“The 43-year-old woman said she awoke around midnight to the voice of a man in her house near 10th Street and Emerson Avenue on Indianapolis’ Eastside,” Indiana’s jconline.com reports. “[Karen Dolley, above] leapt out of bed, turned on the lights and saw him standing in her living room, she said. Then her instincts kicked in. Dolley, standing 5-foot-6, said she immediately attacked, punching him about 10 times and cornering him in her bedroom.” I think this would be a good point to highlight the fact that Ms. Dolley is known as Foul Morguean – in professional roller derby. So . . .
She reached for her gun in a nearby drawer, but she accidentally opened the wrong drawer during the chaos of the moment, so her gun wasn’t there.
She reached for her backup weapon, a Japanese-styled sword called ninjato, which she keeps near her bed. Her intruder crouched in the bedroom as she held him at sword-point until police arrived, she said.
She called 911 and police arrived within two minutes, she said.
OK, two important lessons here . . .
First, keep your firearm in a sterile environment, separate and distinct from all other items. If you put it on your nightside table, make sure the table isn’t cluttered. If you keep it in a drawer, put nothing else in that drawer. A bedside holster works for me. As does a [relatively flimsy and relatively child-proof] “gun locker” with one shotgun contained therein.
Second, remember that a gun is just a tool, one of many that may be available to you at the time of an attack. In fact, your gun may be too far away or taken away or inoperative. Don’t worry, be snappy. Find something, anything to use as a weapon. If you don’t have a weapon, use your hands, fists, elbows, knees, feet, shoulders or head to inflict as much damage on the bad guy as possible. It’s great to train how to do so but don’t let a lack of training inhibit you from an uninhibited attack on your attacker.
“I didn’t think I was getting good blows in but my knuckles are bruised today,” said Dolley, 43, on Friday. “Hitting someone like that, it isn’t like the movies. You’re expecting it to be louder and see people jerk around, but that’s not how it happens in real life.”
To quote Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, or the matter, forme, and power of a commonwealth, ecclesiasticall and civill, life is nasty, brutish and short. Do everything in your power to make sure your defense – which is actually an attack to stop an attacker – is as well.