Armed Woman Levels Handgun on Home Invaders
Common Liberal Myth: Armed Woman who Use a Handgun for Defense are More Likely to Become Victims of Their Own Guns
The Truth: An Armed Woman Uses a Handgun as a Great Equalizer; Most criminals Retreat When Facing an Armed Citizen
Armed woman and Oklahoma resident Pam Loman discusses what happened when 3 home invaders kicked in her front door and found themselves staring at the barrel of Pam’s loaded handgun. Pam Loman was home alone and outnumbered three to one. However, even the most hardened burglars are greatly concerned with their own safety, these three took off running to preserve their own lives.
Pam’s action to defend herself spared these burglars the temptation of finding themselves alone with a helpless woman while they were in the act of committing a felony. You never know what type of person will break into your home, and you won’t know if they are a rapist, murderer, or just a petty thief. Because you don’t know, your home should be well-armed. Men who care for their families should arm and train them in self-defense. An armed woman is less likely to become a victim of crime, which is why every home should have a well-armed citizen inside.
Oklahoma incorporates the Castle Doctrine. By this standard, Pam Loman would have been legally justified at pulling the trigger of her handgun and shooting at all three of the intruders the moment her door was kicked open. Per the editors of the Findlaw.com website, “Most states have incorporated so-called stand your ground laws that remove the duty to retreat before using force in self-defense. Florida passed the first such law in 2005, generally allowing people to stand their ground instead of retreating if they reasonably believe doing so will “prevent death or great bodily harm.”
“Other states followed with laws specifically affirming one’s right to defend themselves, even outside of their homes and with deadly force if necessary. The wording of each state’s laws will vary, but typically require you to have the right to be at a location. State self-defense laws may also overlap, but generally fall into three general categories:
- Stand Your Ground: No duty to retreat from the situation before resorting to deadly force; not limited to your property (home, office, etc.)
- Castle Doctrine: Limited to real property, such as your home, yard, or private office; no duty to retreat (use of deadly force against intruders is legal in most situations); some states, like Missouri and Ohio, even include personal vehicles.
- Duty to Retreat: Must retreat from the situation if you feel threatened (use of deadly force is considered a last resort); may not use deadly force if you are safely inside your home. “
If you are an armed woman, as a gun owner, it is critical that you know and understand the specific laws of your own state and how they apply to the use of deadly force when defending your home and person in different situations.
Tactical Considerations and Analysis
Pam did a remarkable job of handling herself under the situation. The editors might be concerned over the limited stopping power of .32 caliber pistol. This might have left her short of ammunition if her three home invaders had tried to pile in on her and she had to fire at multiple persons. We’d like to call attention to how little resistance the average wooden door frame presents to forced entry. Most residential doors will let loose just like Pam’s did, with one good kick. Homeowners should consider installing door frame reinforcing kits to provide additional delay during any home invasion scenario.
A strategically placed long-gun in the house such as an AR-15 would tip the odds even more in Pam’s favor here. Not only does it have more of a deterrent effect than a small caliber pistol, but it is remarkably easy to use, with great magazine capacity. Homeowners should carefully consider where weapons are staged and how they are secured. To defend your home you must ensure weapons are easily accessible when needed. Reinforced doors will greatly improve the homeowners chances of having enough time to retrieve their weapon and put it into play. This scenario shows how important it is to keep doors locked during the day when you are in the home.