Kristi McMains, a woman who was attacked in a parking garage in January, is speaking openly about her decision to carry a gun. She credits her decision to carry and her skill with the gun with thwarting the attack. She is alive today, she says, because she was armed. [Scroll Down for Video]
A knife-wielding man attacked Kristi McMains in a parking garage in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 26. He’s followed her into an elevator, exited with her, and ran her down as she fled toward her car. He caught up to her before she could get in. But she fought back.
McMains was armed. She drew her gun and shot the man several times.
Writing for Fox News, McMains said:
I am a young, 5’3 attorney who probably was seen as an easy target. My attacker mistakenly perceived me as weak and stalked me into an elevator, which took me on the slowest and scariest thirteen second ride of my life.
I correctly listened to my instincts; I had a feeling that my life was in danger in that elevator and prepared myself mentally for what was potentially to come. I ran to my car in an attempt to escape and, before I could even get my entire body in my car, I was tackled by my attacker. This man quickly overpowered me, stabbed at me with a knife, clamped his hand over my mouth multiple times, and repeatedly tried forcing me in the passenger seat of my car while telling me, “We’re going.” The entire time this was happening, a rusted, serrated knife was being stabbed towards my abdomen and held at my face. I had been hit in the face, thrown over my driver’s side console, and had rips in my tights from his hands trying to force my legs up and over into the passenger seat.
McMains, like many who find themselves in similar situations, tried to fight before resorting in her last option: her gun. When she did, it was because she had no other option. “I shot my attacker multiple times, and saved my life,” she wrote.
This could have ended there. Yet McMains is determined that her experience be heard. She’s tired of the drivel pouring from the gun control groups that would deny women and men the right to armed self defense. So, in honor of “Gun Violence Awareness Day,” McMains is taking her story public.
What I want you to know on Gun [Violence] Awareness Day is that a gun in the hands of a potential victim is not improperly placed; it can be the only thing keeping her from being brutally raped and murdered. Without my gun, I would not be alive today.
Guns are not the problem in America; men like my attacker — who are willing to violently change one person’s life for no reason except for pure evil – are the problem. Be safe at all times. Be aware of your surroundings. Trust your instincts. Always be able to protect yourself. Refuse to be a victim, and instead be a fighter and a survivor. Live to tell your tale and make a criminal regret the day he chose you as a “soft target.” My gun saved my life, and one could save yours too.
This is precisely what the Gun Violence Awareness crowd misses. It isn’t gun violence that’s evil. Except for the fact that her attacker survived being shot, McMains’ actions and the Violence inflicted by McMains gun seem to me, and to many, to have been the best possible solution to the real problem–criminal violence.
For an extended conversation on this topic, check out this video that Bearing Arms has put together from their interviews at the recent NRA Convention. It is well worth the time to hear such an inspirational story of strength and defiance.