While crime as a whole is on the decline in America, there are still plenty of criminals out there looking to turn innocent folks into victims. One of the ways we’re able to mitigate this from happening is by arming ourselves, which is made possible thanks to our unique Second Amendment.
Criminals have to fear they could come upon an armed citizen, which deters many from doing so altogether. However, there are still those that take the risk, and for those, you have to hope they’re not too violent or can be scared away by a gun. In Kokomo, Indiana, the latter occurred when a brave 9-year-old boy prevented a potentially deadly crime.
As reported at Breitbart, the father Kevin Cooksey pulled up to a gas station and went inside, leaving his son, Larry Larimore, in the truck with it running. While looking around the store, Cooksey glanced outside and saw the truck door ajar, which immediately caused him to panic. He told the media, “When I saw my truck door open, I was like, ‘oh my God, what am I going to tell my wife?’”
The reason the door was open was because a man had attempted to steal the running vehicle, only to find the boy inside. Before the criminal could do anything, little Larry whipped out his BB gun and pointed it at the thief’s head.
In a panic, the man jumped into a black TrailBlazer, which was also running, and sped off. Cooksey exited the store, told the TrailBlazer owner to jump into his truck, so they could chase after the thief. The two men and boy chased the guy, reaching speeds of 70 mph before the thief wrecked the stolen TrailBlazer.
Larry described the thrilling chase and the dangerous antics of the man driving the TrailBlazer, saying, “It was doing donuts, zig zags, almost flipped.”
Talking to the media after the incident, Larry said that, “As soon as he opened the door, I got scared. So I pulled out the pellet gun and pointed it to his head.”
It’s hard to know how one would react in such a situation, but it goes without saying that Larry reacted with surprising poise and calm for such a youngster. His quick thinking kept him from being a victim and ultimately led to the arrest of the criminal. For that, both Larry and his father deserve some praise.