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This should make Texans beam with pride. :cool:

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=1302793
If the link doesn't work, here's the entire article:
Granny's Got a Gun ... and Uses It

Keeps Gun at Her Bedside

Nov. 11, 2005 — A 66-year-old grandmother is giving new meaning to the saying, "Don't Mess With Texas." Susan Gaylord Buxton of Arlington, Texas, shot an intruder who broke into her home using the .38-caliber handgun she keeps by her bedside. The intruder, Christopher Lessner, 22, suffered a leg wound and is now in jail.


"I was scared, I was terrified and I was really, really angry that he was in my house," Buxton said. "He could have harmed me or my granddaughter."



Buxton, a cartoonist and an artist, had already gone to bed for the night. But at 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday, she got up to let one of her puppies outside. She took her gun with her in case a coyote tried to attack her dog in the yard.


On her way downstairs, Buxton noticed that her granddaughter, Mandy Davis, was awake because she had heard a noise like breaking glass. Buxton walked out on her back porch and let her dog out, who began sniffing two big muddy footprints on the porch — a red flag, since they hadn't any rain in about six weeks.


Then Buxton and Davis noticed other odd things: the door to a backroom was ajar allowing the family cats to escape and other items in the room were in disarray. They discussed calling the police, but instead decided to methodically check the house on their own — with a spotlight and her gun in hand.


After checking the entire house, they realized the only place they hadn't checked was the coat closet — and there was Lessner.


"This big, 6-foot-1, really big, buff man jumped out," Buxton said.
As Buxton dealt with the intruder, Davis called 911 to get help.


Lessner was on the run from police who were trying to ticket him for speeding in a stolen car earlier that night.


Buxton ordered Lessner to "get down" but he refused. She fired one warning shot into the air and then she shot him in the leg. But Lessner still managed to run out the front door.


Police apprehended him near Buxton's home.


"They found him bleeding and cowering on a neighbor's balcony," Buxton said.


Buxton has owned a handgun for 12 years, but this was her first time shooting anybody, she said. Buxton bought the gun 12 years ago after she says someone tried to kidnap one of her grandchildren while she was baby-sitting.


She has taken a shooting course where she was trained to aim for the torso, but she said she aimed for the leg instead.


"I didn't want to kill him," Buxton said.


The police took Buxton's gun as part of the investigation. In the meantime, she's carrying her other gun, a 9-millimeter semi-automatic. Buxton has a permit to carry a handgun and will not be charged with a crime because she was defending herself.


Lessner is facing charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. Now that he's out of the hospital, he's sitting in jail.


"I'm glad he's in jail," Buxton said. "That's where he belongs."
Damn, if only my grandmother was like this one! :rock:
 

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Better watch out messing with Texan mamaws... :rock:
 

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That is fantastic ! Now I ask you this , if I as a 54 yr old white man shot an intruder under the same circumstances and it was reported in the local paper or TV/radio channel , would the approval be as high ? We as gun enthusiasts are encouraged , and people are bemused about a Grandma shooting a gun to defend herself , but an ongoing problem is the non gun owning public's perception of self-defense with firearms. We need more positive stories such as this to appear somewhere other than in American Rifleman's "The Armed Citizen" ...Tom
 

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M1911Arch said:
This should make Texans beam with pride. :cool:
Damn, if only my grandmother was like this one! :rock:
Ive heard stories about the time when my grandmother was empting guns as fast as my father and unlce (about 15and 10 years old) were loading them. She was shooting at some burgulars as they were fleeing through the field behind their house. As if the shot raining down all around these guys wasn't enough, from what I hear she was apparently swearing like a salor too. These entruders had once again tried to get in the house when my grandfather was at his second job and grandma was tired of it (had been going on sporadically for weeks). Illeagal, yes...but none of the intruders were hit (to anyones knowledge anyway) and the police didn't do anything (i guess it probably helped that she was a police dispatcher at the time...lol). After that night the buglars didn't come back. Dad and unlce still laugh like heck when they tell that story, grandma just sits back and shakes her head and says "I was just so fed up with it."
 

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I really have mixed feeling about this. First, I am happy to see a positive article, but there are a few facts about the incident that bother me. If the threat was big enough to shoot at, it was big enough to kill. This granny may just have opened herself up to a serious civil case by saying she shot to injure. Then again, it is Texas.
 

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And now she is fighting to get her gun back. The DA has it as evidence in the case and the lawyer representing the thug who broke into her house wont let it be released, despite the fact she has not been charged with anything.
 
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