An Ohio woman who recently started carrying a gun for protection fended off two would-be abductors last week.
Dinah Burns, who is licensed to carry a concealed firearm, was walking her dog on a path near a Lancaster elementary school Monday when two young men approached her.
“Two gentlemen came out of the woods, one holding a baseball bat, and said ‘You’re coming with us,’” Burns told WBNS.
They men weren’t afraid of Burns’ dog, Gracie.
"I said, 'Well, what do you want?' and as I was saying that I reached in to my pocket and slipped my gun out, slipped the safety off as I pulled it out,” she said. “As I was doing that the other gentleman came toward me and raised the baseball bat. And, I pointed the gun at them and said, 'I have this and I'm not afraid to use it.'"
"I think if they'd gotten any closer, I probably would have fired,” she added.
The men fled and no suspects have been arrested.
Burns posted about the incident on Facebook to warn others that two ne'er do wells were roaming the area, but some criticized her.
"Most of the males' opinion was, 'Why didn't you shoot them?'" she told the news station.
Police say she followed her concealed-carry training.
"To get out of a situation, back out, get out of it as much as you can without having to discharge your firearm,” she said.
"I will say it's a good thing to go from a place of danger to a place of safety, however you get that done,” said Sgt. Matt Chambers, Lancaster Police.
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