This pushes at least three of my buttons: on gun control, on crime and on free range kids:
A 12-year-old girl took matters into her own hands during a home invasion in southeast Oklahoma.
It happened on Wednesday when the girl was home alone. She told police a stranger rang the doorbell, then went around to the back door and kicked it in. She called her mom, Debra St. Clair, who told her to get the family gun, hide in a closet and call 911.
During that time, the intruder made his way through the house. St. Clair’s daughter told deputies the man came into the room where she was hiding and began to open up the closet door. That was when the 12 year old had to make a life-saving decision.
“And what we understand right now, he was turning the doorknob when she fired through the door,” said the Bryan County Undersheriff Ken Golden.
The bullet hit the intruder, who deputies identified as 32-year-old Stacey Jones. He took off but did not get far before officers took him down.
Our society is filled with hysterics. A century ago, they would have been on street corners, screaming that the sky was falling. Now they tell us that guns are lethal talismans of evil, that police are the only one who can stop criminals and any child under the age of 18 is a helpless infant who can not fend for themselves in any situation.
Who knows what might have happened in this situation had the girl not had a gun and not used it effectively? Maybe the guy thought the house was empty and would have left. Maybe he would have killed her. Maybe he would have done worse. But you know what? I’m glad we don’t have to find out what would have happened. Because a resourceful Oklahoma girl took matters literally into her own hands. And all around this country are millions more who could probably do the same.