After an 11-year-old Michigan girl defended herself against home invaders by grabbing her dad’s shotgun last month, the family is now saying that teaching their daughter how to properly handle a firearm left her well prepared for when she was faced with danger.
Late last month, 11-year-old Reese was home alone when she suddenly heard a violent pounding on her front door. As Opposing Views previously reported, the young girl quickly ran and hid in a closet, but not before grabbing her father’s locked firearm. When one of the home invaders, 53-year-old James Wasson, eventually found her in the closet, Reese had unlocked the gun and pointed it at the criminal. Wasson and his accomplice, 31-year-old Rhonda Stewart, immediately fled as soon as they found the girl with the gun.
Now, Reese’s father Steve says the only reason his daughter was able to defend herself is because of the training she previously went through.
“We put together a plan that if something would go wrong where she was to go and where was the safest place to be,” he told KFOR.
Steve made clear that despite potential criticism from others who say they girl is too young to have access to a firearm, he knows that her training saved her life that day. Steve noted that 11-year-old Reese had previously gone through gun safety training and is already a licensed hunter.
Reese says her harrowing experience should provide a valuable lesson to other kids her age.
“They need to know exactly what the plan is and they can’t just say this is never going to happen because bad things happen to good people all the time,” Reese said. “I was just following the plan.”