Doing it right.

Stories like this give me hope that not every child raised today is little more than a pawn in the nanny state machine, coddled from cradle to grave so as to be lambs to the slaughter when things go bump in the night.
A 14-year-old Phoenix boy shot an intruder who broke into his home while brandishing a gun as the teenager watched his three younger siblings, police said.

The teen and his brothers and sisters were at home alone at their residence at 55th Avenue and Baseline when a woman rang the doorbell Friday. The teen didn't open the door because he didn't recognize her, Police Officer James Holmes said Saturday.

Soon after, the teen heard a bang on the door, rushed his siblings upstairs and got a handgun from his parent's bedroom. When he got to the top of the stairs, he saw a man breaking through the front door and point a gun at him.

The boy shot the 37-year-old man, who is in critical condition but expected to survive and be booked into jail.

The blithering idiots of the world would have you think children should be raised in a vacuum, never exposed to a single trial or given any knowledge that may help them protect themselves should they need to.

Fortunately, the parents of this kid aren't idiots, and raised him properly, part of which is to respect, be safe with, and above all use firearms when the need may arise.

It's awfully hard to install that kind of level-headedness and responsibility in a child, but these people did an absolutely superb job. If only it were not the exception to the norm.

posted by Mr. Lion | 06/23/12 @ 22:44 | comments (0)