There are some stories that you hear that you know you’ll never forget. This is one of them.
Sarah McKinley is 18 years old and the mother of an 18 month old baby boy. Her husband died of cancer on Christmas Day, and a couple days later she buried him. On New Year’s Eve, she was home alone with her baby boy when two men came to her door and began knocking. She recognized one of the men as someone she suspected had been stalking her. After she wouldn’t open the door, the two men started banging on the door, trying to find a way to break in. Sarah grabbed her baby, a bottle, and a shotgun and ran into a bedroom where she called 911. The dispatcher told her to protect her baby and that the men needed to be in her house before she could shoot them. Finally, the men broke through the front door, and the first one lunged at her with a 12 inch hunting knife. Sarah pulled the trigger and shot the man in the chest. He died on her living room floor, and the other man fled.
This was not a robbery. Police suspect that these men were there to assault her and to do who knows what to her baby. Yet when CNN interviewed Sarah (see video below), Dr. Drew asked if she felt bad about shooting the man. It seemed kind of a strange question for anyone to ask, but there it was. Sarah said that she did not feel bad about what she did. At the end of the interview, another CNN commentator took the chance to say that this incident is very rare and that usually guns in the home end up accidentally killing innocent people. I don’t know about you, but I’m astonished that these CNN commentators would think this a good occasion to opine on the dangers of gun ownership. But that’s exactly what happened.
The commentator was right about one thing, however. This is a rare incident. Usually this kind of attack ends with the woman and child being assaulted and/or killed. Yet Sarah kept her cool and protected her home. Anyone who would even hint at any fault on Sarah’s part needs to have his head examined.