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When a Gun For Protection Becomes a Liability! (True Story)

Updated on November 13, 2016
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Shyron is a retired Customer Service Rep. for Verizon. Colleges attended: Triton, Melrose Park, Illinois and Elgin, in Elgin, Illinois.

Our Neighbor and her Daughter

Polly and her mother our neighbors
Polly and her mother our neighbors | Source

Reminded of the Past

Christmas day, when my brother came to visit and we were reminiscing about when we were kids. I had not thought about the chaos of that day in years, that made my “Bad Hair Day,” seem like a walk in the park, until my brother Darrell mentioned the scar on his forehead, which surprised me because he was so small, I did not think he would remember any of that day.

Although what happened to Mom was no secret, I don’t know if my brother was ever told what happened that day.

Moving to a Safer Place

After my mom shot a prowler that had been sneaking around our house, when my dad was a soldier over seas in Army. To begin with Mom had never felt safe in that house.

Mom had moved into the house in Mount Hope because it was on a cotton farm and she had agreed to pick cotton for the owner, and now that the cotton picking season was coming to an end, she decided to move to a nearby town. I don’t remember the name of the town; we were only there for a few days.

The house was located on a dirt road, on the edge of town. As I remember it was a new house that the builder could not afford to complete so he decided to rent it to Mom.

The four rooms that were completed and livable were very nice and Mom was happy to be moving into a new house.


Polly stayed to play

Polly stayed to play for a while. This was the day of the tragedy.
Polly stayed to play for a while. This was the day of the tragedy. | Source

The Blood Curddling Scream

The weeds were high all around the house and Mom wanted to cut them before tackling the unpacking, I don’t know where the weed sling (a double edged blade on a handle connected on each end of the blade) came from, but it was there and Mom started to cut the weeds.

I was holding my baby brother and watching Mom at work on the Weeds.

The weed sling was a new tool to Mom, but she soon got the hang or maybe I should say the sling of it and was too busy to see my brother, a toddler, had crawled down the steps and was toddling up behind her.

As Mom swung the weed sling back my brother let out a blood curdling scream, Mom dropped the weed sling and cradled my brother in her arms and yelled for me to run to the nearest house and ask them for help, as we did not have a phone or a car.

I have no memory of how my brother got stitched or patched up, but he had a cut on his forehead that left him with a scar he still has today. I surmise that our new neighbors took Mom and my brother to a doctor they knew and their daughter Polly babysat me and my baby brother.

After my brother Darrell was taken care of and my six month old baby brother Tony were put to bed for a nap, my new friend, Polly our neighbor's daughter, stayed to play for a while.

I was about five or six years old and Polly was about six years older.


The Stalker

When my aunt and three cousins arrived, to help Mom unpack and get us settled into our new home. My new friend, Polly went home.

My aunt had divorced her husband (W.C.) a few years previously and had been stalked by him from that time. Being a coward he never stalked her when she was at my grandparents’ house, but, somehow he knew she was at our house and, he followed her there, and just opened the door and walked in.

He wanted my Aunt to leave with him. When she refused, he started hitting my cousin, his son with his fist. He told my Aunt she could stop the beating if she would leave with him.


Pampa and Mammaw

Mammaw and Pampa
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The stalker did not think Mom would pull the trigger

Mom’s shotgun was leaning against the window sill. Mom picked up the shotgun and aimed it at the stalker, (my aunt’s ex-husband) and she told him “you are not going to beat that boy anymore.” Arrogantly he pulls his shirt open and said “go ahead if you got the guts.” William C. didn’t think Mom could or would pull the trigger.

What happened next was like being in a very bad dream. It was over in an instant. Mom held the 12 gage, double barrel shotgun to her shoulder and squeezed both triggers at the same time, and all that could be heard was a click.

With two strides he was across the room and grabbed the barrel and he swung the gun like a baseball bat hitting Mom across the face. Blood was gushing from her nose and my aunt’s screams awakened my brothers and they began to scream.

I only knew I had to get help for my Mom, so I picked-up my baby brother and took the toddler by the hand and again went to the neighbor’s house. When they saw the blood splattered on me, they called the police then went to help Mom. I thought that she was dead.

An ambulance came and took Mom to the hospital. Then somehow the neighbors had gotten in touch with my grandparents and they came and got us. When we got to the hospital, I wanted to see Mom and was not allowed because I was a child. I thought Mom was going to die.

We then went back to the house and my grandparents put our unpacked clothing into the car and we headed for their house.

