With apologies to Deniece Williams and FOOTLOOSE, but a song is appropriate for the wife of Donnie Hermann, a Georgia mother with two little girls who came face-to-face with a convicted criminal who broke into her home the other day. WSBTV.com has the story:

The woman was working in an upstairs office when she spotted a strange man outside a window, according to Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman. He said she took her 9-year-old twins to a crawlspace before the man broke in using a crowbar.

But the man eventually found the family.

“The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he’s staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver,” Chapman told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.

The woman then shot him five times, but he survived, Chapman said. He said the woman ran out of bullets but threatened to shoot the intruder if he moved.

This woman practiced effective gun control–she hit her target with five of the six bullets she fired. So much for the bullshit argument about why no one needs a high capacity magazine. The asshole who broke into her home and put her and her children at risk survived the shooting (so far, but I’m hoping he dies). If she had a ten bullet magazine, she could have finished him off.

The culprit, Paul Slater, despite being shot multiple times managed to flee the scene but was arrested a short time later by police, when he collapsed from loss of blood. Worth noting, the loser had six prior arrests.

Gun control advocates, if allowed to have their way, would have left this woman to the mercy of Paul Slater. My only complaint with her is that she needs to load her pistol with hollow point .38s. That way, no other creep like Paul Slater will have the option of fleeing the scene. Those rounds would put an end to the criminal.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
  • Caroline_not_so_sweet

    Larry, you’re right. I seriously hope that Mrs. Hermann goes and purchases a couple of 9mm with magazines that can hold at least 10-15 rounds. Or a shotgun and a speed loader. Or better yet, both. She was extremely lucky that that POS intruder was unarmed-had Slater been carrying Glock or Sig Sauer or some other semi automatic pistol he very likely would have been able to wound or kill Mrs. Hermann as she stood over him with her empty .38, and probably her twins as well.

  • Raymond McGovern

    The answer is more guns in America. Arm everyone…! Give everyone assault rifles with big clips. We need guns in our kindergarten classrooms, in our churches, in our shopping malls, in our theatres, on our public transit systems, etc. etc. etc. It is not that we have too many guns and too easy access to guns in America, it is that we have too few guns (particularly assault rifles) and access should be easier. If there were more guns in the U.K., Canada and Japan they would even have less gun violence. Larry Johnson you are right with your important real world examples. Nothing like pointing to a few isolated examples to show the need for more guns and easy access.

  • KenoshaMarge
  • Propertius

    It’s too bad she did have a semiautomatic with a high capacity magazine – if there’d been another attacker or if she’d missed a couple of times he might have gotten to her before he was incapacitated. But then I suppose the folks who want to ban them don’t think about situations like this.

    • KenoshaMarge

      I don’t think they care about situations like this. It doesn’t fit their agenda so it is ignored. Better a nice story about some scumbag who broke in and took her gun away from her and shot her with it. Now that would be front page news, and all over the lapdog television media for a week.

      People who want to make the public helpless, and that includes the liberal media, don’t’ really care about the people who are killed, if they did they would have the decency to let the bodies of the victims cool before swarming the survivors and the families of the murdered.

      If they cared, truly cared one iota about anything except their narrative the horrible murder rate in Chicago would be news.

      Guess the murdered children in a Dem city in a Dem state with Rahm Emmanuel for a mayor don’t count. Doesn’t fit the narrative because the shooters are criminals not decent law-abiding citizens who happen to own guns. Legally I might add.

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Is anyone in the media using this case to call for stricter gun controls? After all, Slater wasn’t armed. There are those who would make the argument that Williams used undue force when facing an essentially harmless recidivist felon who was the result of a flaw in American society.
    But not me. I would make the argument for loading with Hydra-Shok rounds to save the taxpayer the cost of Slater’s hospitalization, trial and reincarceration.
    Does this sound harsh and heartless? Tough. I shot a guy coming in my condo many years ago (I lived in Florida at the time). He was armed, too, but so poluted with drugs that I got off five rounds and he never fired a shot. My only mistake was using a 9mm HiPower with inadequate rounds, so he survived. Except in cases where 9mm was the only weapon available, I’ve armed myself with either a .40 or .45 ever since, and practice regularly.
    And, gee, contrary to gun control nuts, I’ve never even shot an innocent person, let alone killed them during all those years. Imagine!

    • Fred82

      I sometimes wonder if all of the gun control madness is but a part of a Communist conspiracy or something along those long lines.

      If anyone wants to invade America, disarming the population would be a near necessity.

      Likewise, Communist subversion efforts focus heavily on destabilizing societies. This relies heavily on empowering criminals and dis-empowering law abiding citizens. Gun control certainly accomplishes this.

      Then again, maybe its all about organized criminal entities and the Chinese reaping huge benefits by flooding the black market sure to greatly expand as a result of gun control with cheap weapons and ammunition.

      • DianaLC

        It’s all because of stupidity. I’ve gone through in my mind all the conspiracy theories, etc. No one knows about the logic behind truly discovering cause and effect in a complicated situation. Everyone thinks he or she can clearly see the answer in one simple solution to an extremely complicated problem.

  • DianaLC


    I am all for this woman. Here’s my question: For those like me who are all thumbs and fear that having a gun around would only mean shooting off a foot or two or missing this jerk entirely, even when he’s standing close, I’ve always kept BIG dogs in the house instead. (I can’t even use garden hoes without practically crippling myself.)

