You all have probably already heard or read the story of the Oklahoma mom, 18, who shot when a couple armed men attempted a home invasion. One was found dead on the scene, the other arrested. While this is a great story, and the mother should be acknowledged for her bravery and quick thinking; we should not be surprised about this incident. After about four years of teaching firearms classes, (and my business partner’s several years more) we have come to the realization that when asked, women are more likely to be okay with shooting someone and possibly killing them then their male counterparts. Is it that strong momma bear instinct? I think it is; but only partially. I think the other reason women are less likely to hesitate to shoot/ and or kill someone is the based on one of the most basic crime statistics. Women are more likely to be victimized than men. This being said, the female psyche has been conditioned to be more expecting of an attack than the male. The longer one lives in fear, the more time one has to consider their stance in this “fight or flight” world. If more of these stories were published in the media, this would come as no surprise to society when a woman chooses to protect herself and her family. And honestly, it is a woman’s responsibility. Kuddos to Sarah for fullfilling her responsibility.

So while Sarah McKinley’s is indeed a great story; let this be a lesson to those who wish harm on any woman, and especially a mother: you just might find yourself dead on her couch.