The Accident

Pampa was not the best driver and I don’t know if he was sleepy or what but he ran off the road and scraped the side of the car against a tree. I vaguely remember hitting my nose against the back of the seat and it was bleeding. My baby brother who was asleep in my lap, but did not even wake up. Mamma was holding toddler brother in the front seat and, he was also asleep.

Pampa got the car back on the road and we made it to their house, and there on the porch were my three cousins. They said their mom left them there and went with their father so he would not harm them.

W.C. knew that my grandfather would be at the hospital for my mom and, he could go to the farm without fear, and leave my cousins.


Retribution!

A few days after the incident, my grandparents received a letter from my aunt telling them that W.C. was attacked by some men and beaten so badly he was in the hospital and she was leaving him, it was her chance to get away from him, she was going to Chicago, she would let them know when she found a job and a place to live and would come for her children when she felt it was safe to do so.

Mom’s nose was broken; she was in the hospital for several weeks, and when she was released she moved to South Bend, Indiana, leaving me and my brothers with our grandparents. She said she would come for us when she found a job and a place to live.

My grandparents, now had six grandchildren to care for, but at least they had some help in running the farm.


What happened to the Shotgun?

It would have been a totally different outcome had the shotgun not been leaning against the window sill of the open window when it was raining earlier in the day and the shells got wet, causing it to misfire.

I don’t think Mom ever found out what happened to the shotgun. Did W.C. take it? Did the Police take it? Was it left in the house?

What happened to W.C.? When he got out of the hospital, we heard from some of his relatives that he was driving drunk and went off a bridge that did not have sides, he did not survive the crash.


© 2013 Shyron E Shenko

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

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      Shyron E Shenko 13 months ago from Texas

      Mike, thank you for taking the time to read my mom's story.

      I really appreciate you!

      Blessings always.

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Shyron. This is a story filled with tension and tears. Thanks for pointing the way.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and sharing. I know that it could have gone worse, but I think he thought mom was dead, I know I did.

      I think I would worry more about the people (if I were a thief) who do not boast about having a gun. And the people who do boast about having guns are advertising the availability of guns for thieves who are looking for guns to steal, in order to perpetrate crimes where the guns could not be traced back to them.

      Back to my mom, the gun she had was because of she was alone with just her three kids and it was to protect us from wild animals of the four legged kind. She needed a hand gun for the two legged kind.

      Blessings to you also, my dear friend. Take Care also.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      As you can see from this story, things don't always go the way you think they will just because you have a gun. Imagine if instead of hitting her with it he had decided to kill her or everyone as is so common nowadays.

      I think one of the mistakes so many people make is in telling everyone they have a gun or guns, and even where they are. Word gets around and next thing the people you're trying to protect yourself from know how many guns you have and where to find them.

      Now that it's legal to openly carry a gun, not only in Texas but some other states as well, I guess we'll find out if turning the U.S. back into the Wild West will make things safer and better. I wonder if the incidence of campus rape will go down with students all carrying guns . . .

      Sharing again, and now would seem to be a good time to be thinking about this issue what with the recent mass murder in NC.

      Hope you are staying out of the awful heat and humidity, doing your outside work very early in the morning if you can't ignore it, and feeling well so that you can enjoy retirement a little bit. I know you're working every bit as hard as you did before retirement. Don't try to do it all in one early morning and when it gets so awful hot, usually by 9 AM, leave something for tomorrow.

      Got everything done las' night that I intended to, except I forgot to cut my hair. Oh well . . . Blessings to you and John, and stay cool. A hundred years from now no one will remember if your yard was tended just right. Even a year from now it will probably be forgotten, so take it easy. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for coming back to read, share and comment on this.

      I am glad you finally got the share button to work. I know they moved and I could not find it for a while.

      Blessings and Hugs my dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Deergha, thank you for the comments, up-votes and for sharing.

      Blessings and Hugs to you my friend

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Dear Shyron,

      A tragic but practically useful story which should be shared for the benefit of others to be much careful indeed. Thanks for the share. Votes up and shared across.

      Hope you enjoying a nice weekend

      Take care and stay blessed my friend

      Deergha

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this excellent story again.

      Hope all's well there. and you haven't been flooded out. Take care . . Blessings and hugs . . . Hope you're having a good sabbath.

      Had a hard time getting the share button to work. Thought it wasn't going to, but it finally did.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments and sharing. I know the gun lovers are piling up their guns, ready to go on a rampage when Hillary is elected. I don't think President Obama will take my gun(s), I don't have an assault rifle.

