September 10, 2006


Sick over shot: Harlem gran sez blasting mugger was gut reaction (VERONIKA BELENKAYA and ROBERT F. MOORE, 9/09/06, NY DAILY NEWS)

The pistol-packing Harlem grandma who grabbed a registered .357 magnum and blasted a mugger is a steady shot who has won awards for her marksmanship.

"I never thought I would have to use my gun on a person," said Margaret Johnson, who has at least a dozen shooting trophies in her apartment and once shot a hole in a quarter from 30 feet away.

"I feel bad, but it was his choice," Johnson, 57, said of the mugger she wounded. "I think he's stupid. I think it's really wrong to take advantage of the disabled."

Johnson, who has been confined to a wheelchair since 2001 when she suffered a dislocated hip and a herniated disk, has a permit for the handgun that allows her to keep the firearm in her home and take it to shooting ranges.

The Left, of course, opposes holding people accountable for the choices they make.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 10, 2006 8:55 AM

A kudo for grandma!

Posted by: Michael Byrne at September 10, 2006 11:46 AM

Sheesh, I didn't even think they allowed you to have a registered handgun in NYC. At first I thought the story was going to be about her getting prosecuted for having the pistol!!

Posted by: Twn at September 10, 2006 3:39 PM

Well that's the problem. It appears that the armed citizen had a New York permit to keep a firearm at home and to transport it back and forth to the range only.

It so happened that, agaist all odds, the most unlucky robber picked on her while she was on her way to the range. The problem is that New York-style gun control makes this eventuality so unlikely as to allow would-be criminals to feel undeterred.

Here in Pennsylvania, carry papers are so common that hoodlums are alway put to the Dirty Harry question before attempting a stranger-on-stranger confrontational crime. Since the entire state went "shall-issue" about 10 years ago, car-jackings and ATM-strong arms have almost disappeared.

Never forget: more guns. less crime.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 10, 2006 4:36 PM