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Positivity: Woman inspires calls for gun training after being hailed as ‘shining example’ for shooting escaped prisoner

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Pickens, South Carolina:

Dec 6, 2018, 5:55 PM ET

Hailed as a “shining example” by a South Carolina sheriff, a woman who shot and killed an escaped jail inmate who broke into her home is giving firearm advocates fodder in their quest to boost the number of good gals with guns in the United States.

“There is a great disparity of force between a woman and a male. The proper use of a firearm really does kind of equalize that disparity,” Carrie Lightfoot, founder of The Well Armed Woman, a nationwide female gun-training organization, told ABC News on Thursday.

“I really see her as an inspiration that women can effectively protect themselves with an equalizer,” Lightfoot said of the armed South Carolina women who took on the jail escapee. “It is the only tool that can literally equalize that disparity.”

‘She came out on the good end’

Early Tuesday morning, a woman who was home alone in Pickens, South Carolina, shot and killed a jail escapee who kicked in her back door, authorities said.

Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said the woman, whose name has not been released, has a concealed weapons permit and knew how to use her gun when escapee Bruce W. McLaughlin Jr., 30, reached her bedroom entrance.

She fired one shot that hit McLaughlin in the head, killing him, he said.

“This is a shining example of what this lady did, took the time to get her CWP and set herself up to protect herself and not be harmed, killed or raped or whatever,” Clark said at a news conference on Tuesday. “She came out on the good end and the other guy, the bad guy, didn’t.”

Clark said McLaughlin and Timothy Dell, 32, another inmate at the Pickens County Jail, broke out of the facility around 2:35 a.m. Tuesday, after attacking two corrections officers in what he described as an escape that had been planned for several days, possibly weeks.

Dell was captured by sheriff’s deputies within a half-hour of the jailbreak, Clark said. But McLaughlin got a half-mile away from the facility and broke into the woman’s house while she was asleep in bed, Clark said.

He said McLaughlin had armed himself with a foot-long knife sharpening tool he took from the woman’s kitchen.

“The victim was in fear for her life and she used lethal force to protect herself,” Clark said. “The sheriff’s office has not uncovered any evidence or information in any way that would suggest anything different.”

He said McLaughlin, a convicted felon, was being held at the jail on charges of first-degree burglary and grand larceny before he escaped.

“I want to hammer home how this lady saved her life because she took a half a day out of her life and went and got training,” Clark said. “And when that training came through, she was calm and steady as somebody can be in that situation and she saved her life and stopped the bad guy.” …

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