On Tuesday, down the road from me in Charleston County, South Carolina, a 13-year-old boy, who was home alone, shot and killed an intruder at him home.
Two men attempted to break into the home. The two men exchanged gunfire with the 13-year-old, but the boy held his own.
The Post and Courier reports:
The attempted burglary unfolded just before 1:30 p.m. at the Woodside neighborhood residence, where the boy said he became suspicious after seeing a vehicle pull up behind the house, according to an arrest affidavit.
The boy saw a man try to break into the back of the home, “at which time he feared for his safety” and grabbed his mother’s pistol, the document states. He began firing at the man, and the Sheriff’s Office reported that the man returned fire.
The two suspects then fled, and as they drove away, the boy continued shooting at them, according to the affidavit.
The Chevy Sonic the men drove was full of bullet holes and Bennett claims that it was someone who shot at him on the interstate.
Lamar Anthwan Brown, 31, of Summerville died from gunshot wounds. The second suspect, Ira Bennett, 28 of North Charleston, dropped Brown off at Trident Medical Center where he died.
Bennett was arrested by Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and is being charged with first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.
Bennett faced a bond hearing on Wednesday, but was denied bond. He claims that he has no idea of why he was arrested, saying “that car wasn’t at that scene.”
“I’m unaware of what’s going on here. All I did was take a friend to the hospital and I ended up here,” he told the judge.
The boy’s mother said that she was thankful her little boy was safe.
“I’m speechless right now,” she told The Post and Courier after the incident. “Who knows how this would have turned out.”
“I tell my kids that if anything ever happens to call 911, but I also tell them to protect themselves if they have to,” she said. “I never would have dreamed that this would have been a part of our day.”
All of us are glad to hear the boy is safe, that the bad guys are either dead or going to face punishment for their crimes, though one can hardly call prison “justice.” However, it is because of the protections of the Second Amendment that a gun was even in the house. Across the world, there are a myriad of people who are victimized by thugs, and these people are unable to defend themselves against their aggressors. The Second Amendment is not just about a militia, but the right of the people to keep and bear arms, period.
Thomas Jefferson, in penning three drafts of Virginia’s Constitution, finally settled in his third draft on the statement, “No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms [within his own lands or tenements].” Clearly, Jefferson would have understood the right to keep and bear arms to not be infringed upon American citizens and this, in part, is why Americans still have some semblance of freedom,… because we are armed.
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other gun grabbers would like to see this young man and his family defenseless against criminal thugs. They would like to make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to obtain arms than criminals. Therefore, we must be vigilant in the fight to preserve our rights, especially the one protected in the Second Amendment. If the one falls, so do all the others.
As for the 13-year-old’s brave actions, I say, “Well done young man!”