On Sunday, May 22, 2022, a 69-year old woman defended her home from a threatening intruder. Virginia Morrison earned the monicker “Gun-Slinging Grandma,” when she fought off her 38-year old attacker.
70-year-old gunslinging Florida grandma Virginia Morrison explains why she blasted a cap into a home intruder who didn't comply with her first warning shot: https://t.co/tOFvB8bbsm
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Mrs. Morrison did everything she could to avoid shooting Ezequiel Rosario-Torres, but found herself with no other choice. Virginia and her partner, Charlie went to call the cops but they wouldn’t have been quick enough. She reports that her partner even shot at the ground next to their trespasser but the intruder was completely unfazed.
When Ezequiel saw Mrs. Morrison, he charged at her and didn’t even stop at a warning shot. She said the following in an interview you can find here.
“I said, ‘I’m getting my d— gun’ so I went to my bedroom and got my gun. I went out the back door and I came to the fence and he sees me. He starts toward me, I fired a shot above him. ‘Back off, dude, I’ll shoot you.’ He just keeps coming toward me. So I shot him.”
It’s impossible to say what would have happened if she wasn’t armed. A firearm is a necessary tool for self-defense and the equalizer that Virginia needed.
Rosario-Torres had a previous charge for grand theft and didn’t say a word during the entire encounter. Virginia said she asked who he was and what he wanted… Nothing… When he was unresponsive, she hit him in the head with a broom and told him to leave, still nothing; Charlie fired the first warning shot, still nothing; and then Rosario-Torres charged at Virginia where she fired her final warning shot in the air before hitting her target. She landed a shot square in his chest. Ezequiel died in the hospital some hours later.
Virginia has been struggling to grapple with the entire event afterwards. She said that she hopes God will forgive her and that her heart goes out to Ezequiel’s family.
“I feel bad for his family. But you just can’t walk in people’s homes. I had to do what I had to do to protect myself and Charlie. And I would do it again. If I had to, but I don’t want to do that. I hope God can forgive me for taking a man’s life.”
Self-defense is not fun, it’s not uplifting, and it’s nothing to be happy about. But it is beyond necessary. Without the great equalizers that firearms provide, a 69-year old woman like Virginia would be completely helpless against a younger, stronger man or woman. Police simply are not enough, especially when you consider long response times and other failures in law-enforcement.
According to FiveThirtyEight data, police are 2.5 times less likely to report a crime even occurred when they are 2 or more hours late to the punch. You heard that right. When police are late, they often don’t report that the crime even occurred to begin with.
Every American should be free to protect themselves and their families. Those three words echo and ring in any corner of America where freedom still lives: “shall not be infringed.”