I'm willing to bet that the Mom was shooting either 158 grn LRN or 130 grn FMJ out of her .38, which is usually cheap and plentiful at the local gun shop or big box store but isn't the most potent self defense loading out there.
I've called the AJC many things, but never once have I called them intelligent.
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Big Sister: "Everyone in America is fine with the .30-30, except Mack. He has to shoot that .35 because that extra point zero fives inches will matter on Bigfoot."