When Seconds Count You are on Your Own
It has been a tough week for Sarah McKinley. She killed an intruder who broke into her home, and this does not look like a random crime. McKinley’s husband died on Christmas. Several of the dogs she breeds died recently. Maybe in the fantasy-entertainment-CSI-world of detective dramas the police find out who killed her animals and save her just before the commercials come on. That doesn’t happen in the real world. In the real world the police are not involved until a crime has been committed. Sometimes it takes several crimes.
Police now believe that McKinley was being stalked for the painkillers her husband needed as he died. Someone tried to break into McKinley’s home for 21 minutes while she was on the phone with the police. Finally the stalker broke through the front door. McKinley and her three month old son are safe because she had a gun and acted in self-defense. Let her explain it. Here is the news article with video.
Sarah McKinley is also lucky because the attack could have ended differently if she didn’t have a gun. She might have been disarmed if she lived in another state. In California it is illegal to buy or loan a gun to someone without going through a national background check system even if the buyer thinks an attack is likely. According to some sources, a 10 day waiting period is required before a neighbor or family member could even loan her a handgun for self defense. Sarah McKinley didn’t have time to wait. She waited over 21 minutes for the police and had to act in seconds. We don’t know all the facts, but I’m glad she protected herself.
Others are not so lucky. Only a month ago Kathy Scharbarth was murdered in San Diego County, California. Scharbarth was stalked. She knew her attacker. By all accounts, she was unarmed when seconds count. San Diego county does not issue permits to carry a weapon, be it concealed or openly displayed. The San Deigo sheriff disarmed the victim in her seconds of need. Scharbarth was found days later buried in a shallow grave.
I want you to stay safe.