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Teen Girl's Excellent Marksmanship Saves 6-Year-Old Brother's Life

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A teenage girl is being hailed as a hero after her excellent marksmanship with a bow-and-arrow saved her brother from a cougar, Fox News reports.

Amaya Simpson, a Colville, Washington 16-year-old, told Fox News that the incident occurred when she and her young brother were out practicing elk calls on the evening of September 8 in nearby Inchelium.

As they were walking along, the teen says she sensed danger. It was only three yards away from her brother — a cougar.

“I just remember getting chills, turning around, and seeing only its big brown head blending with the trees and bushes,” she told reporters, “then telling my brother to run to me.”



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Simpson said it was like the cougar was almost stalking her brother. But at first, he didn’t believe her.

“I just smiled for a second and thought she was joking around on me again,” her brother Cole said, according to KHQ-TV. However, he says he realized “the seriousness in her tone,” according to the station.

As her brother ran toward her, Amaya went all “Hunger Games” and picked up a bow and arrow. She hit the cougar behind one of its ears, getting the animal to run away.

“My adrenaline was pumping, and in that situation, it was probably record time,” she said of the arrow shot.

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When she told her father what happened, he got his AR-15 and the family dog.

“We had our dogs, and our airedale got on it’s trail,” she said.

He then tracked the cougar and finished it off. According to KHQ, the father was worried that the cougar might strike again.

The big cat now resides with a taxidermist, where it will become a sort of memento for the Simpson family.



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There are several lessons here, of course. The first is that outdoor skills can save your life, or the life of someone close to you — in this case young Cole.

The second is that if you’re going to be an outdoorsy family, you need to know how to protect yourself. That includes skills in archery, marksmanship and the like.

Oh, and yes, there’s always the delightful addendum that the AR-15, so often vilified in the press as having no application aside from being (ugh) “a weapon of war,” may well have saved the life of someone else. This is what modern hunting rifles are used for — modern hunting applications. No doubt the left is going to seize upon her for that.

Aside from all of that, however, we have to give plaudits to the brilliant Amaya Simpson, who helped save her brother’s life with one great shot.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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