British media appreciates a good self-defense story

The DailyMail online, British tabloid notorious for gaudy headlines, non-stories, “eye catching” photographs, and contradictory content, now and then surprises us with a delightfully conservative point of view. Despite the Mail’s tendency to give the benefit of the doubt (every celebrity is “stunning” and obese people show off their “curves”), refreshingly blunt observances will occasionally surface.

Texas GOP governor hopeful under fire for embracing ‘blood brother’ Ted Nugent, who called Obama a ‘communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel’,” read one headline today.

Another gem: “Muslim leaders issue a fatwa against anyone living on MARS as there is ‘no righteous reason’ to be there” (uhmm..?).

What makes the DM most charming though, is their obsession with American politics and culture. It really seems like you’re reading the New York Post with a smattering of British-isms for a continental flavor. Today was no different. Early this a.m. headlining the “front page” of the Mail was this story: “Surveillance camera captures the moment mother opens fire on home invaders with assault rifle

That article goes on to describe how “a mother-of-two opened fire with an assault rifle on intruders who tried to smash their way into her home.

“The woman took action after three hooded individuals kicked down the door of her Detroit home on Monday night where she lives with her two young children.

“She fired off rounds in a bid to deter the would-be burglars, later saying she ‘didn’t have time to get scared’.”

According to the story, “The unnamed mother toldĀ WXYZ Detroit: ‘I let them know I had a gun once they were in the house and they challenged me and said “no you don’t have a gun” so that’s when I shot off the first round.”

As the intruders fled the home while shots rang out, one dropped a handgun. He grabbed it and tried to get back into the house but was scared off by more shots.

All three suspects are seen running through thick snow from the house. No one was hurt in the incident.

Police arrested three teenage suspects a short time later.

The Mail went on to mention that, “in June last year it was reported that a 10-year-old Brooklyn boy fought off two intruders at his home by picking up a gun and firing a shot after one of the invaders dropped their weapon.”

All this, coming from a publication whose home country has some of the strictest gun laws. Polite clapping to the DailyMail for reporting a story in a factual, straight-forward manner that proves a point without preaching.