Saturday, January 7, 2012

Another teen shoots a home invader

In addition to the incident where the 18-year-old mom shot and killed a bad guy, a teenager in North Carolina also turned back home invaders with a shotgun last week.

Courtesy: Oleg Volk
According to WRAL TV, the 14-year-old boy and his 17-year-old sister were home alone with the break in occurred.

After shooting one man with the shotgun, the boy tells 911 he still has one round in chamber.

Here's where it gets weird. According to WRAL, the 911 operator orders the boy to put the gun down despite the possibility the home invasion was still in progress, or that the attackers might return. The news account suggests up to four men were involved in the break in.

This is a case that seems to go smack in the face of conventional wisdom pushed by gun control advocates that guns and ammo should be locked up and kept away from teens. And why was the 911 operator so eager for the boy to disarm? The way the story is written, it suggests police may have still been minutes away.

No, I'm not saying all teens should have access to firearms. But in the hands of a teen with the right temperament, knowledge and skill - an accessible firearm can be a life saver.

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