I am an advocate for women having a concealed handgun license (CHL) and actually carrying their weapon at all times where permitted. This is why...

Michelle Booker-Hicks was inside a Dallas gas station to pay for her gas, when she saw a man get in her car, according to Fox 4. She had her two-year-old and a four-year-old sons in the back seat. Motherly instincts kicked in. She ran back to the car, jumped in, grabbed her gun out of the glove compartment, and shot the man in the face.

Booker-Hicks told Fox 4:

“I proceeded to jump in my backseat and told the gentleman to stop, to get out the car. He would not get out of the car. He turned around and looked at me,” she told FOX 4. “I reached over the armrest to get my glove compartment and that’s when I fired at him once I got the gun from my glove compartment.”

The carjacker ran off the road and crashed into a fence. Luckily, her children were not injured. The man was arrested and taken to the hospital for treatment. He was later arrested wo counts of unlawful restraint and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Police identified the suspect as 36-year-old Ricky Wright. He was shot in the face just under his right eye, causing him to crash and later collapse in the middle of the street.

Although Booker-Hicks said she only meant to fire a warning shot, she now wishes she would have gone even further to protect her children.

“I’m not a killer or anything, but I do believe in defending what’s mine,” she said. “I hope that woke him up.”

Click below to see footage from the Fox 4:

 

I have been a licensed handgun carrier for about 4 or 5 years now, and I would encourage EVERY woman to get licensed and carry as well. "Carry" is the key, however. I believe your gun should always be carried ON you or WITH you... never in a car. Thank God this mother was able to get to her car and get her piece. Had she not been able to get to her gun, God only knows what would have happened.

This serves as a wake-up call to all. Be very careful when pumping gas... period, and be especially careful leaving your kids for even a split second. We've all been guilty of it.