Last week, two felons, one who served time and another who was charged with first degree murder in 2010, took a 17 year old girl hostage. She had left her home to get something from her car which was parked along the curb in front of her home. That’s when 31 year old Terrell Johnson and 33 year old Cortez McClinton grabbed the girl at gunpoint. They forced her back into her house, where she lived with her mother.
The girl’s father was visiting at the time and carried a handgun with him. When the men entered the house, one of them was holding the daughter in front of him like a shield. Seeing the guns and the situation, the father reacted, drew his gun and shot both men.
When the shooting was over, Johnson was dead and McClinton was wounded. The father, who asked to remain anonymous and his daughter was safe and sound.
The father was asked how he had the confidence to shoot the men who were holding his daughter at gunpoint and he replied:
“It wasn’t like that. It just happened. I didn’t have no choice. He had my daughter so I did what I had to do.”
The father also said:
“My condolences go out to all the families involved. I don’t know him. I wish it hadn’t happened. So like I said, to the moms, fathers, all the other people involved, I apologize.”
I applaud the father for his quick actions, but I disagree with his apologies to the families of the two criminals. When they resort to committing crimes, especially using a gun then they should be willing to accept the consequences of their actions. If that means that someone uses a gun to protect themselves, their family or property, then so be it. The criminals deserved what they got.
I know to some of you that sounds callous and unfeeling but I disagree. When they decided to commit the crime and threaten the life of someone else, then they need to be prepared to have their lives threatened and placed in danger. It reminds me of the saying from the old west days of live by the gun, die by the gun.
This unnamed father reacted like a good father should. Former Rep. Allen West expressed it well when he wrote:
“The father asked that his name not be used but one thing is for certain — he is a hero to his daughter. He showed that even though he doesn’t live with her, he is still her dad, her protector, and thank goodness he was able to exercise his 2nd Amendment right on that night.”
“And I believe this man represents the essence of what Father’s Day is all about. So to this man that I will never meet, Happy Father’s Day, you done good and made all us dads with daughters very proud.”
Speaking as a father and husband, I would not hesitate one bit in shooting anyone that threatened my wife, daughters or home.