An 11-year-old boy from Alabama was forced into an unthinkable situation when a man broke into his home while nobody was there but him. Fortunately, there was a gun in the house, and what happened after the boy pulled it out is absolutely epic.
Chris Gaither is being hailed as a brave hero after defending his home from a would-be thief. The Talladega resident was home alone Wednesday morning when he heard someone break into the house and walk upstairs, so Chris jumped into action.
Of course, he was very afraid of what might happen, but he said that he wanted to be prepared, so he grabbed a 9mm handgun and went to investigate, according to WVTM-TV.
“When he was coming down the stairs, that’s when he told me he was going to kill me, f-you and all that,” Chris recalled.
The man Chris confronted made it out the front door with a hamper full of the family’s belongings, but Chris wasn’t finished with him yet. As the man walked through the yard, shots rang out.
Chris fired his pistol 12 times, and on the last shot, he hit the intruder in the leg. That’s when things suddenly changed.
“I shot through the hamper he was carrying,” Gaither said. “It was a full metal jacket bullet. It went straight through the back of his leg. He started crying like a little baby.”
Chris said that at first, the suspect didn’t think the gun was real. Boy was he ever wrong. Police arrived at the scene and arrested the man, who is believed to have robbed the home before.
As for Chris, he has a message for the intruder he took down.
“I hope you learn your lesson coming to this house trying to steal stuff,” he said.
Now that’s an awesome story. Chris could have easily been the victim here, but instead he’s the hero who protected his home.
This is what happens when you teach kids how to responsibly handle firearms rather than trying to convince them all guns are bad – they’re able to defend themselves and their home, rather than become victims. Besides, most every accidental shooting with kids is a result of their not knowing what to do with a gun if they happen to find one, so why not properly prepare them in the event that they do?
That just makes too much sense, apparently.