    One time, the only time I lived out of my home state, I lived in a house on two acres. All the houses around me were on large acreages because we were in the outskirts of Indianapolis and contrary to Roger Miller’s lyrics, it DOES rain there so no one had to worry about watering those lawns. Most of the houses around me were being burglarized. The one next to me was twice, even after the owners installed an alarm system because the bad guys instead just went to the large shed and robbed all the garden equipment. But my house was left alone. The police came to check on the house after the second robbery of my neighbor. When they saw my gigantic Great Dane come to the door with me, they told me that I had the best protection against robbery.

    Not sure if that is true anymore. The reasoning was, according to the police officers, that the bad guys didn’t want to bring a gun because armed robbery carried a much harsher punishment than burglary without a gun. I know an armed robber would just shoot a dog, but if the guy comes without a weapon, is a big dog a good bet for protection?

    • elizabethrc

      Diana, as one who fell in love with Great Danes when I was in the fifth grade and having raised and shown them for over 57 years (I am down to one now, since my family say I am too old to own them), I know how daunting they appear to others.
      As you know, they’re a gentle breed and in my case, one perhaps was too gentle. My home was broken into one night and my big male sat at the top of the stairs and barked a gentle ‘woof’. The burglar took what he wanted and left. My protector wouldn’t go down stairs!
      At least the burglar didn’t come upstairs, so maybe he was a deterrent after all.
      A police detective once told me that no matter how sophisticated a home alarm system was, the crooks are smarter and they figure them out fast. Discouraging, that.

      • DianaLC

        The Dane I had at the time was very gentle, of course. But one time when the diaper service guy came to the door, I stupidly yelled at him to come on in (I’d seen him drive up from the nursery window where I was changing a diaper). When I made it out to the kitchen door in a very short time, I found him standing in the door holding it open while my Dane was holding that arm in his jaws–very gently but firmly.

        Later, that same dog firmly grabbed my uncle’s arm when he decided to pick up my son once. The dog did not know my uncle, who was visiting for the first time. I was around the corner of the house when he came into the yard and saw my little boy come running around the corner toward him.
        Never once did the dog growl or get nasty. He was just very firm about not allowing people do things he wasn’t sure were right.

        • elizabethrc

          That’s such a good example about how even tempered this breed is.
          I had 2 brothers who were toddlers when I was 16. My yard was fenced and whenever the mailman came into the yard, my dog would stand between him and the kids. His instincts told him to protect them, although he was terrified of kittens!!! Go figure.

  • FloridaFI

    Fortunately, stories very similar to this occur dozens of times every month. Our corrupt media fails to mention these stories because self-determination, self-preservation and independent thought falls outside of their idea of the perfect socialist America.

    • Eyes Wide Open

      You are right.

    • Sally Vaci

      You are right Florida except I’d go a bit further. We do not have a media at all. We have 98% govt propaganda up against a few good reporters on FNC and a few smart talkers on radio. Then we have a nation of very irresponsible, ignorant (by choice) people who live their lives in tiny bubbles, unable to connect any events or historical facts to their own lives.

  • foxyladi14

    You go Girl.Shame he didn’t DIE tho.

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    wow. I had not heard this story, gee what a surprise that fking hypocrite David Gregory and NBC didn’t cover this story!

    Glad to hear the mom and her family are doing ok and were able to defend themselves

    too bad, the criminal is going to live.

    • http://noquarterusa.net Larry Johnson

      Maybe not. He’s on life support. I’m hoping the Grim Reaper shows up to collect his worthless ass.

      • no_longer_a_democrat

        oh ok, I not heard that.

        I hate wishing bad on anyone, but this criminal is only going to try and hurt innocents again. Heck, he’s done crimes and convicted 6 times. He’ll only try and hurt innocent people again. I’m so glad the mom was able to defend herself again such vile evilness.

        No one will cry a tear if and when a convicted scumbag like this to meet his maker soon.

      • Fred82

        Same here,

        If the Earth has an overpopulation problem, then shouldn’t the scumbags be first to go?

      • elizabethrc

        I wonder how much his stay on life support will cost the taxpayers.
        I am so tired of this “playing nice” that’s known as “politically correctness”. When I was a child, if I did something wrong my father spanked me. I got the message! He didn’t try to bribe me and he didn’t try to be my friend. He was being what he was supposed to be at that moment in time. He was my father.
        It’s time all of us stopped running away from the verbally savage and largely unwarranted attacks on Conservatives by an out of control President who is now going to play tough guy and an equally out of control liberal majority in Congress. It’s time we meet their outrageous behaviour with a little of our own. This is just too important to say that this isn’t “a nice way to act and that we are bigger than that”. Not only are we not bigger, we are shrinking, in the process. It’s just time to stand up and stop making apologies for being Republicans, Conservatives and Conservative leaning Independents. We’ve seen what they’ve done to our country and people like Chris van Hollen, of the run on sentences, need to be stopped cold and told exactly how they are wrong. Instead, one after another, our “side” allows our words to be drowned out, interrupted and ridiculed.
        Sorry to get off topic, but this whole gun argument is making me a little testy.

      • KenoshaMarge

        And saves the state and all concerned the cost of prosecuting the POS.

        Won’t here much from our corrupt, dismal excuse for media because it doesn’t fit their narrative. And that’s all they are concerned with. News? Informing the public? How droll. Narrative and what they believe is all they care about.

        Journalism is an endangered species in this country. Propaganda and indoctrination just like in those lovely dictatorships we once thought a bad idea.