From the February 2012 issue of GunNews

(Guns Save Life) – At the January meeting, GSL President John Boch brought up the story from New Year’s Eve of Sarah McKinley from Blanchard, OK.  This 18-year-old mother lost her husband to cancer on Christmas Day 2011 and less than a week later, two opportunistic, armed thugs try to break into her home, probably to rape her.   She barricaded her front door with her couch, then got her shotgun, her baby and her phone and retreated to the back of the residence.

For twenty-one minutes she waited for police to arrive as the two men tried to force their way in through both doors.  Bad guy #1 was on the verge of breaching the front door when the 911 operator told Sarah not to shoot unless the intruder made it inside the house.  The bad man got in far enough to begin climbing over the couch when young Sarah McKinley perforated him with her boom-stick.  Amorous bad guy #2 suddenly sobered up and decided he had to be somewhere else and later turned himself in.

Boch spoke with the Blanchard police and they have nothing but praise for how McKinley handled the unfortunate situation.  “It doesn’t get much more righteous than this one,” a detective told Boch.

McKinley’s primary home defense gun, the shotgun, was taken for evidence.  “We’ll probably have it for at least a couple of months,” the detective said.

Mr. Boch and some friends decided to make a difference and make sure Sarah McKinley has a replacement home-defense shotgun.  Antonio Luna, a part-time adjunct staff instructor with Fortress Defense Consultants, made some contacts and lined up a gun.  The Blanchard police chief referred Mr. Boch to a trusted, nearby gun dealer, Nathan Morrison of KAIROS Services, LLC., and offered to send a squad to give Sarah a ride to pick up the shotgun once it arrived.

Everyone at Blanchard PD, from the chief down to the front desk clerk, expressed profound and sincere appreciation for any help we or others could provide.  “Anything you can do to help with be very much appreciated as that young woman is having a very difficult time right now,” the desk clerk told Mr. Boch.

Mr. Luna secured most of the money needed for a bare-bones Remington 870.  A day later, at the Tuesday evening GSL meeting, Mr. Boch asked GSL members to help come up with a $100 to $150 in order to trick out the shotgun with a side-saddle, sling and to take care of any incidental costs.  After Boch started a hat around with $10, a few minutes later, GSL members came through with not one, but two hats, stuffed with $487.

Sarah McKinley’s gun arrived on Martin Luther King’s birthday.  It’s a tricked-out Remington 870 Express 12ga with a Hogue fore-end and 13” youth stock, a Mesa Tactical 8 round side saddle, Trijicon ghost-ring tritium sights, an Advanced Technologies mag clamp swivel mount and a Vickers Tactical Blue Force two-point sling.  Also included are a few boxes of Federal Personal Defense 00 buck, which the gun loves.

The gun was test fired before shipping.  Ryan Stoy, of ZX Gun in Goshen, IN told Boch, ”I test fired the gun this afternoon. It’s a good gun. I built it up myself and it’s what I would want someone I care about to have.”

We (Boch, Luna, etc.) are weighing options for either giving McKinley a check for the remaining cash, or making arrangements to (legally) get her a personal defense caliber revolver.

There is a trust account set up to help Sarah McKinley.  If you missed the meeting and would like to contribute to help this girl have a better year in the Year 2012, here is the contact information.

Sarah McKinley Trust Fund
Chickasa Bank & Trust
405 485-2300
Ask for Leah.

>>Thanks to everyone who helped!<<


The original story from KFOR:

BLANCHARD, Okla. (KFOR) An 18 year old Blanchard woman says she was forced to shoot and kill a man who was breaking into her home Saturday afternoon. Sarah Dawn McKinley was home alone with her three month old son at the time.

She says she heard a knock on her door and looked through the peephole to see two men, one of whom she’d met a couple times before.

“I saw that it was the same man. He had been here Thursday night and I had a bad feeling then,” said McKinley.

McKinley says she moved her couch in front of the door, grabbed her son and her shotgun, called 911 and went in a back room.

She says for an agonizing 21 minutes, she listened to the men try to break in.

“He was from door to door trying to bust in, just going from door to door,” said McKinley. “I waited till he got in the door. They said I couldn’t shoot him until he was inside the house. So I waited until he got in the door and then I shot him.”

McKinley says Justin Shane Martin was carrying a 12 inch hunting knife.

Blanchard police believe McKinley acted in self defense when she shot and killed 24 year old Martin.




Sarah got her gun!

Sarah McKinley picks up her new shotgun at KAIROS Arms.

Guns Save Life helps Sarah McKinley get a new gun


Champaign, IL (WCIA (WITH VIDEO) The Champaign County Rifle Association said it wanted to help a teenage mother who was put in a difficult position.  An Oklahoma mother shot and killed a man who broke into her home on New Years Eve.

Police took 18-year-old Sarah McKinley’s shotgun as evidence.  Guns Save Life President, John Boch, said he and other members in Champaign County, were moved by her story and didn’t want her to be without a defense.  The group raised about $500 and bought her a new shotgun.

“I’ve seen pictures of her picking up the shotgun she looked pretty happy and so I’m happy about that,” explained Boch.  “She had a terrible end of the year and anything we can do to make her life a little bit better we’re happy to do that.  It’s part of being a good citizen.”


3 thoughts on “MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Helping Sarah McKinley”
  1. Uh…

    The story was originally that these two men had been sent over by the landlord and thought the trailer was empty. That was according to the landlord himself.

    She had stopped paying rent and had supposedly already moved out. Instead she barricaded the inside, hid, and then blasted the poor guy when he forced entry upon the owners orders into what he thought and had been told was an empty house.

    I’m not sure where you got the rapist angle from. There are a great deal of questions still to be answered about this case.

    You don’t get to stop paying rent, lie and say you moved out and then blast whoever enters after that point. The men supposedly did not know she was there at all.

    As for the knife he was carrying…nice piece of sensationalism. It reads just like when the media describes a 10/22 as a “black high powered rifle.” Ooh, 12 inches of knife? Who needs a 12 inch knife? There oughta be a law.

    I’m carrying a knife right now. So what? Does that mean if someone shot me without cause they could point to it and go KNIIIIIIFEEEE!?

  2. And even though we’re freely speculating on what the dead employee was intending to do when he “broke into” his boss’ supposedly empty trailer…

    I won’t speculate on what those 3 very noticeable facial sores she’s sporting mean. I won’t mention at all what a person would generally assume of an 18 year old woman married to a 51 year old man who lives in a trailer and has multiple sores on her face.

    Methinks (get it?) people already know what they mean anyway.

  3. You mean those pimples? She’s 18-years-old and just had a healthy baby.

    They were breaking in to steal the deceased husband’s oxycontins.

    An armed man with a knife is just as deadly inside 21′, if not moreso, than a man armed with a gun. It doesn’t matter if it was a 12′ Bowie knife or a box cutter, Sarah did well.

    I called and spoke with a couple of detectives and the chief. Their words were, and I quote, “It doesn’t get much more righteous than this one.”


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