By BRETT BARROUQUEREMaybe this Sarah Brady could tell the anti-gun Sarah Brady a thing or two about the positive usage of firearms lethal force for self-defense.
Associated Press Writer
FORT MITCHELL, Ky. — A nine-months' pregnant woman fought off and killed a knife-wielding woman who may have been trying to steal the baby, police said Friday.
Police said 26-year-old Sarah Brady acted in self-defense in killing Katherine Smith on Thursday. No charges were filed.
Smith, 22, had been falsely telling neighbors for weeks that she was pregnant, and a search of her apartment after her death revealed a full baby nursery, investigators said.
"She had everything in place that you'd expect to have in place with a newborn coming," said Steve Hensley, police chief in this Cincinnati suburb.
Brady, 26, suffered only minor cuts and is still due to give birth soon. The coroner's office confirmed Friday that Smith was not pregnant, and that she died of stab wounds.
On Tuesday, Smith called Brady, whom she didn't know, and asked her to come over and pick up a mistakenly delivered package, the police chief said. The next day, Smith called Brady again to pick up another package. The pregnant woman went to Smith's apartment Thursday, and that was when the attack occurred.
Several pregnant women have been killed in recent years by attackers who then removed their fetuses, in some cases to pass the children off as their own.
In December, a Missouri woman was strangled and her baby was cut from her womb. The baby was later found alive, and a Kansas woman was charged with kidnapping resulting in death.
In 2003, a 21-year-old woman was shot to death in Oklahoma, allegedly by another woman who pretended the 6-month-old fetus was her child. The fetus died.
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Update: Big whoops on my part! I somehow subliminally inserted the usage of a firearm in this story - apparently Sarah defended herself with a knife. Thanks to Kevin for pointing that out before I made a bigger ass of myself.
As an aside: A firearm is a much more effective way to defend yourself. What if the attacker had been a man? How much does the odds of survival decrease in that scenario? In a strength-to-strength matchup, men will usually win - and knives are a force multiplier which rely on strength and skill. Handguns, however, rely only on skill, meaning that the weak and the infirm and the pregnant women can use them just as effectively as the rapist, the mugger, and the kidnapper.
Firearms are the great human equalizer - it evens the playing field.
Assuming you have hands, that is.
And eyes too.
Those blind, handless fellows are just going to need bodyguards.
Or wicked ear-toe coordination.