Every Day Heroes – Responsible gun ownership saves 12-year-old girl from intruding pedofile. From Matt Argonist of The Free Thought Project:
The saying ‘every parent’s worst nightmare’ is a cliche for a reason. Bad things happen. They happen every day. The only way to be sure you can protect your children if (and when) your day comes is to be prepared. Tina Burton and Ali Bracey certainly were.
Around 7 a.m. on the 14th of April, Tina Burton awoke to the kind of text message we all dread: There was a strange man in the house.
Donald Oliver had broken into their house, made his way to her 12-year-old daughter’s room and began to undress. Tina’s young daughter had the presence of mind to hide long enough to alert her mother and then run to a back room of their house.
“She was really smart,” Burton said. “She hid under the cover, turned her light down, turned her volume down on her phone to text me. When she peeked under the cover to see where he was at, she got up and ran away. She went to the back room. And I think that was really brave and smart of her.”
Once she was safely away from Oliver the family gathered and tried to peacefully persuade him to leave the house. Burton’s boyfriend, Ali Bracey, tried shouting at him to leave, and even began striking him with a broom, but Oliver wouldn’t stand down.
“I told him to get out, and he didn’t want to move. And he growled at me,” explained Bracey.
Burton, knowing they had to do something, retrieved a pistol and passed it to Bracey, who shot the intruder six times before he finally ran. The man withstood six gunshots. We can’t imagine what would have happened if they hadn’t had the means to protect themselves. Oliver, who has a history of sexual assault, was clearly deranged. A serious threat not only to Burton’s family, but to anyone he came in contact with.
“Everyone has actually commended me on what I did. There hasn’t been any real backlash other than the family (Oliver’s family). But everyone in the neighborhood has commended me on what I did.”
Who knows what would have happened if they’d had their rights to arm themselves restricted.