Why a Loving Mother Needs to Carry a Firearm

A loving mother makes the news by fighting off a child abductor with her hands and teeth. Luckily she won.

This Associated Press story doesn’t mention any handguns, but I wish the mother had been carrying one. It took place in Norcross, Georgia: “Man tries to kidnap baby from car at McDonald’s, but mother fights him off, police say.”

Police say a man tried to kidnap a baby from a car in a McDonald’s parking lot, but her mother and another relative fought him off.

Police in the Atlanta suburb of Norcross say the family left McDonald’s on Wednesday morning. The mother buckled her 10-month-old daughter into a car seat in the back and walked to the front. Police say 19-year-old Sterlyn Reynolds then opened the back door and tried to pull the baby out. Police say the mom, the relative, and the man struggled — biting and hitting — until she freed the girl and went back inside McDonald’s.

The baby suffered minor injuries.

I admire this woman for fighting for her daughter against a young adult—fighting him literally tooth and nail. I’m thankful she had a relative to help her and that she managed to win this struggle.

But it could have easily ended differently.

What would have made this story much better is if the mother had been armed. Then there would have been no contest and no struggle. The baby would not have suffered any injuries. She could have held the would-be kidnapper at gunpoint and called the police.

We live in a media and political culture that tries to tell us we should be afraid of guns because they are dangerous.

[See also, “Another Family Saved Because of the Second Amendment.”]

No; what is dangerous is a society where those who are strong and fast are usually assured that they have advantage over those who are weaker and slower. Sterlyn Reynolds was thwarted by two tenacious people, but only barely and only leaving the child with injuries—albeit minor ones.

If the woman had a hand-held firearm she would have had a much greater advantage. If more people were expected to be armed someone like Reynolds would probably be much less likely to attempt abduction.

People try to deny this (when they bother to acknowledge the argument) by saying that if there were more guns it would be more likely that Reynolds would be armed. However, the risk of trying to hurt or rob a smaller, weaker person is far less than using a gun to try to hurt or rob someone else who has a gun. Even when both persons are armed, the person attempting the crime is taking a far bigger risk with greater potential consequences. He is much more likely to consider that maybe crime does not pay.

Concealed carry makes for a more effective, loving mother.