12 Year Old Girl vs Home Intruder

Would have ended a lot differently had a firearm not been involved.

A 12-year-old girl took matters into her own hands during a home invasion in southeast Oklahoma.

It happened on Wednesday when the girl was home alone. She told police a stranger rang the doorbell, then went around to the back door and kicked it in. She called her mom, Debra St. Clair, who told her to get the family gun, hide in a closet and call 911.

That was when St. Clair dropped what she doing and raced home.

“I drove home at a really fast pace to try to get to her, and when I got here the police were already here. And they had the suspect,” she said.

The during that time, the intruder made his way through the house. St. Clair’s daughter told deputies the man came into the room where she was hiding and began to open up the closet door. That was when the 12 year old had to make a life-saving decision.

“And what we understand right now, he was turning the doorknob when she fired through the door,” said the Bryan County Undersheriff Ken Golden.

The bullet hit the intruder, who deputies identified as 32-year-old Stacey Jones. He took off but did not get far before officers took him down.

“He was sitting down, the policemen had had him apprehended at the end of the block. All I saw was some blood coming down his back. I’m not exactly sure where his injury was, but I saw some blood there,” explained St. Clair.

Jones was taken to a Texas hospital by helicopter after the incident. An investigator on the case said Jones was released from the hospital Thursday and extradited to the Bryan County Jail.

The 12-year-old girl was not injured during the ordeal.


The Best Home Security Weapons without Ammunition

Most home security experts will tell you that the best weapon you can have – and the last line of home security defense – is a gun. You want a gun that you can handle, that will take down your opponent with one shot, and that won’t go through your exterior wall and cause collateral damage. There are times, however, when you run out of ammunition, or when you may not want a gun in the house for a variety of reasons.

Here are some of the best weapons to have for home security that don’t require ammunition:

  • Pepper Spray. This is one of the older and more effective personal protective solutions that doesn’t require ammunition. Also known as “mace,” this category includes just about any small bottle of spray designed to debilitate an attacker. Some of the more advance pepper spray such as the Mace brand Defense Pepper Gel have added features. This one sticks to an assailant’s skin, and any attempt to remove it only causes it to go further into the skin. It even contains a UV dye to help identify your attacker.
  • Stun Guns. Also known as Tasers, these devices provide a small, discreet way to protect yourself. It uses a simple battery to produce a high-voltage current, causing your attacker to become confused and disoriented. The effect will usually last from 5 to 10 minutes, allowing you to get away. They don’t work well on thick leather jackets or thick rubber raincoats, however.
  • Stun Batons. Stun batons work on a similar principle to stun guns, although they may offer a higher voltage charge. The advantage to these devices is that they have a much longer reach than a stun gun, and some even double as a flashlight.
  • Knives. Knives can be an effective home security weapon, but they’re not for everyone. You need to be highly skilled at using a knife in order to use it for personal protection. As with any weapon, there’s always the chance that it will be turned on you by your attacker, as well. Finally, knives don’t always incapacitate, and so they aren’t always the best choice. In the right hands, however, they can be a valid  way to protect your home.
  • Exotic weapons. Along the same vein as knives, there are a number of exotic weapons you might use for home security. This would include things like blowguns, batons, or even throwing stars and nunchucks. Here again, however, unless you’re highly skilled attempting to use these weapons to protect your home is probably not the best Plan A.

Be smart about your home defense. Make sure you’ve got a high-quality home security system in place, and if appropriate make sure you have a gun for personal protection. The quickest way to take down a home invader will always be with a gun, and any of these other choices – while potentially effective – don’t have the kind of reliability and success rates that you’ll have with a gun.

The Best Guns for Home Security

Protecting your home involves several different layers. You need to be concerned about external security, which has to do with securing the outside of your home, as well as the home’s entrances. You need to be concerned about internal security, which has to do with barriers in the home that protect you, such as security cameras and alarms. You also need to be concerned with personal safety, or protecting yourself once a home invader has made it past those first two layers.

That’s where a personal firearm comes in. In many ways, a gun is a measure of last resort, only to be used when someone’s made it past your locks and security systems. When that happens, the situation is dire and you’re playing for keeps. You need to have the right gun.

The right gun, however, can vary greatly from one person to the next. To pick the best gun for home security, you need to look at a number of factors, including:

  • Effectiveness
    You need to be concerned with how likely the gun is to stop a home invader in their tracks.
  • Penetration
    A wall won’t always stop a bullet. You need to be aware of just how powerful your gun is so that you know whether or not it’s possible for the bullet to hit nearby unintended targets.
  • Ammunition
    Sometimes, it takes more than one shot to take down an intruder – especially when you’re under pressure. The first couple of shots might miss, and so you need to be sure you can keep shooting until the target is down.
  • Quality or reliability
    Your gun needs to work every time without malfunctioning.
  • Price
    While there are plenty of high-end guns out there for home defense, the fact is you should be able to find one in your price range.

There are three types of guns that are especially appropriate for home defense. Let’s take a look at each in turn:

  • Shotgun
    In particular, a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun gives you the ability to quickly take down an intruder. It’s the most effective weapon of the group when using buckshot. Overpenetration isn’t too bad, as long as you’re using #1 buckshot or smaller. Ammo capacity is lower than the other options, but you can get an extended magazine tube that will mitigate that. They tend to be reliable, and you can find a used one for about $150. Top models include the Remington 870 and the Mossberg 500.
  • AR-15 Rifle
    This is the civilian version of the famous M-16. It’s effective because it’s very lethal. Penetration is high, but you can mitigate that some by using frangible ammunition. Magazines contain 30 rounds so you’ll have plenty. They’re reliable, and they’re expensive, running $700 or more. The DPMS Panther Lite 1 is a good choice for this type of gun.
  • Handgun
    This is the most convenient, but in many ways least effective option. Handguns often take more than one hit to take down an intruder. Penetration is fairly high. A handgun can hold anywhere from about 7 to 30 rounds. They are very reliable, and almost never malfunction. Inexpensive handguns start around $300. A good choice is always the Glock 17.

The best gun for home security depends a lot on where you’re located, your skill with the weapon, and your budget. Give some of these options a look today.

Madison Parker is a security expert whose interests range from both home and personal security – Get more home security tips on her blog Home Security Systems!

Canadian Man Charged After Using Gun to Defend His Home From Firebombers

A Canadian man has been charged with multiple weapons violations after he used his revolver to defend himself from firebombers who tried to destroy his home. And it was all caught on camera.

Ian Thomson is a 53-year-old former mobile crane operator from Southwestern Ontario. He‘s also a devoted student who’s using his years after 50 to study environmental geosciences. And he’s even a former firearms instructor. But this fall he became a criminal in the eyes of the law.

It all began in late August of last year, when Thomson woke up to the sound of three masked men tossing at least six Molotov cocktails at his house.

In response, Thomson grabbed his Smith & Wesson revolver and ran out of his house in his underwear and “fired his revolver two, maybe three times, we’re not sure,” his lawyer, Edward Burlew, told Canada’s National Post.

Thomson’s security cameras captured the attack. But when he turned the footage over to the local police, Thomson couldn’t believe what happened: he was charged with careless use of a firearm, and his collection of seven guns, five pistols, and two rifles was seized, along with his firearms license. More charges were added later, including pointing a firearm and two counts of careless storage of a firearm. Prosecutors are recommending jail time.

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