Survivor of Home Invasion: ‘I Was Against Guns, and Now I Carry’

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Nearly 18 years ago, Susan Gonzalez heard a noise at her front door and began walking toward it just before the door was literally kicked off the hinges from the outside. Two masked men lunged into the house, opening fire on Gonzalez and her husband.

It happened at 12:40 a.m, and Gonzalez said, “I kind of knew I was dying, so I was making my peace with God.”

According to First Coast News, Gonzalez’s husband Mike was also shot by the invaders, yet he continued to fight with the attackers afterward.

While Mike fought, Gonzalez was able to get retrieve his pistol and she opened fire on one of the two invaders. Gonzalez said, “I just opened fire in his back.”

That particular invader made it out of the house and “died in the couple’s front yard.” The second suspect “took the keys to their truck and got away, but he was later captured.”

Gonzalez now talks about how she was anti-gun before the events of that night unfolded, saying, “A lot of people are against guns because they say guns kill.” She added, “Guns saved my life, and I was against guns, and I now carry.”

She said, “Anyone that’s a victim—you’re not expecting it. But you should be prepared.”

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