Not only a gun, but an "assault rifle" (if you believe the media). And, not only an "assault rifle", but used by a child - a fifteen year old boy.
In Harris County (I'm presuming from the accents of the people involved that this is the Harris County that contains Houston, Texas), a fifteen years old boy used his dad's AR-15 pattern semi-auto rifle to protect his twelve year-old sister and himself from two home invaders. One was an adult, and the other was supposedly a juvenile (large enough that I would have guessed he was an adult, based on his appearance). Folks familiar with the Houston area will not be surprised to discover the "cultural diversity" of the two criminals. Lest I be deemed "racist", I will only say that it did not appear that Spanish was their native tongue.
The father of the two children who used a dreaded "assault rifle" to protect themselves was spoken of as a "deputy constable", whatever that is. I don't know if that is actually a law enforcement position in a small community ("constables" back East in the villages and small towns of New England were pretty much just like cops), or if it is more of a security guard type of job, but - as one commenter expressed it - if he had not been a deputy constable, it is possible he might have gone to jail for not securing his loaded firearm, allowing his children access to something as "dangerous" as an "assault rifle".
From the statement made by a police officer at the scene, it sounded as if the fifteen year-old boy will not face any charges in the obviously self-defensive shooting. There was also no mention of the father of the boy being at risk for negative consequences. Nonetheless, knowing how progressives and lawyers love to screw the victims of their criminal clients over, the boy and his dad may end up being sued civilly by the adult home invader, or his family, if he doesn't survive his injuries. The news video did not mention whether the juvenile home invader was related to the adult home invader or not. Let us hope that this was not a father-son criminal enterprise.
Who knows how this would have turned out if this boy did not have access to a rifle to protect himself and his sister. It is entirely possible his twelve year old sister could have been raped and killed, as he might also have been killed.
Please feel free to post this on other web sites, blogs, etc. The media will not broadcast the use of a gun to save lives, in spite of how much more often that happens than guns are used to take lives. So, it is up to us to try to spread this far and wide.
And when some ignorant, progressive SOB (but I repeat myself) starts talking about how the only use of guns is to kill, remind them that that is a lie. They are used to stop crime and violence many more times than they are used to kill - even in self-defense. Most times, simply displaying them will stop a criminal in his tracks, and he will flee if given the opportunity.
Based on the actual numbers, the main use of a gun is to protect human life, and they are only used to kill in a small fraction of cases. The problem is that the media only talks about the times they have been used to kill. Guns are for protection - and they work.