Thank God The Kid Got The Gun

Sue Gay lives in South Bend, Indiana, and she is alive today -- thanks to her 11-year-old grandson.

And, thanks to the fact that she doesn't believe in locking up her safety as many anti-gun gurus in Congress would have her do.

When Tony "Casper" Murry held a box cutter to Sue's neck one night this February, the fifth grade boy had to think quickly.

He ran to an upstairs bedroom to grab a gun and then flew back down the stairs with a .45 in hand. He stood "ready stance" with the gun, Sue said. She demonstrated her grandson's pose as she spread her feet apart and held her hands outstretched as if holding a handgun.

The boy shot one round and hit Murry, 27, in the chest, even though the man was shielding himself with the grandmother.

"I don't know how he did that," Sue said. "One shot and he got him. He's my little hero."

According to the February 6 issue of the South Bend Tribune, Murry had rushed up behind Sue and held the box cutter to her throat.

That's when the boy appeared with the gun. Murry ducked his head behind Sue's small frame, but some of his torso was left unshielded.

The boy pulled the trigger and hit his target. Murry was hit. The boy was proficient with firearms and had been trained by his late grandfather -- a gun enthusiast who collected firearms.

The intruder had wanted the gun collection, but fled the house after being shot. South Bend police found him outside the home, and he later died in the emergency room at Memorial Hospital.

"The young man reasonably believed his [grand]mother and himself to be in danger of dying. It was clear to us this was a justifiable homicide," said St. Joseph County Prosecutor Chris Toth.

"He did what he had to do," Toth said. "That's an unfortunate burden for an 11-year-old to have on him."

An unfortunate burden? Let's be honest, it would have been more "unfortunate" if the boy had NOT been able to rescue his grandmother.

And just imagine his grief -- not to mention the grandmother's -- if she had previously locked up the gun with a trigger lock.

Now to be quite candid, the Tribune article doesn't say whether or not she had put a trigger lock on the gun. Most likely, she probably did not -- especially considering how quickly the grandson retrieved the firearm.

But it's fair to say that even if she had put some kind of mechanism on the gun, the grandson either knew the combination or knew where the key was. In other words, Sue didn't lock up the gun in such a manner to keep it away from him -- a fact which further demonstrates how unlikely it is that she even locked up the gun at all. Why put a trigger lock on your gun if you're going to show your kid where the key is anyway? It makes sense to think that Sue did not swallow the Sarah Brady line that claims she would be better off locking up her safety.

Trigger locks always give criminals the advantage. Just ask the infamous gangster-turned-informant, Sammy "the Bull" Gravano.

"Gun control? It's the best thing you can do for crooks and gangsters," he says.

"If I'm a bad guy, I'm always gonna have a gun. Safety locks? You pull the trigger with a lock on, and I'll pull the trigger. We'll see who wins," Gravano says.

Well, we know who will win. If trigger locks were such a good idea, we'd see police using them when they're walking the beat.

Of course, they don't. And that should tell us that if Congress ever succeeds in forcing people to put anti-safety trigger locks on their guns, we will start seeing a lot of "unfortunate" murders because homeowners who can't access their weapons in time will become victims instead.

Erich Pratt is the Director of Communications for Gun Owners of America.

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