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Americans should have right to protection

Published 6:00am Saturday, January 7, 2012

A teen mom has made headlines recently and no, it wasn’t for being on the MTV reality show of the same name.

The girl I’m talking about is 18-year-old Sarah McKinley from Blanchard, Okla., who made the news after she shot and killed a man who broke into her home on New Year’s Eve while she and her three-month-old child were there alone.

For those who haven’t heard, read or seen the story, Sarah actually called 911 when the man started to break in and asked the dispatcher if it was okay to shoot the intruder.

“I’ve got two guns in my hand. Is it OK to shoot him if he comes in this door?” she asked.

The dispatcher said she couldn’t tell her to shoot the intruder but she could do whatever she needed to protect her baby.

Reports stated after Sarah shot the intruder, who was identified as 24-year-old Justin Shane Martin, authorities found him in the floor holding a knife — a fact that showed Sarah most certainly acted in self-defense.

As to be expected, this situation has sparked discussions about gun control and whether Sarah should be held responsible for the killing, but for the life of me I can’t figure out why this is even being discussed.

This man, who was holding a knife, broke into her home where she was alone with her baby boy.

There is no telling what kinds of despicable things this man could have done to her or to her child if she hadn’t shot him. People don’t break into strangers’ houses just to say hello.

Sarah had no other choice but to defend herself and her baby, and in my opinion, the “shoot first and ask questions later” saying should always apply in a situation like this and people should have the right to have firearms in their home to protect themselves if the situation arises.

I just don’t buy into the whole “guns kill people” business. People kill people. Period.

People kill people with knives, hammers, scissors, shovels, rope, chains and their bare hands, but all these things are still allowed to remain in the home.

Yes, I know how powerful a gun is and I believe there should be precautions taken as to who can own one and the safety features it should have, but it should always be the choice of the upstanding American citizen that if he or she wants to protect his or her family by owning a gun, they can.

Some people these days need a reality check that they aren’t entitled to what someone else has worked for and earned.

Maybe this situation in Oklahoma will let people know that it’s not okay to break into someone’s home and there can be serious consequences if you do.

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