In short order she found Joseph Baker in her home; he had broken through two doors to get in. She drew her gun, ordered him to the floor, and told him to “stay still.” She then held Baker at gunpoint for 23 minutes while waiting for police to arrive.
Twenty-three minutes? Color me unimpressed. Junction City has about 5000 people. That’s big enough to have a full-time police force.
Me, I’d probably have killed him out-of-hand. If for some reason I didn’t and called 911 and they weren’t at my door in five minutes, I’m pretty sure he’d have jumped up and tried to rush me at the six-minute mark. I acknowledge, however, that I learned young that authorities won’t do anything to help me and that I have to take care of problems myself.
Along those lines, I see that public schools are still doing their best to make sure kids learn that authorities won’t deal with bullies or other criminals who do not threaten the authorities themselves. That’s fine. I was a teenager the first time I killed a violent criminal, and we can hope that some of the new generation will take the same lessons to heart.