Lynne Russell thanks the right to keep and bear arms for keeping her and her husband alive during an armed robbery on June 30th. The former CNN anchor and Chuck de Caro, formerly a CNN reporter, were held at gun point in an Albuquerque Motel 6 room by felon Tomorio Walton.
What ensued was a stand-off that left Walton dead and de Caro shot three times. Russell was not injured in the shootout.
Russell told FOX411 that having a gun “absolutely” saved their lives.
“The discussion over the debate to own a gun is just ridiculous. As Americans we have the right to bear arms and as humans the right to protect ourselves. I’m sure that the man who shot my husband did not have a gun permit. Criminals will always have guns. The rest of us legally obtain our gun permits.”
Russell and de Caro have been long time advocates for carrying guns legally. The author of “Hell on Heels” explains the decision should be an individual one, and those who do not want to carry should not weigh in on the gun control conversation.
“If you don’t want to carry please don’t. Then, shut the f--k up about it. Make your own decisions. “
She adds that the government should stop arguing about gun control and pass a law that states, “If you committed a violent crime you can’t get a gun permit. Simple law.”
What hasn’t been so simple is de Caro’s recovery process. Russell said it will still be another few weeks before her “hero” is released from the hospital however he has had his breathing tube removed, and is doing better each day.
She thanks her husband’s Special Forces background, and cool head for saving her life.
“I’m so grateful to him. He literally is my hero. He saved my life. I’m grateful that he is a responsible gun owner. He’s former Special Forces. He knows how to handle himself.”
Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson Simon Drobik said last Friday that de Caro would not face charges. The investigation is ongoing.