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How MSN warps and twists the news to fit an agenda
by Neale Osborn

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Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

Note: Feedback works. Since I published a version of this on NewsVine, an on-line "news" site owned by MSN, the phrase "Trigger-happy" has beed edited OUT of the story.

I'm pissed. I read this headline today on MSN, and I thought "The poor lady must have been chasing a drunk in the wrong house, winging rounds all over the place, for THAT headline!"

Trigger-happy Atlanta mom shoots intruder in the face 5 times

So I clicked on it to find out the scoop. Here's THEIR story.

An Atlanta mom took matters into her own trigger-happy hands on Friday when confronting an intruder. The unidentified woman hid with her 9-year-old twins in a crawlspace as a man broke into her house and began rummaging through it. The alleged burglar, Paul Ali Slater, eventually found the family's hiding space, but not before finding himself staring down the barrel of a .38 revolver. The woman fired six shots, five of which hit Slater in the face and neck, but he managed to flee after the family ran to a neighbor's house. Slater is expected to survive. This story, shared thousands of times from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website, has incited some pro-gun tweeps to voice their delight; @Jennecar writes of the story, "why we need guns in our homes!" And @kjclt1 writes, "bet this Atlanta area mother of 2 is glad she had her gun."

Now, I never held the Atlanta Journal Constitution very highly in the past, so I figured MSN just cut and pasted their (the AJC) opening paragraph. But, to give the devil his due, I clicked the link and read the REAL story from the AJC.

Cops: Mother of two surprises intruder with five gunshots

By Christian Boone The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Loganville mother of two assumed the knocks on her front door Friday afternoon were from a solicitor. "Don't answer," she yelled to her 9-year-old twins playing downstairs. When the visitor began repeatedly ringing the doorbell, she called her husband at work.

"Get the kids and hide," he told his wife.

As he dialed 911, his 37-year-old spouse, who works from home, collected the children and hid with them in a crawlspace adjoining her office. By that time, the intruder had forced his way into the three-story residence on Henderson Ridge Drive with a crowbar, authorities said. He allegedly rummaged through the home, eventually working his way up to the attic office.

"He opens the closet door and finds himself staring down the barrel of a .38 revolver," said Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman, who relayed the woman's narrative to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He asked that her name be withheld.

The woman fired six bullets, five of which hit Paul Ali Slater in the face and neck area, Chapman said. But Slater was still conscious. "The guy's face down, crying," the sheriff said. The woman told him to stay down or she'd shoot again.

Slater, unaware that she had emptied her chamber, obliged as the mother and her children ran to a neighbor's house. The injured burglar eventually made it out of the home and into his car, driving away before deputies arrived on the scene. He didn't get far.

"When you got five bullets in you, it makes you kind of disoriented," Chapman told the AJC.

Deputies found Slater bleeding profusely in a neighbor's driveway.

"I'm dying. Help me," he told them, according to Chapman.

Slater was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center and is expected to survive, the sheriff said.

The Long Island native, who now lives in Gwinnett County, was released from the Gwinnett jail in late August after serving six months for simple battery and three counts of probation violation. Slater has six other arrests in Gwinnett dating back to 2008, according to jail records.

"My wife's a hero," the woman's husband, Donnie Herman, told Channel 2 Action News in a brief statement. He did not respond to a request for comment from the AJC. "She protected her kids. She did what she was supposed to do."

Chapman remarked that one of his deputies, impressed with the woman's resolve, told the sheriff she had handled her first shooting better than he had.

"That mother's instinct kicked in," Chapman said. "You go after a mother's kids and she'll find herself capable of doing things she never thought she was capable of."

A FAR FAR cry from a trigger happy woman, don't you think? She hides herself and her kids from a crowbar-wielding intruder, and when found shoots in self defense. Once the intruder is neutralized, she flees the scene and her family is safe.

I am SO damn sick and tired of deliberately slanted stories designed to make self defense with a gun the sign of a dangerous idiot. Under extreme stress, defending her two kids, she puts 5 out of 6 shots in a burglar. I say her only mistake was a shaky hand causing her to miss killing the bastard.

MSN is one of the biggest deliberate news-twisters in existence, and I hope this one backfires on them.

[ I am shocked, SHOCKED! that any member of The Media would lie right out in the open like that. SHOCKED! I say!—Editor ]

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