      Hope all is well with you. Maybe I will call you tonight, it takes forever here.

      Don't know what time I will be home.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Well, gun lovers have cleaned the gun shops out several times now in preparation for when Mr. Obama sends government agents to collect everyone's fire arms. Wish I could think of a product that I could sell like hot cakes just by saying Obama is gonna come and take them all so you better stock up now.

      But, as this story shows, things don't always turn out in reality the way we might imagine them in our minds when a gun is introduced to a bad situation. I'm not against people owning guns for their protection, but I know that sometimes they don't end up doing that. Carelessness prevails more often than not and little children die. Almost grown children die. So often things no one ever imagined happen instead of what was intended . . .

      Sharing again.

      Hope you and John are well. I worry about John. I hope they approve his medication soon. May God speed them up . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, my dear friend thank you for the comment, share, pin and up votes.

      I think about how everything could have gone horribly wrong, but it was bad enough.

      I hope you are well and doing alright.

      Blessings.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this again. A great story. Luckily everything worked out well here, but it might not have . . .

      Shared on HP, and pinned to AH. Voted awesome.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Peg for your comment and compliment. Who knows what would have happened, had she shot him, when her purpose was to protect my cousin from a beating.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      What a fascinating story, Shyron. Life might have been quite different for your family if things had gone differently. Your Mom was very brave and very lucky - that may sound wrong - but had she accomplished her intended purpose, her life would never have been the same. This would make a great movie.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Carter06, thank you so much for you comment, UIA thumbs up and sharing. I am glad that the gun did not go off. You are right my grandparents were the best.

      Blessings to you and yours.

      Shyron

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      Mary 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Just caught this on my feed and glad I did..it's a pretty amazing story, thank God the gun didn't go off and your mum didn't suffer arrest, charges and possible prison for that scum bag..you sure have great grandparents that came to the rescue..Def UI & Awesome..will share..Cheers

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the FB post, your comment and sharing again on HP.

      We did not go out at all yesterday in the 105° F heat, it was dry so it did not feel that hot, making it more likely to become dehydrated. I hope you air conditioning was working better with the low humidity.

      Have a wonderful week, and I will talk with you soon.

      Blessings my dear friend

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Coming back to post this on FB and share it again on HP. Hope you had a good day and stayed in out of the heat yesterday. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, I am sorry your week is starting out all wrong, I hope things improve as the day goes along.

      Thank you for the comments, votes, pin and sharing.

      If Blessings would help then I wish you a lot.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Food for thought here. Things don't always work the way we imagine they will when the chips are down. Lucky things came out as well as they did here. Voting this up, IA, sharing and pinning to AH.

      Can you believe, this is already starting out as a week from Hell. Hope things are good at your house.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you John (Jodah) for the comment, votes and for sharing, I do appreciate you.

      Mom was an amazing woman.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you again Au fait, yes a gun need to be kept in good condition and in a safe place.

      I really, really appreciate you. Thank you for the comments, votes and sharing, and thank you for you.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What an amazing true story Shyron. Even though your Mom's nose was broken it is probably fortunate that the gun didn't go off. God, karma, or fate caught up with W.C. Anyway and he got what he deserved. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I really appreciate that you've shared this event with us so that people can see there are two side to things. While it might make a person feel more secure knowing they have a gun handy, sometimes that is a false sense of security because things can change in the blink of an eye and very unexpectedly.

      Not saying a person shouldn't have a gun for protection, but I do think having one warrants some serious thought about how it will be stored and managed to prevent unforeseen and unintended consequences.

      Voted up and AUI. Pinned to AH, and sharing.

      Hope you are feeling much better and that Monday events will make some positive improvements in your situation . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, appreciate you, your comments votes and sharing.

      Can you visualize the chaos if teachers were armed? First the guns would have to be locked away from the children, so imagine if you can, the teacher telling a shooter; "wait, till I get the key to get the gun to protect us from you!"

      Or what if, there is something else locked in the same space as the gun, and the teacher forgets about the gun and hands a student the key to get the other item, and student picks up the gun and pulls the trigger?

      Not a bright idea, but then who said our Congress had bright ideas?

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      You know there are some members of Congress who want to arm the teachers in our public schools. I wonder if that cure for school shootings might be worse than the problem itself and end in more shooting and tragic accidents.

