14-year-old Phoenix boy shoots armed intruder
PHOENIX (AP) -- A 14-year-old boy shot and nearly killed an intruder who broke into his Phoenix home and pulled a gun on him while he was watching his three younger siblings, police said Saturday.The teen and his siblings, ages 8, 10 and 12, were at home alone when a woman rang the doorbell Friday afternoon, Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said.
The goblin was 37 years old and armed with a firearm of his own. The Bradys would rather than 14 year old boy have gone hand-to-hand with someone older, most likely larger, and armed with a (most likely illegal) firearm than to legally be allowed access to his dad's handgun. You see, they push concepts like "safe storage" laws, where firearms are to be kept under lock and key, separated from anyone not deemed "acceptable" to have access - like kids, or, in their eyes, adults for that matter.
This kid is a bona fide hero; who knows what this guy had mind, breaking into a house where there were people - children - present with a firearm? Maybe he was just going to scare them and take what he could grab - or maybe we'd be reading about a horrific mass shooting instead of a near-DGC addition? The story doesn't give enough information, like whether he called 911 when the woman rang the doorbell - or if he even had time.
In any case, this story could have turned out a *lot* worse if this teenager hadn't been able to get a hold of his father's handgun. It's positively mystifying why on earth anyone would want to deprive us of the most effective tools of self-defense - there's simply no other tool out there that could offer the same level playing field against an older, armed assailant. Had that teen grabbed a baseball bat, he could be dead now - and who knows what would have happened to his siblings?
As for this not adding to the count, while I would love to see this as an addition, I'm actually glad it didn't make it. That kid's got enough facing him now without the heavy burden of having taken a life - that's a tough burden for anyone to carry, let alone someone barely in high school. He's going to face enough questions, scrutiny, and whispers in the hallway as it is - at least he doesn't have to deal with the psychological impact of taking another life.
No matter how much the goblin deserved it...
That is all.