A 12-year-old Bryan County, OK girl is being called a hero for defending herself with her mother’s pistol.  Kendra St. Clair was on fall break from her 6th-grade class and watching television alone in her home when a stranger knocked at the door.  Following her mother’s training, Kendra did not answer.

The knocking continued and quickly became a pounding.  Kendra called her mother and told her what was happening.  Her mother, Debra St. Clair, told Kendra to retrieve the mother’s .40 caliber Glock and to retreat to the bathroom closet (which has reinforced locks on the door).

The doorknob on the closet door began to turn.

For the first time in her life, Kendra St. Clair fired a handgun.

The round pierced the closet door, striking Stacey Adam Jones, 32, in the chest.  Jones survived and is being held at the Bryan County Jail charged with first-degree burglary. Bond has been set at $250,000.

For those who would say they support the Second Amendment because they like to hunt, here’s a reality check.  Kendra St. Clair’s mother owned a handgun because she exercised her Second Amendment rights as a single mother who wanted a means to protect her daughter and not because she wanted fresh pheasant on the dinner table.

I’ve seen pictures of Mr. Jones and in no way does he resemble a pheasant, duck, goose, deer, elk, or moose.  He looks more like a predatory bad guy.

There are several things that Debra St. Clair got right.  First, she chose her weapon and caliber well; several law enforcement agencies have chosen the same combination.  She had the good sense to give the right direction to her daughter at the right time.  Finally, she ignored those who believe that all responsibility for saving your backside should be farmed-out to 911.

There is only one thing lacking… range time.  Kendra demonstrated tremendous grace under pressure and a very level head.  I hope that both mother and daughter get some quality time together at the nearest pistol range.  I’ll be happy to chip in for some paper targets.

Bruce Bremer, MBA is LET’s technology contributor. Bruce retired from the Submarine Service after 21 years of in-depth experience with complex electronic technology. Since then, he has been involved in fleet modernization and military research analysis. He teaches electronics and alternative energy at a Virginia college. Besides his MBA, Bruce earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer networking. He has been volunteering in public safety for many years.

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