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Grandma Protecting Grandkids Lets Rifle Do the Talking - 'He Realized I Meant Business'

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There’s nothing like a good guy with a gun keeping a bad guy at bay using the Constitutional power and freedom of the Second Amendment.

However, in this case, that “good guy with a gun” is a 75-year-old grandmother.

On Monday, Alabama grandmother Marcia Black assisted local police in nabbing lawbreaker Cameron Powers, who was wanted for car theft. After stealing a vehicle, Powers eventually crashed it near Black’s neighborhood and decided to approach the grandmother’s home, Fox News reported.

But that would turn out to be a big mistake.

While her family was sitting at the dinner table, Black’s granddaughter, 15-year-old Allie Ruth Black, soon noticed Powers standing at the bottom of the driveway. Black grabbed her trusty rifle and went outside to greet the shirtless and shoeless stranger.

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“I walked out and said, ‘Can I help you?’ He said, ‘Yes ma’am, I’d like to use your phone,’” Black said.

Black confronted Powers about the nearby crash, but he denied knowing anything about it. As Powers began inching his way closer to her home, Black raised her rifle and fired a single warning shot into the air — she had two grandchildren inside her home that she was dead set on protecting.

“I was just calm as could be. I knew what I was doing. I was in control,” Black said.

“I wanted to keep him at a distance. I didn’t intend to kill him. I just wanted him to think that I would shoot him.”

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“He wouldn’t get down so I shot in the air and he realized I meant business, so he got down to his knees,” she added.

While this confrontation was happening outside, her grandchildren had called 911 and the police were en route. When the cops arrived at the Limestone County home, they were greeted with a kneeling Powers and a victorious grandmother.

“He feared the deputy more than he did my rifle and he jumped up and ran zig-zag right across the field,” she said.

He didn’t run for long, as officers quickly apprehended him. Powers is now being held on a $6,000 bond after being charged with car theft and attempting to evade arrest.

Black made a great impression on the family, as Allie Ruth was in awe over the entire debacle, saying, “That’s just amazing to me that I got to witness my grandmother in action.”

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“Our jaws just dropped,” Allie Ruth told WAAY. “We thought, ‘Wow, my grandmother is the coolest person on the planet. This is a story that I’m going to get to tell my grandkids one day.”

You can watch Marcia Black’s interview below.

Not only did Black impress the family, but she also exemplifies the importance of the Second Amendment to the nation. The right to bear arms is the ultimate equalizer, one that allowed an elderly woman to go tit for tat with the bad intentions of a stronger, younger individual.

In addition, it allows citizens to be on a level playing field with the government and military, should it ever come to that.

In the heated political debates regarding gun control, stories like Black’s are crucial to keeping the Second Amendment alive and well — because the freedom to protect yourself, your family and your property is an inherently vital thing to have.

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Ryan Ledendecker is a freelance journalist and writer. He began reporting news and writing commentary during the 2014 Ferguson riots. Prior to that, he worked as a web editor and columnist for an award-winning local newspaper.
Ryan Ledendecker plunged headfirst into news reporting and political commentary while on the ground during the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. He later wrote extensively on Donald Trump's presidential campaign and election.

When he's not writing, Ryan spends time improving his barbecue skills. He has his own brand of BBQ rub and is a trophy winner in the world of competitive BBQ.
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