[Before moving on to the success stories, take a moment to read this account of the classic California case of kids killed because their parents complied with a law encouraging them to lock up their guns, even though the kids were trained to use them.]

Here are just a few examples of kids using guns to defend themselves and their families (I’m too busy to blog consistently — IF I HAVE MISSED ANY STORIES PLEASE CONTACT ME):

UPDATE: 12/13/2017: Teen shoots threatening mountain lion while deer hunting

UPDATE: 7/4/2017: Armed 11-year-old boy saves fishing party from charging bear

UPDATE: 11/19/2016: Son disarms intruding sex offender and shoots intruder with his own gun

UPDATE: 8/12/2016: 15 yr old boy shoots burglar in leg with shotgun

UPDATE: 8/2/2016: 13 yr old Girl Uses Rifle to Save Sister and Self from Intruders

UPDATE: 4/17/2016:  17-year old boy shoots, kills man attacking father with wood saw

UPDATE: 3/23/2016: 15 yr old boy scares off burglars with rifle

UPDATE: 3/22/2016: 14 yr old girl shot by home invaders, shoots back

UPDATE: 11/12/2015: 13 yr old boy shoots/kills burglar:

UPDATE: 9/3/2015: 11 yr old defends self and 4 yr old sister, shoots and kills 16 yr old burglary suspect who gained access to home on third attempt along with another 22 yr old suspect:

UPDATE: 14 yr old protects younger twin brothers from burglars: UPDATE: 2/2/2015: 11 yr old girl scares off home invader with shotgun:   UPDATE 12/17/2014: 14 yr old shoots/kills one of two home invaders targeting grandmother: UPDATE 11/11/2014: 15 yr old stops 2nd home burglary after suspect escapes from police cruiser: UPDATE 9/24/2014: 11 yr old girl shoots man attacking mother:   UPDATE: 7/9/2014: 18 yr old defends mom in gun battle against Ex: (also see new case under “Animal attacks” below)   UPDATE: 5/27/2014: Dallas son uses gun, stops mom from drowning 2 children:   UPDATE 2/26/2014: 15 Year Old Shoots and Kills Man Who Was Trying to Kidnap Woman   UPDATE 1/25/2014: 14-yr old Boy Shoots, Repels Home Invaders

[Also see this historical example from the 1800s: armed schoolchildren saving their teacher]   [Animal attacks: Stories frequently appear of kids using guns to defend themselves against animals. While important to note these cases, they are not generally listed here.  However, here is an interesting story (with video) involving a teenage female competitive shooter facing an intruding bear: ] child defense A gun trust can help you safely and effectively transmit a firearm legacy to your descendants  

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