I first heard the Rifle on the Wall story via radio advertisement. Her story is compelling and provokes a common sense outrage. But her account of the attack and her response jumped out at me as very suspicious. Now I’ll gladly take my lumps for being a cynical jerk if I’m wrong (probably), but here are the things that set my alarm bells off:
1) She kept a loaded gun on the wall. Serious violation of gun safety rules (NRA Rule #3). But since her reason for owning a gun is her personal safety, I’ll accept it that she wanted a loaded weapon to be easily accessible in case of attack.
2) Then when she was attacked, she didn’t shoot her attacker. She had the presence of mind to grab the phone, call 911, and keep the attacker at bay.
3) She was very fortunate the attacker didn’t grab the gun that was on the wall and in turn use it on her.
WCAX, in its reporting on the gun control debate (http://www.wcax.com/story/24550288/gun-control-debated-in-burlington), identified the woman as Amy Alexander. But her story also sounds quite similar to the one told by Amy Lorraine in the comments section of a VT Digger story (http://vtdigger.org/2013/10/28/gun-sense-vermont-sponsors-educational-forum/):
I am not fearful Don, I am prepared. On the night of 11/17/11, a man broke in the back door of my house. I called 911 and put it on speaker phone. Despite knowing he was able to be heard by the 911 operator, he punched me in the face and grabbed/shoved me into the wall – the wall where my .44 was hanging. I grabbed the gun, chambered a round and pointed it at his chest. I walked him out the door. The cops arrived 52 minutes later and said I would have been justified in shooting him. I didn’t have to but he knew I could have and that is what made all the difference in the outcome. That rifle, and the fact that it was loaded, saved my life that night.
We have two versions of the event. In Amy Alexander’s version, the man attacked her, then went into another room. She then grabbed the loaded gun off the wall, walked him back into the kitchen, called 911, and then waited 52 minutes for the police to arrive. In Amy Lorraine’s version, she called 911, then was attacked and shoved into the wall where her gun was. She then chambered a round and held the man at bay until the police arrived 52 minutes later.
Interestingly, Amy Alexander also shows up to comment on the same VT Digger article in which Amy Lorraine shared her story. So did the attack happen to Amy Alexander? Or Amy Lorraine? Or are they the same person?
This story could be authenticated very easily if Amy Alexander/Lorraine provided the location of the attack. We already know it was November 17, 2011, so if we know the location, then we can ask for the police report or police log. If authenticated, I’ll gladly apologize for questioning the veracity of Ms. Alexander/Lorraine’s account.