After the machine gun accident that claimed the life of a Las Vegas shooting instructor, there’s been a lot of talk about the appropriate age for introducing children to firearms. I think it’s completely down to the parents’ discretion. They are their children’s guardians, not the state. I’m more interested in a different question: when is it appropriate to leave a child with a firearm for self-defense? Again, that’s the parents’ call. Depending on the child, I reckon it’s long before most children reach the legal age of majority. Otherwise, this . . .
A Kentucky teenager was killed while trying to protect his mother from her estranged boyfriend, and the woman was abducted and later found dead in Ohio during a multistate police search, a sheriff said Friday.
The suspect, Terry Froman, 41, of Brookport, Illinois, was taken into custody in the Cincinnati area and faced murder and kidnapping charges back in Kentucky, said Dewayne Redmon, the Graves County sheriff in western Kentucky . . .
Froman’s vehicle was stopped along Interstate 75 by Ohio authorities, who found 34-year-old Kim Thomas dead inside, the sheriff said.
Earlier Friday, authorities found the body of her 17-year-old son, Michael E. Mohney, in the living room of his mother’s home in Mayfield, Kentucky, while checking on Thomas after she failed to report to work, Redmon said. There were signs of a struggle, he said.
“What we believe, apparently the son intervened and tried to protect his mother, and it cost him his life,” the sheriff said.
The teenager suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and an autopsy was scheduled, said Graves County Coroner Phillip McClain.
As with all homicidal examples of It Should Have Been A Defensive Gun Use I’m not saying that the victim would be alive today if he’d had a gun to defend himself. Although there appears to have been a struggle before Mr. Mahoney’s murder, the kentucky.com article reveals that police found no signs of forced entry. It’s entirely possible Mr. Froman caught Mr. Mahoney unawares, and then escalated the violence too quickly for an adequate defense.
And maybe there was a gun in the teen’s house to which he had access. Again, a gun does not guarantee survival against a murderous attack. But it gives the intended victim the best possible chance of defending themselves. Both Mr. Mahoney and his mother may have been alive today if they’d been armed when Terry Froman went postal. That’s not good enough for the antis, but it’s more than good enough for me.