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14-year-old Cottonwood Heights girl halts assault of her mother by shooting aunt's hand with BB gun

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  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    And if the aunt had a gun then the girl definitely wouldn't have a mother tonight?

    Ernest T??? how do you know she didn't have a gun?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 29, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    @TRUTH:
    And if the aunt had a gun then the girl definitely wouldn't have a mother tonight.

  • Dante Salt Lake City, UT
    July 28, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    Yes, Trayvon might be alive today, but he would have killed or seriously damaged Zimmerman for life--pounding Zimmerman's head on the pavement.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    July 28, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    Re: "If only Zimmerman had had an air soft pistol, Trayvon would still be alive today."

    True. But, unfortunately, Mr. Zimmerman would be dead.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    July 28, 2013 12:53 p.m.

    Who knew a toy gun could provide personal defense. If only Zimmerman had had an air soft pistol, Trayvon would still be alive today.

  • IdahoStranger NEWDALE, ID
    July 28, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    When seconds count the police are only minutes (or hours) away!

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    July 28, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    My congratulations to the girl and I'm really glad she didn't shoot her eye out in the process.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    July 28, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    Re: "Further, if it had been a real gun, the mother would have likely had to face charges . . . ."

    "Yeah, and, it'll be interesting to see if liberal "educators" will expel this young heroine from school in the fall for responding to her friends' questions about her actions.

    It's sad that liberals have built a political infrastructure that so controls all facets of our society, that we punish, rather than congratulate and laud the actions of this child, who clearly has more courage and sense than the adults in her life.

  • FelisConcolor North Salt Lake, UT
    July 28, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    pragmatistferlife:

    I don't know about packing swords -- the Romans probably enforced an effective "sword control" during that time in order to keep the people from rebelling -- but at the time Jewish law allowed for deadly force in defense of home and family.

    Furthermore, that pacifist Jesus not once but twice made a weapon and used physical force to expel persons from the temple. I don't think He would be too upset at this young girl actions; her aunt would surely be called to repentance, however.

  • FelisConcolor North Salt Lake, UT
    July 28, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    "BB guns are unregulated and no one has even proposed any restrictions on them."

    Not on the federal level (yet) but in several states and large cities they are. On the federal level the Consumer Products Safety Commission has sued BB gun manufacturers and proposed regulations that would essentially treat BB guns as firearms.

  • Rand Ogden, UT
    July 28, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    TRUTH

    Since her mom and aunt were entangled, if she had a REAL gun, she might have accidentally killed her mother aiming for her aunt. A human hand will stop a BB, it won't stop a bullet.

    To the dismay of gun rights activists, you just proved you don't need a real firearm in the house to protect yourself, you just need a BB gun.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    July 28, 2013 7:29 a.m.

    You know the irony of a state like Utah being filled with the righteous who advocate shooting and killing someone else every time they feel threatened or even attacked physically is beyond belief.

    I wonder if in Christ's day all the righteous packed swords to the sermon on the mount?

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 28, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    @TRUTH
    Salt Lake City, UT

    "Obamaites, had this 14 yr old not had a gun, she might not have a mother tonight!"

    I'm not sure what an "Obamaite" is, but this was a BB gun; not a firearm. BB guns are unregulated and no one has even proposed any restrictions on them. Had it been a real gun, there would have been at least one person dead or wounded and three lives would have been changed forever, and not for the better. Take it from this ex-soldier: when you shoot someone, it changes you and your life, and you don't just "get over it." Further, if it had been a real gun, the mother would have likely had to face charges for leaving a loaded gun in easy reach of a child.

    @ulvegaard: "The criminal element will retain theirs." The aunt wasn't armed and didn't have a gun. Your comment has nothing to do with the story here. More guns here would have only made a bad situation worse.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    July 27, 2013 11:07 p.m.

    I am one who always hopes that the solution is never more violence. That much said, I am also one who believes that we have a right to defend ourselves / family.

    Those who wish to eliminate guns can only succeed as far as removing them from the benign half of society. The criminal element will retain theirs. Already people in many cities are being told when calling for police assistance that they just don't have the man-power to respond and yet, defenseless citizens are often being made out to be the criminal when they had no choice but to use lethal force to protect themselves.

    Again, we should try to avoid bloodshed, but sometimes it comes to that.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2013 6:32 p.m.

    Obamaites, had this 14 yr old not had a gun, she might not have a mother tonight!

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    July 27, 2013 4:10 p.m.

    this teenage girl did the right thing....a BB Gun made a believer out of this visiting
    menus. Smart girl for knowing how to deal with her attacker in the right way.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    July 27, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    Can you say "dysfunctional family?" My goodness, violence, stolen cars, etc. Someone needs to have a re-do on life skills and how to be a responsible person. I would have called PD immediately when the aunt became violent. She's lucky is wasn't a gun designed to kill humans and there's be a funeral in a few days.