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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?

Racer X February 05, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Humor always has value.
Karsten Torch February 05, 2013 at 03:13 PM
"Had no real value." Hmmm....what value should it have had? It was entertaining and rather enlightening. I'm a tad confused by this comment.....
Jim S February 08, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Karsten, had no real value as an example to be defended or discarded. Truthfully, I think it was choreographed by the way the guy went down and came back up. As a humorous example of careful and conscientious shoppers, it was great!
The Dish February 12, 2013 at 05:19 PM
GGY- My 1st comment on the Patch was 10/20/11...not that I need to justify anything to you. And your attempts to delegitimize me (my shortcomings, guilty conscience, angst, etc) are just the same old typical liberal BS - straight from the Alinsky rule book: delegitimize opposition; pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it But I say whatever because I have also been attacked on this forum before and I'm sure I will be in the future as well. The difference between us? I got over it!
Good Grief Y'all February 12, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Dear Dish, My history here doesn't go back that far. I personally have never seen your writings, which is what I said. You popped up to criticize me, not the other way around, so you invited my reply to your personal attack on me. There is nothing for me to get over. I don't comment on everything I read or that bothers me - much written here isn't worth anyone's time. My opinions are mine, but I recognize they're subject to others' comments and counters. However, if I am attacked personally, I don't leave it lay.

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