Thursday, July 01, 2010

Why I carry a handgun for protection, Vol. 31

So that if our home is invaded by two feral youths (ages 16 and 17) intent on robbing and assaulting us (or worse), we will be able to immediately and successfully fight them off, just like this brave 15-year-old boy in Houston, Texas did on Tuesday afternoon. 

The hero teen defended himself and his 12-year-old sister by using his father's (Harris County Deputy Constable Vince Guerra.  Bravo to this officer for teaching his son how to responsibly use a firearm and making sure it was available to his kid once that level of skill was ascertained.  Guerra, of all people, is fully aware of the kind of criminals that roam free in public) rifle to shoot both thugs.  Both are in custody; the 17-year-old is in the hospital, and it's unsure whether or not he'll survive. 

There had been several recent burglaries in the area, but it's currently unclear whether this pair are suspected of committing the others.  Either way, we wager that's the last occupied house those particular criminals will ever break into.

Police have ruled the shooting justified, and the father won't face any other possible charges for allowing his underage son unsupervised access to a firearm:

"There were some questions about whether [Constable Guerra would be] liable for the shooting since his son had easy access to the weapon, but ABC13's legal expert says that the 15-year-old's right to protect his home and sister trumps all child firearm access laws."

Absolutely.  A home-defense firearm is of little use if it is kept unloaded and locked up away from the people that are trained and able to effectively use it, regardless of how old they are.  Responsibility and maturity are mindsets, not age-related functions.

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