Oklahoma is still pretty much a wild west kind of place. There’s biker bars and honky-tonks around here where they check you for weapons at the door and if you don’t have one they give you one.
This is the story of 18 year-old Sarah McKinley. On New Years Eve, McKinley was home alone with her 3 month old baby when intruders attempted to break into her Blanchard mobile home.
The young mother immediately got on the phone with a police dispatcher and asked, “I’ve got two guns in my hand. Is it OK to shoot him if he comes in this door?”
Makes sense to me – two intruders, two guns, one very protective mother. This can’t have a good ending for the unsuspecting robbers.
“Well, you have to do whatever you can do to protect yourself,” the dispatcher responded. “I can’t tell you that you can do that, but you have to do what you have to do to protect your baby.”
In Oklahoma the law allows deadly force against intruders.
Standing outside her door trying to enter her home was 24 year-old Justin Martin and 29 year-old Dustin Stewart. Apparently they were on the prowl for prescription drugs and either didn’t consider McKinley a threat or didn’t know she was home. McKinley’s husband died on Christmas day from complications of lung cancer.
When the men entered McKinley acted in self-defense and fatally shot Martin. Stewart fled the scene unaware of the scope of his situation. Prosecutors have arrested and charged the alleged accomplice with first-degree murder.
Grady County Assistant District Attorney James Walters told The Oklahoman newspaper,”When you’re engaged in a crime such as first-degree burglary and a death results from the events of that crime, you’re subject to prosecution for it,” Walters said.
Sounds like a big win for second amendment rights.
(The above photo is NOT Sarah McKinley.)