“Mary Farmer was standing on her back porch Sunday afternoon when she noticed an unfamiliar truck pull up to her elderly parent’s property,” cbs19.tv reports. “After a few moments of watching she noticed two men begin to load up their truck with her father’s possessions.” Ain’t nobody got time for that! Not in East Texas . . .
“After I noticed they started to load up stuff into their truck, that’s when I drove over there and confronted them. That’s when they tried to leave,” said Mrs. Farmer.
As the men attempted to leave the property, Mrs. Farmer pulled a 12-gauge shotgun from her vehicle and held the two men at gunpoint as she called 911.
OK, look. The safest thing to do in that kind of situation is to call 911 and . . . that’s it. Let the police handle things from there.
That’s especially true in “slave states” like New Jersey, where doing anything other than admiring your gun in the privacy of your own home runs the risk of prosecution.
But a Texan’s well within their rights to use lethal force to intervene to prevent a robbery. And while I can’t recommend a home carry handgun enough, if I was going to hold two bad guys at bay, I reckon a shotgun would be an ideal choice.
Would I want to hold two bad guys at bay, ballistically speaking? Uh, maybe? But then maybe I’m not made of the same stuff as Mrs. Farmer. A woman who proceeded to give the brace of bad guys a severe tongue lashing as she waited for the cavalry.
“I’m sure the dispatcher on the other end of the phone enjoyed my lecturing to these two men taking my daddy’s stuff,” Mrs. Farmer said, adding it took about 15 minutes for three sheriff units to arrive. “I had plenty of time to lecture them, and tell them how ashamed they should be. They weren’t young men – they were older, so they knew better.”
Sgt. Coslin, with the Smith County Sheriff’s office, said Mrs. Farmer blocked the men in with her vehicle before pulling the shotgun on them.
Let’s hope the lecture convinced the robbers to seek legal, gainful employment because, surprisingly enough . . .
No charges were pressed against the two suspected robbers during the Sunday afternoon incident. The men attempted to steal an electrical box, a gas can and a cooler.
“If it had been up to me, I would’ve pressed charges, but it is my daddy’s property and he is a Christian man and decided not to press charges,” Mrs. Farmer said. “I’m very protective of my parents – it would be a shame to get killed over a cooler and a gas can.”
A statement that cuts both ways, FWIW.