Gun control advocates will see this story and say the Indianapolis woman was stupid. Why did she go for her gun when she didn’t have to? She could have started a gunfight that might have left her dead. Tactically, there’s some justification for that position. If a gun’s pointed at you, lunging towards the bad guy holding the weapon in an attempt to get your own gun may not be your first, best option. But there are other considerations not detailed in this report. Where were the other assailants at the time? If they were close by (as is likely) Kari Bird may have feared being beaten, kidnapped, raped, tortured and/or killed. In short, she was in a life-or-death situation and she chose to counter-attack. She won. Case closed. Only not . . . [Make the jump for the (auto-play) video…]
As of this writing, the police have not captured Ms. Bird’s assailants. As theblaze.com reports, the search for the bad guys is ongoing:
The outlet claims that authorities will likely patrol around her neighborhood in the wake of the incident and that police may also rely upon surveillance video from a nearby gas station to try and find the four young men.
Which raises an important question: should you talk to the media before a defensive gun use case has reached its conclusion, if it ever does? Doesn’t this video antagonize her attackers, putting her in jeopardy of retaliation? One of her attackers could claim she assaulted him with a gun and use any inconsistencies in this video account to victimize her again, legally.
I wouldn’t do it. Nor would I recommend that any armed American caught-up in a DGU speak with the press until much, much later. If then.
It seems Ms. Bird has made another calculation. She’s balanced the possibility of rattling the bad guys’ cage against the possibility that making her case high profile will intimidate the perps into perpetuity. Yes, well, one wonders if the cops confiscated Ms. Bird’s gun, or if she has another one.
Anyway, good for her. You might say it would have been a happier ending if she’d ventilated the attackers, but I reckon she’s had enough trauma as is. Result. Let’s hope she stays safe.