thank God I didn’t have to find out.

  • mikey kun

    Hey if

  • mikey kun

    Hey if I don’t know you and you’re sneaking into my home I have the right to defend myself

  • Luci

    Good for her!
    Home intrusions can go horribly: glad that it only went badly for the criminal!

  • Mo

    While I understand what you are saying about the trauma of potentially taking another’s life, I am sure she would prefer the option to get therapy for PTSD than be dead. You never know why a person you did not ask into your home is there and what they will do to you if they find you there. Ask this woman:

  • RenJennM

    I would’ve done exactly what she did. As an Airman, I probably would’ve had a deadly shot.

  • The Other Jess

    People need to stop breaking-and-entering into other peoples’ houses. It’s scary out here – noone nowadays believes that a burglar will simply just take some stuff and run. If he’s in your house, you automatically have to assume that the worst could happen, and thus defend yourself. And that’s because we see everyday now how people are committing violent crime after violent crime against innocent victims. It’s a terrible choice , particularly for a mother of two small children, but a necessary one. How else can you stay safe? Maybe if Kasandra Perkins had a gun she’d have stood a fighting chance against her attacker, and been able to live on for her children.

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