DGU, Teen Edition

Thanks to the Armed Citizen, I’ve found this gem

The wife and I are currently childless (We have her epilepsy surgery and subsequent recovery to deal with first before we can look into that process) but people will ask when they know about my gun collection: “What will you do when you have kids?”

Well not a lot different. I keep all guns that aren’t emergency defensive arms locked up, its just a matter of good taste more than compliance with the law (which may-or-may-not be in effect currently), defensive arms should be kept in such a condition and location that they can be quickly readied, but difficult for curious children of young-age to discharge them accidentally.

But that only works so far, and once a child is old enough proper gun training is the safest way to keep them from doing something stupid. The Brady Campaign idea of “Safety” is simply hoping guns never exist, and let their kids live in a world where unsafe gun handling is shown in movies, video games, and TV, and guns DO exist. Don’t let the next guy be responsible for your child’s safety. And of course it COULD save your child’s life!

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. Investigators say they aren’t sure whether the injured suspect 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 and his sister’s safety.

ABC13 arrived in northwest Harris County in time to see the second time the juvenile burglary suspect left a home on Royal Place Court. The first time, deputies believe, he was with a bleeding accomplice who was shot three times by a 15-year-old boy.

“All he said was, ‘Anybody seriously hurt?’ and he said, ‘Oh yeah, definitely,’” neighbor Renee Thompson said.

The blood on the driveway tells a burglary-gone-bad story.

Deputies say that around 2:30pm, 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.

Family members rushed to the home, but the children’s father, Vince Guerra, had beaten them all there. He’s a Harris County Sheriff’s Office Pct. 1 deputy constable and was on duty when it happened. No wonder his son knew what to do.
“We don’t try to hide things from our children, and we try to give them a perspective about the way things are,” Harris County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jeff Stauber said.

Yep, there dies a few anti-gun canards. Of course the old “Guns aren’t used for Self Defense” one is why I have this DGU topic, and why I read The Armed Citizen. Then there’s the whole “If you have kids you need to keep the gun dissembled with the components locked separately with the ammo in a different county” “Safe Storage” foolishness. “Safe Storage” could have seen to kids killed or worse. And of course “Teaching a Child how to use a gun is bad news”….or good news. Also how about that whole “there is no good use for an ‘Assault Weapon'”? Given that the rifle appears to be an AR-15.

So I tossed up two DGUs this week and its only Wednesday. Looks like a good week for all of us.

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0 Responses to DGU, Teen Edition

  1. Old Windways says:

    I’m curious, was it actually an “automatic rifle”, which I suppose is possible since his father is a LEO, or was this an editorial oversight? From the brief view we get in the TV coverage, it looks like a AR-15 type duty rifle, but I couldn’t discern any details like a selector switch.

    • Weerd Beard says:

      I’d bet my paycheck it was a standard AR-15 and like most reporters this one knows NOTHING about guns and gun nomenclature.

      Also a valid self defense with either a legal, or illegal full-auto would be HUGE news, hearing none, Its likely just a semi.

  2. Tennessee Budd says:

    When the kids were still around, we made sure they knew EXACTLY where the weapons were. They’d already been trained in how to use them.
    Full disclosure–the oldest was 12 when we got together, so I didn’t have to deal with them when they were very small.

    • Weerd Beard says:

      When I left Yuppie Metro-Portland Maine to attend school in Rural Metro-Bangor Maine that was pretty much how all the houses worked. Some people had guns locked up, most had them hanging on walls or tucked in cossets, or in glass-fronted cabinets. Everybody knew where they were, and what they did. Kids had access to them because some of those guns BELONGED to them (even handguns that technically you aren’t allowed to have until you’re 21….but Mom & Dad say its OK, and they have legal possession of the guns, and the guns are not to be taken off the farm, so who’s gonna argue?)

      The only gun deaths I know about from that area are stupid hunting accidents (which every year go down thanks to more strenuous training and safety culture) and suicides (which with guns around involve guns….without guns involve high locals, ropes, knives, drugs, poisons, or razors…and sadly seem to be more-or-less unavoidable)

  3. Blackhawk101 says:

    My son was taught the “dont touch a gun go find an adult” starting about age 3. My son learned to shoot at 8. His first AR was built by me at 12. At 16 he was allowed to keep his new build AR in his own closet gun safe along with 7 magazines of loaded ammo. Next month we go to get him his first pistol at 17 (an XDm) which will stay in my gun safe until he is 21. At 18 he wants to convert his AR into an SBR (which he can legally do at 18).

    STarting at 16 my son began attending tactical classes with me for carbine and pistol. In the last roughly 2 years he has received more tactical training then I think our local police have. My kid can shoot anything in my gun safe and knows where the two defensive pistols are hidden. I have zero fear that he will go all Columbine (in fact he may be one of the few in the school that could stop such an incident if he could get a gun away from an active shooter).

    Honestly- where did this irrational fear of gund come from? ALmost every single ND where a kid is hurt with a gun you find out the kid has never been around them, trained to stay away from them, etc and yet its always the inanimate objects fault. I’ve seen data from back in the 40s and 50s when a lot of kids had 22s, 12 ga, etc and the incidents of NDs were extremely low for the percentage of kids that had a gun in their room.

    SOmething can also be said about hunting- as a child I remember being mightily impressed by the damage done to a deer with a 30-06 round. I distinctly remember my grandfather pounding into my head that damage and saying things like “DOnt ever point a gun at someone as this is what can happen” or “Fooling around with a real gun can do this to a friend or family so dont” and so on. Nowadays kids seem so inured to the destruction a gun can cause because of video games and movies/TV as well as this irrational fear that has permeated this country about firearms.

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  5. Patrick says:

    Check out 630/2010 podcast from 5pm – 6pm of the Michael Berry Show. http://michaelberry.com/index.php/podcasts/

    He is the local evening talk show host and he interviewed the boys father last night.

    Michael gets most things right He is a gun owner and a libertarian

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