News stories of civilian self-defense seldom receive adequate media coverage. After all, armed good guys stopping violent felons does not make headlines like the lives of innocents being taken. Bias and agendas play their part, but the media does not cover an event that did not happen, such as a case where a good guy stopped a violent event before it resulted in the loss of innocent life. However, these are exactly the type of stories we need to highlight to educate non gun owners before they head to the voting booth.
11-Year-Old Shoots Home Intruder, Mocks him for ‘Crying Like a Little Baby’
TALLADEGA, AL — A Navy SEAL saying made famous in the recent Lone Survivor film goes something like this:
“Never shoot a large caliber man with a small caliber bullet.”
Well, it only took a 9mm round to the leg to reduce one would-be burglar to tears, according to the 11-year-old Alabama boy who pulled the trigger. Chris Gaither was home alone last week when he heard a noise and realized a man was breaking into his house.
“When he was coming down the stairs, that’s when he told me he was going to kill me, F-you and all that,” Gaither recalls.
The young boy grabbed a 9mm handgun and told him “I was going to kill him and all that, if he didn’t get out of my house.”
The intruder apparently did not take him very seriously, because he continued pillaging the house, ultimately making for the door with a basket full of goods. That’s when Gaither started firing. On the twelfth and final shot, the burglar dropped to the ground in agony after catching a bullet in the leg.
“It was a full metal jacket bullet and it went straight through the bag and hit him in his leg,” Gaither said proudly. “And he started crying like a little baby. When I pulled the gun out on him, I guess he didn’t think it was a real gun because he didn’t worry about it, he just kept on walking.”
When asked how he became such a crack shot, Gaither calmly explained that he and his step dad “play zombies for target practice.”
Gaither’s mom says they believe the man who broke into the house — who at this point has not been identified by police — has done it before.
“I hope you learned your lesson for trying to come to this house and steal stuff,” Gaither concluded.
While this is a story of an armed good guy, it is also an 11-year-old with immediate access to a handgun, which is a crime in many states. You make the call. Are laws that prevent minors from accessing firearms necessary for safety or an impediment to their right to self-defense? Share your answer in the comment section.
Chicago, IL – A woman fatally shot a man who was trying to rob her at a bus stop Tuesday morning in Chicago’s Fernwood neighborhood, Chicago police said. The shooting and attempted robbery occurred at a bus stop in the 500-block of West 103rd Street at about 6:15 a.m., police said.
The incident was captured by surveillance video. The victim, a 25-year-old woman, was waiting for her bus when a 19-year-old man attempts to rob her at gunpoint. The woman, who has a conceal carry license, was armed as well. Surveillance video shows as they struggle, she pulled out her gun and shot him in the neck.
The suspect took off running down the street and she ran in the opposite direction. Police found him and transported him to Christ Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Neighbors in the area say they are proud the victim protected herself.
“It’s tragic that he did die, but the lady had to do what she had to do,” said neighbor Bianca Daniel. “She’s on a bus stop, probably going to work, you know, and she has to encounter that early in the morning. I’m kinda of proud that, like, that’s what she did because she stuck up for herself.”
Those who know the area well say it’s unfortunate someone was killed, but the victim had the right to fight back.
“I’m glad that she had concealed carry and good aim, because there is so much going on in these streets,” said one neighbor.
The man has been identified to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Laavion Goings. The woman suffered a minor injury, but is expected to be okay. Area South detectives are investigating, though they said no charges will be filed.
Do you have a story of armed good guys with guns that shows the importance of firearm ownership for self-defense? Share it in the comment section.
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