Iowa gun-toting mother stops duo from kidnapping her son

Jan 16, 2023 | Defensive Gun Use

Some news stories point out this mother used a gun to scare off the kidnappers, but others just say she scared away these two attackers without explaining how this mother was able to scare away a man and a woman.

Fox station KDSM in Des Moines, Iowa reported that two people, later identified as Michael Ernest Ross, 43, and Laurie Lynn Potter, 57, repeatedly walked in front of the Hubbell Tower Apartments door on Jan. 5.


Apartment manager Shay Lindberg, whose son was at her side, eventually opened the door to ask Ross and Potter if there was a problem. Then, one of the two attempted to snatch the child, but Lindberg was armed.


Sergeant Paul Parizek of the Des Moines Police Department told KDSM that this was an example of someone possessing a gun legally and doing something well with the gun.


“It certainly looks like the big turning point here, the pivotal piece to keeping her child safe was the fact that she was lawfully-armed with a handgun, and she produced it and told them ‘let go of my kid,’” Parizek said.

Greg Wehner, “Iowa gun-toting mother stops duo from kidnapping her son,” Fox News, January 15, 2023.


Amazingly, multiple other news stories completely leave out the fact that the mother had a gun and simply say “The mother was able to fight them off and scare them away” Another news story that also left out that she scared away these criminals was on Iowa’’s big WHO.




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