U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Dallas mom shoots man who took her car with kids inside,” Fox 4 News Dallas-Fort Worth reported Thursday. “Michelle Booker-Hicks … saw a man get into the car with her 2 and 4-year-old sons in the back seat. She jumped back in too, grabbed a gun from her glove box and shot the man in the face to get him to stop.”
Narration for the video accompanying the report says Booker-Hicks saw what was happening ”just minutes after a trip inside a Shell station” and notes “the car was left running.” It’s not unfair at this point to question decision-making that leaves children that young in such a situation, especially with an accessible gun (and lest anyone argue they were in car seats, mine never saw one he couldn’t squirm out of at that age).
As for the gun, this is yet another case where “gun control” laws actually increased the danger because in order to be compliant Booker-Hicks could not keep the gun on her person:
“She doesn’t have a license to carry. However, police say Texas state law allows people to carry guns inside their car even without a license.”
That said, she stopped a bad actor that was doing something he shouldn’t have been doing and endangering her children in the process. If the story went down as related in multiple accounts, the perp has only himself to blame for its outcome, and the latest word is Booker-Hicks probably won’t be prosecuted.
So why, despite marked parallels in circumstances, is Siwatu-Salama Ra in prison? The Michigan woman had a concealed carry permit. She removed her unloaded handgun from her glove box and merely “brandished” it at a neighbor who was crashing her car into Ra’s while Ra’s daughter was playing inside it.
Barring heretofore unreported evidence, if the story went down as stated, Ra’s conviction and imprisonment make no sense. Even other-side-of-the-story counterclaims appear more one person's word against the other's, as opposed to beyond a reasonable doubt. While differences in state laws, decisions to charge and prosecute, and jury variables can be cited, the “supreme Law of the Land” exists “to secure the Blessings of Liberty” for all – at least that’s the theory.
There’s a similar third case, one in which the shooter was a Chicago fire official identified for some reason only as “the lieutenant.” He’d left his Jeep running and a 17-year-old got behind the wheel and tried to steal it:
“He drew his gun and fired through the open driver’s side window, hitting the teen in the chest … He did not have a gun on him.”
“The lieutenant,” a concealed carry permit holder, “was not charged and he was not disciplined by the department.” Everyone up to the state attorney evidently thinks it was a good shoot and met use of force justification requirements, and a report at the time of the shooting says the young thief “tried to run him over after stealing his car.”
There’s one other consideration from the story that needs to be examined more closely, and that’s the statement from the “concealed carry instructor who … said he would let an armed carjacker take his car:
“You want my car? You can have it and I’ll hand over a (credit) card for gas, too,” he said. “I’m not going to defend a car with a gun, that’s what insurance is for. I’ll get a better one.”
Assuming this was reported accurately, that could end up being horrible advice. There is no “one size fits all” solution and we can find plenty of cases where victims have complied and been murdered anyway. Besides, if someone pulls a weapon on you, he’s not threatening your property he’s threatening your life. To those who advise “Just give them what they want,” it’s reasonable to ask “What if what they want is you?”
And again, unless there’s something about the Ra case that hasn’t been reported, it’s fair to wonder why she has been dealt with so differently.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.