The girl was at home by herself when an intruder forced his way into her home and was met with a surprise he’s not likely to forget.
I love stories like these.
The 11-year-old was home alone when a vehicle entered the driveway. The individual knocked on all the doors and then forced entry into the residence, the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department said.
The child hid in a bedroom closet with a shotgun, police said. The bedroom and the closet were eventually forced open by the suspect.
The 11-year-old aimed the gun at the suspect and the suspect fled from the residence, police said, adding the child was not harmed during the incident.
“Her father is an avid hunter, she is familiar with weapons and inside that closet is where the gun case is,” Detective sergeant Jason Parks said.
Two suspects, James Wasson and Rhonda Steward, are both in custody charged with first-degree home invasion, second-degree home invasion, and burglary tool possession.
Who wants to bet this guy needed a new pair of pants after seeing that shotgun pointed at him?
It’s obvious this girl’s father taught her to respect and properly use firearms safely, which is one of the main pillars of responsible gun ownership.
Rather than teach children to be terrified of guns, we need to instruct them in how to properly care for and use them, being careful to instill a healthy respect for the capabilities these tools of self-defense possess.
Guns are not toys and have the power to end a human life. Firing these weapons at a person has real consequences. It’s not like Call of Duty or some other first person shooter video game. These points absolutely must be stressed to kids when teaching them about firearms and gun safety.
Taking the time to instruct our children like this might save their lives. Share this with other parents.