Firearms - Tragedy averted in Germantown, Philadelphia

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@jerzgirl (8030)
Gloucester City, New Jersey
January 9, 2016 6:55am CST
In August 2014, in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, an elderly woman was forced to shoot her own son when he threatened to kill her and forced his way into her room pointing a gun at her. Yes - there will be those who will say she shouldn't have had a gun, but without that gun, she'd be dead now. Her son is 45 and she is 78. She wasn't ready to leave this earth despite the son's threats. But, she did all she could to avoid having to do this by barricading herself in her room until he broke through her barricade to kill her. I'm no gun nut, not by any stretch of the imagination. But, I believe that there are people who are responsible owners who have fear for their own safety (and in Philadelphia, safety is NOT guaranteed). They buy a gun and keep it available just in case they need it. They have no other need for it except 'just in case'. Unfortunately, this woman's 'just in case' was her own drunken and violent son. She didn't kill him, but she injured him sufficiently that she was able to save herself and again barricade herself until police arrived. Meanwhile, her son has been arrested and charged with every appropriate charge. I hope she can live the remainder of her life in peace. Original article -
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
9 Jan 16
That is a very sad situation. I have a son and I can't imagine being put in the position.
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@jerzgirl (8030)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
9 Jan 16
Nor would I and I'm certain she never imagined it either. I also think that is why she didn't kill him. He was her son. She had to stop him, but only kill him if nothing else worked. I'd probably do the same - try to disable my child before deciding the ultimate is necessary.