In the midst of the once more reawakened gun debate after multiple mass shootings rocked the United States, a small story of a teenage girl defending her home with a firearm in Kentucky is currently going under the radar.
According to WYMT-TV, a 14-year-old in Lawrence County was in her home when two burglars attempted to break in. According to the story, the girl took action and chased the burglars off by firing a pistol in their direction as they were attempting to gain entry:
On Sunday, two men in a white sedan pulled up to a home in Blaine. One got out of the car and repeatedly tried to gain entry by trying to kick in the doors.
Inside the home were three teenage girls who responded by calling 911. They were home alone at the time with their father at work and their mother at the store.
At one point the man who was trying to break in circled around to the backyard and was prepared to bust open a window with a shovel.
When this was about to happen, the man and his driver started arguing. During that argument, the youngest of the teenage girls in the home, only 14-years-old, found and loaded a 9mm pistol.
Once she noticed the argument between the two men, she fired the gun in their general direction and they left.
This is a great story to add to all the other great stories like it. An armed innocent person overcoming evil by utilizing a handgun isn’t exactly an uncommon story, despite the fact that these local stories often go untouched by the mainstream media.
The thing to focus on is the small details in this particular story, however.
Here we have a 14-year-old girl who knew what to do when her home was threatened. Firstly, she knew where the gun was and how to access it. Secondly, she knew how to load and operate it.
This girl had firearms training, and this training potentially saved their lives.
One of the problems with our society is that when something bad happens, too many within the populace and the politicians who fear their approval points dropping will knee-jerk into crafting laws and banning things. A ban wouldn’t have saved this girl’s life. Training and education did, though.
We should put more of a focus on teaching respect and proper use of guns instead of working to keep them out of the hands of Americans. The United States is so saturated in firearms that restrictions and bans would just make it harder for good people to have access to things the bad guys already do. Training and education will solve many problems, however.
Even law enforcement seems to agree with this.
“Considering that she is 14-years-old, she did a good job. I encourage everyone that can legally carry a firearm, to carry a firearm to protect themselves and their families just in case the need arises,” Lawrence County Constable Daniel Castle.
If we had more training and education, and more people were comfortable around guns even to the point of carrying them on their person, how many of these mass shootings would have actually been as deadly?