I noticed how the mother took her children and hid, yet he still found them. And just like a mother in nature fights to protect her brood, so does a human mother. She was protecting her children. She didn't just start shooting on sight, as he broke in, though she would have been justifted, she took measures to flee, but they failed. Cornered she used what she had to protect her children and herself.
The warning that has to be issued along with the story is that even though it worked for her, guns aren't for everyone. Some people will not be able to pull the trigger, or will hesitate, or will panic. But for someone comfortable with them, and properly trained, this shows how a properly used gun can save lives of innocent people.
But I don't think this story should change the discussion - and the changes that need to happen - about gun control in this country. Not gun bans, not drastic methods of disarming the citizenry, but better control and regulation and stiffer penalties for law breakers. And add into that, a plan to educate future generations on better, safer gun use. Just as opinions and habits changed in other deadly habits, we can work to lessen the deadly outcomes of guns handled badly by future generations. It's not an easy fix, it's hard, but you can't ignore the problem. But you can't go too far in the other direction and make it so restricted that a mother properly trained in the use of fireams can't protect her children should the need arise.
edited to say hi to the newbie...