“Vance County [North Carolina] sheriff’s deputies responded around 7 p.m. to an address there after getting a call about a fight,” cnn.com reports. “When they got there, deputies found two people shot. One was Lloyd Woodlief, 84, who lived at the Kittrell home, according to Sheriff Peter White. He had been shot once with a 12-gauge shotgun and ‘died shortly thereafter,’ the sheriff said. His son, 49-year-old Lloyd Peyton Woodlief, had been shot with a 22-caliber pistol, added White. The resident of nearby Henderson, North Carolina, was being treated at Duke Medical Center in Durham as of Tuesday afternoon. The other person involved was the 11-year-old grandson of Lloyd Woodlief.” Apparently . . .
Octogenarian Lloyd Woodlief shot his son. Then his 11-year-old grandson shot him.
The antis will grab this one with both hands. It plays to three of their mendacious memes: people are too stupid to own guns, the presence of guns escalate arguments to violence and you’re more likely to get shot by a gun in your house than use it to defend yourself. Yes well . . .
Imagine you’re 11 years old. Gramps is either mean or mentally ill or both. An argument ensues and he shoots your father. Grandpa is bound to keep shooting Dad (or maybe you) until he’s dead. What are you supposed to do? Let him kill your old man? Not in my world. You defend your father the best way you know how. You shoot your grandfather.
That sucks on all sorts of levels. No 11-year-old should ever be put in that position. But he was and, absent more facts, I reckon he did the right thing. Regarding the presence of guns in a household “enabling” family members’ murderous impulses, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Americans have a natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.
Our gun rights keep us free from government tyranny and protect us from criminal predation. Because we have gun rights, because there are over 150m guns in American households, there will be collateral damage. It’s unavoidable. Criminals will kill each other with guns, people will commit suicide with guns, emotionally unbalanced people will murder someone with a gun and accidents will happen.
When we encounter stories of firearms-related injury and death, we need to decry the violence. But we also have to keep in mind that tens of millions of gun-owning Americans never fire their guns at another human being. And never will. They exercise their gun rights without incident. And the vast majority of those who do use their gun against others – some 800k of them per year – do so legally, protecting innocent life.
The Truth About Guns will not shy away from the dark side of gun ownership. But we will always endeavor to keep it in perspective, lest we lost our perspective and neglect the rights that protect all we hold dear. [h/t DrVino]