A woman on a walking trail in Lancaster, Ohio, apparently has her concealed weapon to thank for saving her from two men who seemed to have the worse of intentions.
Dinah Burns is licensed to carry a concealed gun, but she’d only recently started taking her weapon while walking her dog.
Based on what happened, it looks like she’ll make a point of carrying from now on.
“I think if they’d gotten any closer, I probably would have fired,” said Burns.
It was Monday when Burns was on a footpath near Sanderson Elementary School.
“Two gentlemen came out of the woods, one holding a baseball bat, and said ‘You’re coming with us’.”
The men weren’t deterred by Dinah’s dog Gracie.
“I said, ‘Well, what do you want?,’ and as I was saying that I reached in to my pocket and slipped my gun out, slipped the safety off as I pulled it out. As I was doing that the other gentleman came toward me and raised the baseball bat. And, I pointed the gun at them and said, ‘I have this and I’m not afraid to use it.'”
The men took off and so far have eluded police.
Believe it or not, Mrs. Burns has gotten grief on her Facebook page for not shooting her would be assailants.
That she didn’t shoot them is a personal matter, and none of us know how we’ll respond until we’re in a similar situation. There is thankfully a gap between “legally justified” and “clearly needed to.” Since the men fled the moment they saw the gun, she didn’t feel the need to fire her weapon.
Burn’s dog was no deterrent at all to the two attackers.
This is worth pointing out to those who believe that a small or medium-sized dog will deter criminal assaults.