**Posted by Phineas
This time in Houston, where a family enjoy an evening together were suddenly faced with home invaders:
A 21-year-old son shot dead an intruder to protect his parents when three men stormed their suburban home on Thursday night.
The residents, who are from Eastern Europe, were enjoying some family time together and baking a cake when they heard a knock on the door at around 8pm.
The father answered the door and a group of three men forced their way in at the home in Houston, Texas.
One intruder was reportedly carrying a shotgun and another a pistol.
‘I see a young boy and I think it is a friend of my son so I open it a little bit,’ the father explained to KHOU, he did not want to be identified and pictured out of concern for his safety.
‘These guys push and out comes two more, they push me on the ground.’
The men then chased the mother while the son retrieved his gun which was stored under his bed. He fired three shots and hit one intruder in the bedroom. The man died at the scene.
This is an illustration of what I’ve said time and again with regard to the right to keep and bear arms:
“When seconds count, help via 911 is minutes away.”
The bandits were tying up the father with duct tape when the son got his gun. Had he tried to hide somewhere and dial 911 on his cell phone, rather grab a weapon, I doubt the odds of their survival would have been very good.
Note also that the family, who asked to remain unidentified, are from Eastern Europe. I’m willing to bet the parents at least remember life there under strict gun control, and how helpless that left them. Lucky for them they moved to a place that trusts its citizens and wants them empowered, rather than making them victims-in-waiting.
via Don Surber
UPDATE: So, some self-described “progressive liberal” on Twitter thought she’d put me in my place with this:
— Catherine (@cats13136) February 24, 2013
First off… God, what a nightmare. That poor child.
But, secondly, the child is not dead because of the gun. That little boy died because his father was a stupid, careless fool. The gun didn’t leave itself where it could be found, loaded and without a trigger lock. The father did. He is the one responsible for his son’s death, not the inanimate object. And, in addition to possible criminal penalties, he has to live with that truth for the rest of his sorry life. Tragic as this event is, it is not a reason to infringe on the natural right of the people to keep and bear arms for self-defense.
Nice try, Catherine.
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)