Back in August 2016, we ran a post about an Atlanta woman who survived a home invasion. “‘He told me to lie down on the bed and put my face in the pillow,’ Barbara Lyles-Anderson told Channel 2 Action News. ‘And I thought then he was going to rape me and shoot me in the back of the head.’” He did neither; we highlighted the story as a cautionary tale. (Nanny cam video here.) Yesterday, Ms. Lyles-Anderson commented under our post, providing new details about the crime . . .
Hi! I’m Barbara Lyles-Anderson, the woman who was robbed at gunpoint in your article. Just to clarify in this situation…
He was already facing me with an AK-47. He had the laser pointed at my forehead so there was no time to grab a gun. And in actuality, when the same man robbed a Brookhaven home, the homeowner did try to get to his gun first but was unsuccessful. So the assailant shot him first with a pistol.
Every situation is different and I do think it is a good idea to have a gun in your home for protection. But…only if you have everyone in the home trained in its use & all are aware that it may not always be wise to go for it.
Ironically for me, I used to own a 357 magnum that I kept in a drawer beside my bed. But on December 13, 1989, I was the victim of another crime. 3 men burglarized my home and stole many things.. including my 357 magnum!!
To which we’ll add that security is like an onion (or a parfait). Make you abode a hard target (lock windows and doors). Use an alarm system (schnauzers make a great backup). Have a home defense plan. Keep a cell phone nearby. And home carry.