There she was, in her house, minding her own business, when there was a knock at the door:

KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

At around 8:40 a.m., a man knocked on Rodriguez’s front door of her home in Fresno County, California, but she wisely decided not to answer. A few moments later Rodriguez heard somebody breaking in through the backdoor and things quickly went from bad to worse when the ski mask-wearing intruder attacked Rodriguez. She said the man threw a chair at her, which she tripped over and fell, and that’s when her two-year-old daughter started screaming. The intruder saw the little girl and proceeded to walk towards her.

Rodriguez described the terrifying moment, “I was thinking, ‘please God don’t let him take my baby.’” She said she grabbed at the man, but he just threw her back to the ground and began kicking her in the ribs and face.

While she was subdued the man then grabbed the helpless chiled, put his hand around her mouth, snatched Rodriguez’s purse and then attempted to flee to his car. Though battered, Rodriguez said she knew she had to do something.

“I’m here now, I need to get her, to protect my baby,” Rodriguez recalled. “I kicked into lioness mode, protecting my cub.”

She said she stumbled to the front of her house, grabbed an unloaded shotgun that she kept in the closet, and confronted the man in her front yard as he made his dash around the house towards his car. She gave the man a very simple ultimatum: drop the child or die.

When faced with the choice, the man chose to live.  The gun was once again the great equalizer.  Were it not for our Second Amendment rights, rights people are actively trying to take away, where would that child be today?