It only takes seconds to lose everything you love. Justified lethal force is serious business, and the decision to point a gun at another human is one you can’t take back. I don’t think I’m alone here in preaching that if that line is to be crossed, it must be done with all the violence, force, and terror you can muster. This isn’t a game and no one’s going to cry uncle, especially when they come to steal your child. Brianne Rodriguez of Fresno County, California had little warning, just a guy at the door. Moments later, she was fighting for her child’s life . . .
She ignored the guy at the front door who, she said, “looked like a salesman.” But salesmen don’t put on ski masks and subsequently bust in through the back window. She confronted the man, and was attacked, knocked down and kicked in the face and ribs. The home invader then grabbed Ms. Rodriguez’ two-year-old daughter and bolted:
I said I gotta save my kid, that’s my life, my everything my love, so I ran to my room where we have the shotgun and I grabbed the shotgun. I came chasing out here after her and I yelled some obscenities at him, cocked my shotgun a couple times. He saw it. He threw her [the child] on the floor.
The foiled kidnapper didn’t get away empty-handed; he was able to grab a purse and some other valuables. And this isn’t the first time Ms. Rodriguez has had to use a gun. She chased off a prowler in her yard a year ago. She’s not an OFWG looking for a fight, and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office (California!) had no problem with her actions.
It’s her 2-year-old daughter she’s fighting for, so I think anybody here would’ve done the same thing and you know kudos to her, said Deputy Chris Curtice.
The local publicity and response seem overwhelmingly positive, certainly thanks to the words of the Sheriff’s office and, of course, the actions of a caring mother. But is this an isolated incident? Nope. Just a week earlier, a man tried to abduct an 8-year-old girl from Fremont Elementary School located just a few miles from where the Rodriguez attempt took place.
Didn’t we just warn criminals not to mess with moms? Brianne gets it: “I kicked into lioness mode protecting my cub.” Are your loved ones prepared to deal with a sudden break-in and abduction? What can we learn from this incident?
First, and foremost, she had a self-defense gun and knew how to use it. She immediately took action and confronted the intruder instead of letting him control the show. When overwhelmed, she grabbed her force equalizer and chased the guy off. And she knew what was important: “The stuff that he stole from us is miniscule to the fact that my daughter was with him, says Rodriguez.”
The “happy ending” in this story is that no one was shot, although in light of the severity of this attempt it might not have been a bad thing. Oh, the attacker is still on the loose.