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  1. RF, you are fine form this morning: “vicious, sugar-crazed predator,” “recognized the threat and responded with an appropriate verbal warning,” and “brandishing (the pistol) defused the attack.” Nice writing, almost Swiftian.

  2. from what i have read, these kids lifted this weapon from their grandfather, without his knowledge. Why it was not locked in a safe, or had a trigger lock on it? i have no idea. The thought of any child getting their hands on any of my guns, scares the S**t out of me.

    • That is one of “those things” that I’m a bit ambivalent about.

      What I don’t know – not being from Atlanta – is what the crime rate is in the area where the grandfather lives (presuming he lives near or with the grandchildren). If he has the guns in the house for home defense, there is always a chance that in the time it takes to unlock a gun-safe/gun-lock home invaders could reach and overcome him, so he stores the guns unlocked with the clips out but nearby.
      The local crime rate may also have an impact on why the boys wanted to take their grandfathers’ guns with them. Have they been robbed or attacked in the past? No word on that either at this point.
      Do the boys need to be taught better? – of course! Reading the comments on the news webpage, some of the respondents are already acting as if these boys, one just a 10-year-old, need to be beaten and locked up.
      I know growing up that if my father had caught my brothers and myself handling his pistols (which we did – and he kept them unloaded with the ammo somewhere else) he would have whupped us and confined us to our rooms.
      But without knowing more about the situation – I cannot immediately fault the grandfather for not locking his guns. If he and/or the boys father don’t whup them good for what they did, I would fault them.

  3. Nobody’s going for the obvious crack at the kid in the pic breaking one, maybe two gun rules, depending on if someone is behind the camera or not? Color me surprised.

  4. I wouldn’t trust a ten year old with either a 9mm or 45. He should be restricted to 22lr.

    But seriously, isn’t anyone here disturbed that a 10 year old is walking around with a 9mm.?

    • Well no tdiinva.He could have shot the perp but he didn’t which shows self control.Sounds like the little guy could back me anytime.

    • Why would we be disturbed? He clearly showed good judgement by not shooting the perp. I’d say that makes this kid a hell of a lot more trustworthy with a gun than most police officers.

    • It depends on the child in question. Did you miss the post earlier this week that quoted a letter written by Thomas Jefferson advising the recipient to let the gun be his constant companion on his walks?

      Newsflash, the recipient was his then 15 year old nephew.

      • Jefferson’s nephew lived in a different world. A world where 15 year olds were treated like adults and were expected to behave like one. I don’t think Mr. Jefferson would have written the same thing to a 10 year old even in 1800.

        You can joke about this, and I did, but there is nothing funny about a modern 10 year old who is unaccompanied by an adult run around with a 9mm. You don’t have to be a gun grabber to think this is not a good idea.

  5. I wouldn’t mention this if the picture wasn’t so disingenuous (I know it’s from the original article) but I highly doubt the kid was white. I’m assuming this 1. Because I watched the video at the original site and 2. The original article has no mention of race and I’ve noticed enough times when no description is given at all then it’s probably not a white person.

  6. My brother Jerry got mugged when he was about ten in the 1960s by a couple of kids for his Halloween candy. Guns were a little scarce, so he went back out and got more candy. The lure of free candy was stronger than his fear of another mugging. I guarantee that he would have pulled a gun to defend the first candy, but 10 year old’s are still not allowed to pack heat in Canada, and I can live with that law.

  7. The article mentions that there was no clip in the weapon at the time. Not sure what they mean by that, but I would be more concerned on whether or not a loaded magazine was in the gun.

  8. Screw trigger locks! Grandpa should have kept the magazine IN the gun, and the gun should have been ON HIM.

  9. “Appropriate charges will be brought”.

    Against the thug who wanted to steal their candy? Oh good!

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