We've just witnessed a terrible incident in Oklahoma that's going to entertain some debate from both sides in the current gun legal battles.  Casper is certainly getting its fair share of the action, so this story might present additional perspective.

Sarah McKinley, a young, recently-widowed mom from Oklahoma unintentionally reignited the debate when she shot a man to death that was trying to break into her home; a home that she shared alone with her 3-month old infant.  To add a little more unusual, Sarah sought advice from 911 emergency services...and got some.

We get the story from ABC News.  Read all of the details.  Looking at some of the comments received, the opinions are certainly mixed.  There is widespread belief that Sarah was very much justified, and that the perpetrator(s) deserved it...and then some, in a few instances.  People are sick and tired of being stolen from, taken advantage of, and living  in fear.  I get that.  Then there are those who question the severity of the events, and whether or not this tragic death actually had to happen.  Well, I get that too.

State laws (Castle Doctrine) and the Police Department are both behind Sarah in saying the shooting was justified.  No charges have been filed.

"I wouldn't have done it, but it was my son," McKinley told ABC News Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO. "It's not an easy decision to make, but it was either going to be him or my son. And it wasn't going to be my son. There's nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child."

Hopefully somehow with the new scars that these families will bear, some sort of good will come from it.  I hope that stories such as these become true deterrents that prevent any more from happening.  It's a shame, and a waste.  It also bugs me to no end that as smart as we think we are, humanity can not seem to rise above this stuff.  Respect used to mean something, and it was something everybody had.  It was earned.  It was good.  Why don't more people truly want it?

Again, check out the story and make your own judgements.  It's very compelling no matter which side you're on.