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Teen shoots would-be burglary suspect
Two would-be burglars are in police custody thanks to the quick actions of a 15-year-old.
One suspect is in jail, and the other is at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Kinzy Evans, 17, is still hospitalized. Charges against him are pending. The second suspect, a 16-year-old male juvenile, has been charged with burglary.
Investigators say they aren't sure whether Evans is going to make it. He was shot in both his legs and face by a 15-year-old who detectives say feared for his safety and the safety of his sister.
Deputies say the suspects broke into the home through a back window. From upstairs, the 15-year-old -- who was home with his 12-year-old sister -- heard the breaking glass and grabbed his father's automatic rifle. The burglary was soon over.
Originally posted by gladtobehere
reply to post by FortAnthem
It is important to keep firearms safely stored.
Part of firearms safety is teaching kids from a young age how to properly handle a weapon.
Good habits start young.
This is yet another great example of how firearms, especially "assault" weapons can serve as a person's last line of defense.
edit on 4-1-2013 by gladtobehere because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by FortAnthem
I think part of the problem is; when you keep something away from kids, it creates a sense of taboo and glamorizes that thing you keep from them, making them want it more. Drugs and alcohol are great examples of this phenomena. In countries that have younger drinking ages, such as Germany, kids learn to drink responsibly instead of the binge drinking that goes on in the US.
By not teaching our kids about guns early and making them a natural part of their lives, we create this mystique about them that makes kids even more curious and more likely to act recklessly if they do get their hands on guns.The only experience most kids have with firearms comes from the movies and video games they play which encourages them to blow away anything that moves. If kids got their hands on guns early and learned to handle them responsibly at a young age, it would be second nature to always treat them as loaded and behave responsibly with them.
I never had access to guns in my life until I went into the military. I thought it would be really cool to shoot them and carry them around in the army. Basic training fixed that real quick. Days and weeks spent taking them apart and cleaning them before we could even think of taking them to the range destroyed any sense of mystery or glamor in weapons for me.
I still think its important to keep weapons in the home but, now I know; if I take them out shooting, I'll have to spend a lot of time cleaning them when I'm done which tends to take some of the fun out of it. Add to that the cost of bullets and range fees and a whole lot of the glamor is gone.
reply to post by beezzer
He's nine now. But he knows to treat EVERY gun as if it's loaded, never ever to point a gun at someone, and never to put his finger on the trigger unless he's willing and ready to fire.