Woman Says She Shot Intruder To Save Her Sister

Stephen Gutowski
By Stephen Gutowski | February 12, 2013 | 4:19 PM EST

While it's impossible to chronicle every gun defense story in the United States on a daily basis, since there are so many, I want to continue to highlight some of the more instructive ones out there.

Just as a mother used a gun to defend her son last week, another woman used a gun to defend her sister this week. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has Debi Keeney's story (h/t Guns Save Lives) in her own words:

"'I'm very grateful that it fired this morning,' she said Sunday afternoon.

"Keeney, 55, said a man forced his way into her apartment in Highland, threw her to the floor and then put her sister, Donna Carlyle, 47, in a choke hold. He demanded money as Carlyle gasped for air.

"'All I could see was Donna's face going blue, like her life was being choked out of her,' said Keeney."

As you can clearly see from the video, this woman could not have overpowered the intruder physically. Her only real option to defend herself and her sister was to use a gun. It's a fact of life for Debi Keeney and it's a fact of life for millions of other Americans.

The truth is that Debi Keeney was lucky to have a gun at all in her home state of Illinois. Illinois gun laws are so strict that the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently deemed some of them, dealing with concealed carry, in violation of the Second Amendment.

Still, the new laws may mean fewer people like Ms. Keeney will able to defend themselves and their loved ones from violent intruders.

At least, that seems to be the fear of one of her neighbors, 69 year old Lynn Palenchar, who was quoted as saying, "You don't expect something like that to happen. I'm just glad both are OK. If he had picked my place over theirs, it would have been a lot worse."

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