Posted on | January 20, 2013 | 25 Comments
FEEL-GOOD STORY OF THE YEAR! pjmedia.com/instapundit/16…
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) January 20, 2013
“She was very brave, she stayed on the phone with the dispatcher the whole time — talked all the way through it and was still on the phone with dispatch when we got into the house.”
– Ken Golden, Bryan County (Okla.) Sheriff’s Department
“I had to do what I had to do. I was scared out of my mind.”
– Kendra St. Clair
“The perversity I want to understand starts in the ’60s. What happened? This: intellectuals took over the elite.”
– David Gelernter, Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber
When Instpundit linked the story yesterday and I Tweeted it as the “feel-good story of the year,” some people evidently got the mistaken idea that I was being sarcastic, which I wasn’t. When a 12-year-old girl shoots a burglar, that’s good news:
BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. — A 12-year-old girl did what she had to do to protect herself from an intruder in her home on the Texas border.
She hid in a closet and shot him when he tried to open the door.
Here’s the 911 call Kendra made:
The suspect, 32-year-old Stacey Adam Jones, was apparently a very bad guy. He had been a suspect in the case of a missing girl a year earlier.
What I had in mind, in calling this the “feel-good story of the year,” was something that David Gelernter observed in his 1997 book, Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber. While doing some historical research, Gelernter came across a photo caption in a magazine from the 1930s, showing police with the bodies of two robbers the cops had shot dead in an ambush, a feat that the caption writer called a “neat trick.”
Cops shoot two bad guys — neat trick.
We don’t see that attitude much among journalists nowadays, Gelernter remarked, because journalism is a profession that has been taken over by intellectuals, and intellectuals have had their heads stuffed so full of ACLU rhetoric about police brutality and the “rights” of criminals that it’s impossible for them to believe that (a) criminals are bad people and therefore (b) it’s a good thing for criminals to get shot.
A few years ago, my younger brother shot a knife-wielding crackhead who broke into his house. The intruder was undeterred by the barking dog and failed to heed my brother’s warning, so he was dispatched with a blast of 12-gauge buckshot. My kids still laugh at the laconic matter-of-fact way my brother described the incident. What happened? “I shot him.” Did you kill him? “Yep.”
Crackhead with knife. Homeowner with shotgun. Neat trick.
Americans used to think that way, and the intellectuals who have tried to teach us to think otherwise — to view criminals as “victims of society” — should be regarded as accomplices to crime.
Law-abiding citizens have the right to armed self-defense, and anyone who advocates the infringement of that right is a bad person.
My friend Robert Waters wrote two books I highly recommend: The Best Defense: True Stories of Intended Victims Who Defended Themselves with a Firearm and Guns Save Lives: True Stories of Americans Defending Their Lives With Firearms. You have to wonder why nobody in Hollywood has thought to turn those true stories into a movie, or at least a cable TV series, but of course the intellectuals have taken over Hollywood, too. That’s the only possible explanation for why you haven’t heard more about the story of Kendra St. Clair.
Twelve-year-old girl shoots intruder. Neat trick.
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