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.
NRA Life Member
Me: "The .45 GAP was an answer to the question nobody asked."
Trooper pal: "Says the guy who thinks .38 Super and 10mm are viable pistol calibers and gets mad when Wal-Mart doesn't have them."