If you’ve not been living under a rock recently, you’ve heard the story of the 18-year-old mother in Oklahoma who, armed with a shotgun and handgun, shot and killed an intruder after 911 said she should “do what you have to do to protect your [3-month-old] baby.” The story is currently the #1 story on Weibo with over 11,000 forwards and, no surprises here, netizens totally would’ve shot the intruder too (if they had guns).
If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a quick recap from ABC news:
On New Year’s Eve [a man]… armed with a 12-inch hunting knife… began trying to break into [the mother]’s home…
[S]he quickly got her 12 gauge, went into her bedroom and got a pistol, put the bottle in the baby’s mouth and called 911.
“I’ve got two guns in my hand — is it okay to shoot him if he comes in this door?” the young mother asked the 911 dispatcher…
“I can’t tell you that you can do that but you do what you have to do to protect your baby,” the dispatcher told her.
When [the man] kicked in the door and came after her with the knife, the teen mom shot and killed the 24-year-old. Police are calling the shooting justified.
Netizens, along with the rest of the US media, are applauding the woman’s courage and level-headed thinking, US laws that allow lethal force in home invasion self-defense, as well as the dispatcher’s timeless advice.
Great mom, great law.
An 18 year old mother… her calm thinking frightens me. I think I would shoot first, and not even think about calling the police… I’m ashamed!
If it were me, I would also give them a bullet to eat!
The 911 operator’s answer is great: “do what you have to do to protect your baby…” This principle is beneficial because our options in this situation are too many, so perhaps if we had to think about what we should do first it would already be too late….
In addition to supporting the mother, netizens took the story as an opportunity to lament over their own lack of access to firearms, and wondered what would’ve happened if the same situation had happened in China.
Very smart mother, there is nothing more frightening on Earth than a mother holding her child. But this premise is not only about the right to have firearms, but is about fundamental values. If this was in China what would’ve happened? Would we judge it as self-defense? Or a spontaneous decision? Or would we start to question why an 18-year-old girl was already a mother, and human-flesh search her marriage certificate to see if she gave birth out of wed-lock and therefore was violating the family plan?
If she had dialed 110 (China’s emergency #), what would the outcome have been?
In China, bad people have guns, good people have nothing.
Here the criminals have the gun, and we have the kitchen knife……
I wish I had a gun to protect my daughter.
Though guns are illegal in China, violent crime with firearms is not unheard of, with a few instances occurring a year – including one gun battle in Shanghai in 2009.
Regardless, China, in general, holds a reputation for low crime (whether or not this is true is debatable) whereas the United States is often portrayed as being crime-ridden and overrun with crack fiends looking to shoot you for their next fix. Indeed, as one netizen points out, “this type of story is very common in the United States and is barely considered newsworthy.”