There are some things that make you proud to be an American. Seeing the flag wave over a stadium of football or baseball fans, watching brave men and women protect freedom around the world, seeing the incredible good that Americans are doing to help the human race--these all qualify.

Some of the things that make you proud to be an American are smaller, too, and they have to do with the rights that we hold dear. One of those rights, the right to bear arms, is something that has come under attack recently. However, this story may make you think differently about it.

In Talladega, Alabama, an 11-year-old was sitting in the main floor of his house when he heard someone break into the home. When the robber came down the stairs, the 11-year-old acted quickly.

He grabbed a 9 mm gun that was nearby and shot the burglar as he attempted to run down the stairs and out the front door.

Chris Gaither isn't your typical 11-year-old. He's American, for one, but he also knows about guns and he knew what he was doing when he shot at the fleeing robber.

"He was coming down the stairs, that’s when he told me he was going to kill me, f-you and all that," Gaither reported to news agencies.

So instead of watching as the robber took away a hamper full of the Gaither's belongings, Chris picked up the gun and shot him through the leg.

"It was a full metal jacket bullet. It went straight through the back of his leg. He started crying like a little baby."

That, my friends, is what you do to someone who is attempting to rob you.

Now, it's clear that Chris knew how to handle a gun. His parents probably trusted him to be around the loaded weapon because he'd proved that he isn't childish when it comes to things like that. Should every 11-year-old in the country be armed? Definitely not.

But it is cool to see an 11-year-old American standing up for himself and his family.

h/t: Fox 8 News

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