      Adding a gun to a situation escalates the situation to a higher level of danger and there is no guarantee it will be a positive addition.

      Voting this excellent story up and awesome and interesting. Sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Jaye for reading commenting and voting this up.

      You are right mom was brave, I don't think she was afraid of anything.

      When I was even younger than 'Mama and the Prowler" I watched as she hit a man with a piece of 2x4 when he was stealing diapers off the cloths line outside. Mom had a hand gun at that time also, I don't know why she did not use it.

      I never thought much about having a gun or not having one when I was little. All I know is when mom or my grandparents said "do not touch the guns" we did not touch.

      I am not afraid of guns and, I surprised my husband when we went to the range, he was going to teach me to shoot.

      But I think about it this way, 'If someone breaks into my home when I am here, he is here to do me bodily harm and I will protect myself and my husband at all costs. And my husband will do the same.

      But often the words on a tomb stone come to mind, "Here lies a man who's crown was won by blowing into an empty gun!"

      Thanks again Jaye, I really appreciate you.

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for sharing and the link to "The Great Gummy Bear Heist" one of your best, mostly because it is true.

      I appreciate you, more than you know.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Shyron - Your mom was definitely a brave woman, but I'm sorry her nose got broken by that horrid man when she stood up to him to protect your cousin and aunt. He couldn't avoid karma in the end. I think it's better that he died in an accident than if your mom had shot and killed him. Even when that happens in self-defense or defense of others and is justifiable, it's undoubtedly traumatic.

      I must agree with Au fait that having a gun can often lead to unforeseen circumstances not at all what the gun owner expected. While some people may feel safer having a gun in the home, I've never wanted one. I know of too many accidental deaths caused by "unloaded" guns--including two children (siblings) who found a gun and were playing with it as though it was a toy. The gun went off, and one of them was killed. Can you imagine the un-ending horror for that family?

      When people keep loaded guns around on the premise that a gun is no good for protection unless it is loaded, it's like having a ticking time bomb. Add things like alcohol and anger to the mix and...boom! Unintended disaster can occur in the blink of an eye.

      Voted Up and Interesting,

      Jaye

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Adding a link to The Great Gummy Bear Heist. Will also share.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Au fait for your comments and up votes and sharing.

      I appreciate you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Anil and Honey, for your comments, compliments. The story is real and the photos are mine, taken that day. I am glad you enjoyed my story.

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      Anil 3 years ago from Kerala

      Nice story, It gave some pleasant moments, thanks, photos are more attractive and more suitable.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      With the holidays upon us and some families having trouble getting along, I hope they will think hard before introducing a gun or other weapon into any arguments or disagreements that may occur over Christmas dinner or other celebratory events.

      Voting this up and awesome again, and sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you yankeeintexas, you are right and mama would have shot the man who was beating my cousin, if the gun had fired the man would be dead.

      She did shoot the man who intended to break in on us. In Mama and the Prowler, I tell that true story.

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      yankeeintexas 3 years ago from Lubbock, Texas

      I was taught by a police officer that if you pull a gun on an intruder in your home be ready to use it! I can imagine the fear your mom was going through. Only once did I have to pull a gun a person and that was because they were just shooting at random targets. When they turned the gun towards me my gun went up and I prayed that they would get the message ( thank the Lord they did). Thank you for sharing your story!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Leslie (lesliebyers) for your comment and for reading my storyfor the up votes and sharing.

      You are truely appreciated.

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      Buster Johnson 3 years ago from Alabama

      I enjoyed reading this hub. What a tragic day. Thank you for sharing your story. I voted up and interesting.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Barbara Kay, for you comment and your suggestion. But,if my Mom had not had the gun, I doubt that my cousin could have taken more of the beating. At that time I don't think the wasp spray was out at that time.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, most of all for your loyalty, and for the comments, up-votes and sharing.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      Such a sad story! I've read on Facebook that rather than having a gun, you should have a can of wasp spray. It will spray 20 feet and cause the robber to be unable to see. Then call the police immediately.

      I wonder though if the wasp spray causes permanent damage. It still sounds safer than having a gun in the house.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this again so that hopefully people will read and realize that sometimes having a gun readily available isn't an advantage. Used and handled wisely a gun can save a life, but if not managed actively, it can end up in the hands of the wrong person. Voted BAUI along with sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for you return visit and your comments.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this again because it exemplifies how things can go awry when a gun is involved. You can't always count on seeing it from your preferred angle.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Clyde for pointing out the typo.

