Son Shoots Intruders, Saving Mom’s Life

Anti-Second Amendment liberals care nothing about your welfare or safety. If they had their way, you would be left defenseless in your own home.

I’ve asked many anti-gun advocates what they would do if someone broke into their home and attacked their spouse and kids. When pressing the issue, many finally admitted that in such a situation, they would want some means of protection or self-defense, up to and including a gun.

Then I ask them about gun control laws that require homeowners to keep their guns unloaded and secured with either a trigger locking device or locked in a gun safe? At this point, most admit that the laws leave homeowners defenseless in their own homes.

Believe it or not, I’ve had some tell me the incidents of someone using a gun for self-defense in their homes are few and far between. I’ve even had some dare me to present any verified cases to prove my point, accusing me of using hypothetical situations as a strawman argument in favor of gun rights.

My response includes:

In 2012, 12-year-old Kendra St. Claire of Oklahoma was home alone when an intruder tried breaking into the house. She called her mom at work who told her to grab her (the mom’s) handgun and hide in the closet. Kendra did and as the intruder tried to open the closet door, she shot him in the shoulder, forcing him to flee the house. He was quickly apprehended by police and charged with his crime.

In 2013, a woman was home alone when two teenagers tried breaking into her house. In a panic, she called her husband at work who left immediately for his home. By the time he arrived, the intruders had entered the home. The husband entered through the backdoor, grabbed his loaded gun and fended off the intruders, saving his wife from who knows what.

In 2013, 72-year-old Jan Cooper of Anaheim, California was able to protect her wheelchair bound 85-year-old husband from a home invasion. It was around 12:30am Sunday morning when she heard the prowler outside the house. The elderly couple’s Rottweiler was furiously barking, but the suspect wasn’t thwarted by the sound of the large dog. Jan dialed 911 after grabbing her .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolver. She begged the dispatcher to send the police right away because someone was at her sliding backdoor trying to break in. She also informed the dispatcher that she had a gun. As the prowler began to open her sliding back door, Cooper fired at the intruder, while still on the phone with 9-1-1.

In 2014, another boy used a shotgun protect himself from a masked intruder. Seeing the masked intruder trying to break in through the back door, the boy grabbed a shotgun and shells, loaded and fired in the direction of the intruder who then fled in fear.

In 2014, three armed intruders kicked in the door to a home in Hockley, Texas where a woman was cooking breakfast for 8 people. One of her sons ran to the bedroom and returned with a loaded gun and when he heard his mom pleading that the men not harm her granddaughters, he began shooting at the intruders. One intruder dropped where he stood and the others fled, leaving the family unharmed.

In 2014, a Detroit man woke up early to the sound of breaking glass. Armed with a rifle, he investigated and discovered a pair of intruders. The man fired several shots at the intruders who quickly left. The man called the police who found one of the intruders had collapsed on the front lawn of a neighbor. This suspect, a man, was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. The other suspect was a female who suffered from a bullet wound in the leg.

In 2015, a 13-year-old boy in Charleston County, South Carolina used one of his mom’s loaded guns to ward off two armed intruders trying to enter his home through the back door. Seeing that the men were armed, the boy feared for his life and fired at the intruders. One of the intruders died and the other was severally wounded but the boy suffered no harm. No one knows what would have happened to him had he not had access to a loaded gun when the armed men entered the house and discovered him home.

To this small and only partial list of the many instances that can be found and documented, I would like to add what happened this week in the Pine Hills neighborhood in Orange County, Florida.

According to the local media:

“When two home invaders put a gun to a woman’s head, her son fought back, deputies said.”

“One intruder was fatally shot and a second was critically wounded Tuesday morning during a home invasion in a Pine Hills neighborhood, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.”

“The men, both in their early 20s, broke into a home on Perrine Drive shortly after 10:45 a.m. and pointed a gun at the homeowner’s head while making demands, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jane Watrel said.”

“‘One of them held a gun to her hear [sic] and made demands. I don’t know what those demands are,’ said Watrel.”

Real live Americans find themselves in danger in their own homes every day. In many cases, homeowners have used a loaded gun to defend themselves and their loved ones. These instances make some of the best argument against strict gun control laws like the one recently upheld in Maryland where all guns are required to be stored unloaded, locked or disassembled. No one abiding by the laws in Maryland are given the right or freedom to defend themselves or their loved ones as in the cases cited above.

Gun haters like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Michael Bloomberg care nothing about the safety of the American people. Their personal agenda is more important to them than the lives of Americans like 12-year-old Kendra St. Claire and 72-year-old Jan Cooper and the millions like them.

Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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