When you buy a gun, one of the things the salesman will tell you to do, before anything else, is practice, practice, practice.
Marquita Turner didn’t practice after she bought her gun. Subsequently, she wound up putting a bullet in a man.
The man is expected to recover.
The man will also be going to jail.
Oh! Did we leave out some details? Just like all the major news outlets, you know we did.
Here’s the rest of the story:
Birmingham is a dangerous city. How can it not be? It falls squarely into the primary indicator for a city spiraling into self-destruction: Massive political corruption, rampant crime and violence, and an electorate which has voted a straight party local ticket for Allah-knows-how-long without paying attention to what their candidates actually wanted to do.
Marquita Turner has lived there for at least the last two years. Realizing what a hole most major cities become, she purchased a Taurus Millennium 9mm with what little extra cash she could spare.
Unfortuntely, due to massive levels of overregulation, practice ammunition and range time are expensive. So Marquita kept putting off training.
Now, five months pregnant, she has lived in her current home for the last seven months. In the last seven months, she’s been burglarized three times.
That’s right, three. Tres, troi, drei, III, ۳. 3.
Amazingly, with her total lack of training and the ever-changing hell that pregnancy puts a woman through on a daily basis, she whipped out some hella good tactics on an instinctive level.
She heard someone breaking into her home through the same security flaw used the last few times: The wall-mounted air conditioner. Knowing that Birmingham’s police response times are absolute crap and that her home would be picked clean…again…again…again…again by the time they arrived, she picked up her defensive weapon and went to investigate.
Opening her door, she saw the intruder in her hallway. She didn’t waste time turning on the lights and revealing her location to her attacker. Saying in an interview with WVTM13:
“It was immediate. Once I saw him I instantly, it was just fire 'cause it was adrenaline rush, scared, need to protect myself and my child. It was just fire at that time. It wasn't no see who it was. It was pitch black. All the lights was off. So I didn't turn any of the lights on because I know I didn't want if he came in there, he could see me, he could have harmed me before I harmed him.”
She fired, putting her assailant on the ground.
Once the attacker was down, she turned on the lights and called 9-1-1.
She went on to tell her interviewer, “You have to protect yourself. Without a doubt. Take matters into your own hands. Get some type of protection. Don't take anything for granted. You got to protect you and your child. Be strong. If it comes down to that, then that's what you have to do. Don't be scared.”
Marquita will not be charged.
And well she shouldn’t. But that’s not what the people who run her city would have said if they’d cared to even comment. But given that she was neither wealthy nor important, we couldn’t find any comments from the City Council or Mayor supporting her right to defend herself.
However, there are plenty of articles indicating that they’d much rather that this pregnant mother had allowed herself to be assaulted, raped, or murdered than use an icky, scary, gun to defend herself against her larger, stronger attacker. Google them, we’ll wait.
What would they care? They have armed security and a locked-tight voter base guaranteed to keep them in power no matter what they do. Because what are victims like Marquita going to do, vote conservative?