We told you how former CNN and Headline News anchor Lynn Russell and her husband Chuck de Caro, both of whom have concealed carry permits, survived a hotel room invasion turned shootout at an Albuquerque Motel 6 last week.
Her life saved by legally concealed weapons Russell is speaking out very strongly in favor of the Second Amendment:
Russell told FOX411 that having a gun “absolutely” saved their lives.
“The discussion over the debate to own a gun is just ridiculous. As Americans we have the right to bear arms and as humans the right to protect ourselves. I’m sure that the man who shot my husband did not have a gun permit. Criminals will always have guns. The rest of us legally obtain our gun permits.”
Russell and de Caro have been long time advocates for carrying guns legally. The author of “Hell on Heels” explains the decision should be an individual one, and those who do not want to carry should not weigh in on the gun control conversation.
“If you don’t want to carry please don’t. Then, shut the f–k up about it. Make your own decisions.”
The man who attacked Russell—and who died under a hail of bullets fired by de Caro—was an ex-con on parole from Tennessee.
de Caro is former U.S. Army Special Forces, and Russell credits that training for him being able to keep his composure under fire and put shots on target, even after being hit three times himself, including at least one shot center-mass. deCaro emptied one of the couple’s concealed carry guns and then grabbed the other and fired at least one shot. The heavily ventilated parole violator was found in the Motel 6 parking lot, where Tom Bodett presumably left the light on for the coroner and crime scene investigators.
The New York Post awkwardly claims that the couple were armed with “.35-caliber handguns” which we can safely assume are actually 9mm pistols. I can’t find any articles detailing what kind of pistols that the couple used for concealed carry.
While de Caro did all the shooting in this shootout, Russell is herself no slouch, having been a private investigator and deputy sheriff who concealed carry, even when on-air.
Russell surprised Conan O’Brien one night when she showed the audience how she preferred to carry a concealed pistol in a thigh holster under skirts and dresses.
We would echo Russell’s advice that citizens have a personal choice to make regarding whether or not they want to carry a firearm for personal defense, and that if someone does not desire to defend their own life, that they should simply cease talking about the subject, instead of attempting to force others to join them as easy victims.