When push comes to shove, a gun owner will not hesitate to use lethal force in dealing with a threat, but in doing so, it’s imperative for the gun owner to be well-trained in personal defense tactics and firearm use. That’s where we come in. Personal Defense TV host Richard Nance’s blog, Defend Thyself, provides plenty of know-how to deal with a threat to you or your family drawing from real-life scenarios.
With 2013 just around the corner, we’ve rounded up the top 10 personal defense storylines of the year, from the weird to the heroic, and we hope to impart some knowledge to you, the readers, as we head into the new year.
<h2>Single Mom Kills Armed Intruder</h2>In January, 18-year-old Sarah McKinley, a recently widowed mother, <a href="http://www.gunsandammo.com/2012/01/07/sarah-mckinley/" target="_blank">came face-to-face with a pair of intruders</a> breaking into her home, one of them armed with a 12-inch hunting knife. While on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, she asked if she'd be justified in shooting the intruders. The dispatcher responded, "I can’t tell you that you can do that but you do what you have to do to protect your baby," and that's what McKinley did, shooting 24-year-old Justin Martin, killing him and sending his partner, Dustin Stewart, high-tailing it out of there. McKinley's actions were defended by law enforcement under Oklahoma's Castle Doctrine. Detective Dan Huff of the Blanchard (Okla.) Police Department said, "You’re allowed to shoot an unauthorized person that is in your home. The law provides you the remedy, and sanctions the use of deadly force."