Two armed burglars, one dressed in a FedEx-like uniform, came to the door of a family’s home in Brooklyn, New York. They broke in and ordered 2 residents to the floor where one of the armed criminals held them at gunpoint. The other burglar walked toward a bedroom where a 10-year-old boy and his mother were. The door was slightly opened, so the man pointed his gun inside the room. There are conflicting media reports about who exactly rushed the door and slammed it, causing the man to drop his gun in the room. It was either the mother or the boy. What we do know is that the boy picked up the gun and shot it in the direction of the armed criminal but missed. The other guy holding 2 of the residents on the floor shot back at the kid but also missed. However, the exchange of gunfire was enough to scare the 2 guys off, and they ran out without taking a thing from the family’s home, and no one was hurt.
The family’s safety is of course secondary to making sure the burglars had gun licenses, that their guns were registered, that they had no more than the allowable number of rounds in their guns, and that the appropriate background checks were done by the dealers for the purchasers. We’re talking about New York here, so there better not have been more than 7 rounds in each of the criminals’ guns.
And let’s not forget about the 10-year-old who not only had the gun in his possession without the proper license but discharged it inside his home. There’s got to be a ton of violations right there. And the mother seemingly allowed it to happen. She “contributed to the delinquency of a minor.”
And isn’t there something criminal about taking someone else’s things? The kid took the guy’s gun. That’s stealing.
I really hope New York comes down hard on this family for their many gun violations. Don’t they know they’re contributing to the state’s gun violence statistics? Don’t they know that guns are inherently evil, and that allowing a 10-year-old child to operate one, especially in this situation, is effectively teaching him that guns can be used to save his own or his family’s life? That is not helping the campaign to brainwash kids to be scared of guns.
What they should have done is not try to be heroes. They should have just let the burglars do whatever they want. Or if they really felt the need to “do something,” they could have grabbed a pair of scissors or a tape dispenser and used it on the armed men. Or they could have urinated on them or vomited on them. Or done any of the many tried and true methods of encouraging armed criminals to go away. Anything but handle a gun. Criminals don’t kill people. Guns do.