A Nurse with a Gun

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tactical Granny Chalks One Up

Leda Smith had just arrived home from church when she noticed her exterior door broken. When the 85 year old great grandmother saw a 17 year old intruder in her home, she wasn't going to put up with it. She slipped past him to her bedroom where she kept her gun.

Grabbing her old H&R .22 caliber top break revolver, she confronted the young punk at gun point. Then she marched him out of her bedroom, and into the living room to call police himself. "Dial 911 and don't attempt to throw the phone at me, or do anything bad or I'll just shoot you," she told the intruder.

Next, she forced the intruder to go prone on her living room carpet to wait for police to arrive. State Troopers arrived a short time later, and took the man into custody. Attempted burglary charges are being filed against him and an alleged accomplice.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's easy to say 'go granny'. while this turned out ok, it wasn't the smartest course of action to 1.)see the house had been entered, 2.)then notice the intruder and 3.)still walk through the house to retrieve her weapon. what if the intruder had a weapon or just decided to attack the woman? what if there were multiple intruders? she didn't know. the far smarter choice would have been to stay out of the house and call 911 from another location. let the professionals handle the intruder(s). this could have just as easily have been a story about an 85 yr. old woman murdered or raped in her home.

11:14 PM  
Blogger JAFO said...

I was going to say the very same thing, anon.

Glad it all turned out well. Granny's definitely a sheepdog.

4:59 AM  
Blogger Keith Walker said...

I bet she was still polite too. ;-)

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Jack said...

Well anon, you have to understand that she just might be another one of those delusional persons who is willing to risk life and limb in saving and protecting what is rightfully hers from those who wish to destroy and take unlawfully. Props to Grandma for having the courage to exercise her rights as a property owner and her OBLIGATIONS as a steward of the things of this world; showing true gratitude for her earthly gifts from God (she is a church goer after all). It's easy to feel proud of "professionals" who make the ultimate sacrifice defending the lives and belongings of others, but it is too common for our society to pity "an 85 yr. old woman" and feel the need to learn a lesson when she is "murdered or raped in her home" taking her own personal matters into her own personal hands.

Put your own in what you say and have a say in what you own.

P.S. Hey Xav, would you mind if I post this article on my Facebook profile along with my reply for my friends to see? My profile is private and restricted so only my friends will see it. I won't post anything else that belongs to anyone else or you.

12:12 PM  
Blogger DJK said...

Yup, glad it turned out well. I also have an H&R .22 Special top break 9-shot revolver.


12:19 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Have at it Jack!

5:15 PM  
Blogger "Tarak" said...

A year or two ago, we had a similar thing in SD. In Rapid City (think Mount Rushmore) an older lady's hosue was being broken into. She pulled out her late husband's .38 snubby....
*I do not necissarly support the following action*: When the criminal tried to flee, she shot out his tires and held him at gunpoint until the police arrived.

A few months later, an 84 year old woman in the same area was confronted by an angry mountain lion. Old .22 rilfe, single shot to the lion's head, end of threat!

8:48 AM  
Blogger JJR said...

It's Monday morning quarterbacking, to be sure, but anon. has a point;

Granny should've been packing in her purse, rather than have to duck into her dwelling to retrieve her firearm. And while a .22LR can get the job done, I'd rather bet on a .38 special. My great aunt packed a .38 special snub in her purse before she had to be put into nursing home care.

Granny won, but let's hope she revises her tactics.

1:14 PM  

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