That THIS editorial was printed. This ran in the Oregonian online, written by Rich Lowry of the National Review. Granted, the NR is a VERY conservative source, but that's not where I found it. I found it in the op-ed page of the Oregonian, which is just a touch more conservative than Occupy Wall Street. Sure, its a syndicated column, but it made it in. When I first started getting into guns, you could not find this sort of op-ed in even the most conservative newspaper. NRA publications were the sole source for stories such as this. To see this opinion raised, not on a gun blog, but under the auspices of the local newspaper in a quintessentially liberal town, flat gives me the warm fuzzies.
I'm not going to get much into the story behind the story, but the end result is a young mother is alive, as is her 3 mo child, and an armed home invader died on the scene. The only better outcome is for it not to have happened at all, but that doesn't make the news. Also note, the young woman had armed intruders IN HER HOME, and her 911 call did nothing to stop them. Sure the police were on their way, but it took more than the 21 available minutes for them to arrive. Think about that for a second. 21 minutes is half an average tv program. 21 minutes is a nice hot shower. 21 minutes is 157.5 bullrides. Its long enough for a lot of things to happen, and when they do, you'd best be prepared. 21 minutes was the length of time it took for a scared girl, with a tiny child, to be found in that trailer in Oklahoma. Without that shotgun by her side, 22 minutes would have been a lifetime too long.