Woman who walloped gunman: 'I was concerned about my guys'
December 15th, 2010
09:58 PM ET

Woman who walloped gunman: 'I was concerned about my guys'

Ginger Littleton took about 30 seconds to decide she was going to use her hand-me-down purse to try to knock a gun out of the hands of the man threatening her colleagues on Tuesday.

In the hours afterward, she'd concede it probably wasn't the best idea. But at the time, she worried she was the only person in position to stop a slaughter at the Bay District School Board meeting in Panama City, Florida.

So Littleton - the one board member the gunman had released, because she was a woman - re-entered the room, sneaked up from behind and swung.

"I was concerned about my guys," Littleton told CNN's "American Morning" on Wednesday.

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  1. GeorgeZipppp

    One of the bravest women I've ever seen in my life.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutemi

      Bravery is when you do what needs to be done regardless of the personal danger. Doing what has no chance of succeeding despite the danger falls squarely into the category of stupidity. She could have picked up a chair. I hope she's mindful that it's only because the shooter had no intention to kill anyone but himself that day that she's not dead.

      December 21, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bambam

    Praise that womannow the man is dead

    December 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bambam

    Just kidding she saved lives that day wonderful bravery

    December 15, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anderson C.

    Ginger = Imbecile of the year.
    EPIC fail. Laughably ill-advised.

    December 16, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. sburg

    a true patriot right terrorist not each other.

    December 16, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. sburg

    a true patriot fight terrorist not each other. guy deserved what he got

    December 16, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. The churchlady

    Women carry many things in the purse. The purse was of full of prayer cards to disabled his evil arm and aim. Her holy anger beared much fruit. Thank God for his grace and protection! Bad people beware of THE PURSE!

    December 16, 2010 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. TNB

    It was brave, but extremely dumb! Only God gets the glory for protecting her imbecile behind after she hit, missed, and fell to the floor & was almost shot herself! The gunman had horrid aim, thank Heavens & couldn't hit the broad side of a barn & that's the only reason the outcome is what it is. God bless all the victims in this tragedy!

    December 16, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
    • The churchlady

      @tnb, she disabled the gunner's arm and aim with GRACE. He never even pointed his gun toward her...he held the gun up towards the ceiling! Watch the video and stop acting like a nonbeliever!

      December 16, 2010 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Fred Bartkowski

    She is a single issue voter.

    December 16, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. marcus lipschitz

    Ms. littleton is a very brave woman and a true profile in courage. she was willing to sacrafice her own life to save her friends. most would not be that brave. she should be invited to the white house and be awarded a medal.

    December 16, 2010 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Sutemi

      Except there was no chance of her lame attack succeeding. Her friends would be dead regardless of her sacrifice. Her actions were meaningless. She's a monumental idiot.

      December 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sidewinder

    Brave and admirable, but also terribly dumb.

    December 16, 2010 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Martin J. Stab, Author

    Thank you madam...you've made my day...and theirs too:):):) Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

    December 16, 2010 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
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    December 16, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. Texan

    Incredibly brave woman! Not many people would have the guts to do what she did.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Texan

    Not many people would have the guts to do what she did.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
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