13 Year Old Armed With Ruger 10/22 Saves His Mother From Trespasser Thought to be on Drugs

July 18 2014
by GSL Staff
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This one is a GunSaveLives.net exclusive, you read it here first. I received an email from a reader, Jordan, who asked that we use only her first name to protect her privacy, along with the above photo about a harrowing incident in Gainesville, Texas last night. I reached out to her and spoke with her about the incident. The following is the account of events she conveyed to me during an interview I conducted.

Last night we had a man on drugs wander into our yard. I was telling him to leave when he turned on me, threw his hat on the ground, and came at me.

Luckily, my 13 year old grabbed his Ruger 10/22. He did not have to fire. The [sight of the] gun stopped the man in his tracks and he turned and ran. During all of this my 15 year old daughter had called 911. The cops didn’t show until almost 8 minutes AFTER the man took off.

If my son had not done what he did, I have no doubt I would have been injured or killed along with my three kids. Proud of my boy. We are proud gun owners and always will be.

…Had we not had the gun, there would have been no way to protect ourselves and the cops didn’t seem too concerned about our situation. It shouldn’t have taken so long to get to us, we live six blocks from the police department!

[Our] family will always have guns. No matter what. The pics are of my son, my hero.

No one was hurt during the incident and we are currently working on getting a copy of the police report. As far as we can tell, no local media sources (which are far and few between in Gainesville) have picked this story up yet. We’ll update the story when we have more information. The boy’s father was working at his night shift job when the incident happened. The family did not know the suspect.

This is the 160th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Texas and the 1,228th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

This incident is the most common type of defensive gun use. That is, one in which no shots were fired and no one was hurt. Despite this being the most common type of defensive gun use, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides.

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