I have always an will always state my belief that the shotgun is a poor choice for home defense. Too much scatter, and if the intruder is wearing thick enough clothes, the bbs might not even penetrate. And, no way this lady was going to handle a 12 gauge in a confined space with 2 kids. Dont think I dont love my shotguns, I do, I just think a handgun or semi-auto rifle is a better choice, especially with a laser site.
Hollow points are a must. I have 7 in the .45. If she had a .45 with hollow points, they would have had to shovel him up off the walls.
scumbags like this diserve to be shot. Anyone who breaches the domain of another with the intent to cause harm, steal, or otherwise should be drug out to the street and hung at the city square. That is a straight leach on society.
Another life saved by a gun. Had she been unarmed, who knows what horrors her and her children would have faced. Death would not have been the worst of it...
And speaking of the unmistakable sound of a shotgun racking a round, that holds true for all weapons. We had several drive by house shootings and a peeping tom in my community. One night, the wife and I are on the front deck watching the huge full moon and I hear a bunch of people running through the woods towards my house. So, I retrieve my .45 carbine, get into a position to see better and elevated above them, and waited for them to come out of the woods, across the road, and step onto my yard. I couldnt tell how many there were, or if they were teenagers or young adults, or even what the hell they were doing running through the woods at 12 am, but all i had to do was rack a round. It went silent, and all I heard was, "DONT SHOOT!" I then let them know that they needed to turn around and go back from where they came. They did, quickly. As they were nearly out of sight I heard a faint "F*CK YOU!" yelled from one of the cowards. That was last summer. Never had an issue since.
Most know the sound. And when you are on the other end of it, it is scary as hell.