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      Clyde 3 years ago

      You may want to go back and spell "protection" correctly in the title.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Jen, thank you for your comment. While what you say may be true, I would rather be holding the gun than looking down its barrel.

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      Jen 3 years ago

      I don't like guns. It seems like it's so easy for things to go wrong when there is a gun involved.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for your comment and the sharing and pinning.

      moonlake, thank you for your comment and up-vote.

      I really appreciate both of you.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Great story. Your mother did what she thought was best to protect your cousin and protect all of you. That kind of man would have maybe killed the whole family. She accomplished what she set out to do she stopped him from going after his son. If the gun had gone off his sorry self would have never went after another person. Voted up.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Even though this is not intended to be political, it does address the issue that is such a hot topic in some sectors. I'm pinning this to my board on Politics. Also going to share it with my followers.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Suzanne for reading and your comments.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Wow! What a series of unfortunate events! My father always said that if you kept a gun or baseball bat or whatever around for self defense you'd probably be more likely to end up attacked with it. Your story is an excellent example of that. Voted up and interesting! :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for your read and your comment.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      An excellent hub to show how things don't always go smoothly when a gun is introduced into an already bad situation.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      You are right Au fait, everything could have gone very different.

      Thank you for your comment.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I don't think this issue has been resolved yet in our Congress. This is a good story to show that things don't always go they way one expects, and this one could have gone a lot worse.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Au fait, for your comment. Yes it could have turned out differently.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Here is another situation that could have turned out very differently. Funny how people always think something will protect them and then things happen very differently from anything they could have imagined.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for your comments. This is one memory that would be hard to forget.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Even though this is not exactly a happy story, I do think it has an important message. Things don't always go the way we think they will when we introduce a gun to a situation. Enjoy your stories about your past Shyron. Hope to read more.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for your comment Au fait. She got W.C. to stop beating his son.

      I wonder sometimes what would have happened it the gun had fired.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I think this hub shows how things may not always go the way you think they will when a gun is introduced to the situation. Looking forward to your next story!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for your comments. You are right, you never know what the outcome might be with weapons on the scene.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I really think this is such a good example of how things can go awry when a gun is introduced into the mix. Lucky no one was killed. Yes, your mother managed to get W.C.'s mind off 'the boy,' but she had to go along with W.C. to do that. It wasn't the gun that did it, it was her giving in to W.C. that did it. With all this talk about everyone having an arsenal in their home and in every classroom, I think it bears thinking about just what the end result might be -- a not so pleasant surprise.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Sherry for you comments. I should have written this one first, before "Mama and the Prowler," but did not think to much about this until I was talking with my brother and, I don't know how the subject came up. When I wrote about Mom shooting the prowler, it was the result of a conversation with a cousin who remembered that incident.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you sgbrown, for your comments. I do believe that God's hand was in what happened to W.C.

      I really appreciate your reading my hub!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for your comments and for sharing.

      I know that had the gun fired, it would have been a different situation. Maybe he thought it was not loaded is the reason he did not try to fire it. I don't know.

      Yes we were all fortunate that it did not fire, and what Mom did do was stop the beating of my cousin.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for your comments and for sharing.

      I know that had the gun fired, it would have been a different situation. Maybe he thought it was not loaded is the reason he did not try to fire it. I don't know.

      Yes we were all fortunate that it did not fire, and what Mom did do was stop the beating of my cousin.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Love the photos in this hub, and I think it has a good theme. Sometimes what you think will be an advantage turns into just the opposite.

      Going to share this story again because it's a true story, not made up, and I think it provides some food for thought. Your mother had already shot a prowler, so it's not like she was afraid of her gun. Things simply went awry as they can so easily do at times. So lucky the gun wouldn't fire at that point for anybody, not just your mother, but what if W.C. could have made it fire? Lots to think about from this situation.

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Your mom already shot a prowler before any of this other stuff happened? That sounds like a story in itself.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a great hub. I really enjoyed reading your story. It is a shame that things like this have to happen. I belive there is a reason that gun didn't go off, other than it was wet. Who knows what may have happened if that gun had not been there at all. Your mom still saved that boy from serious injury. It sounds like someone "upstairs" took care of W.C. Really good hub, voting up and more! :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Au fait for your comment and sharing. You are very much appreciated.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is a great hub and a good example of what can happen when a gun is introduced to a situation where there wasn't already a gun present. Sometimes things don't go the way you think they will!

      Voted up, BAUI, and will share!

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