It isn’t something to rely on but sometimes even a BB gun is better than no gun at all:
Young said after pleading with the man to stop, the boy hit him in the head with a board. At that point, the man stopped assaulting the woman and ran after the boy.
“The suspect believed that the boy had run out of the house and when that happened the mom locked the door,” he said. “The suspect then tried to gain entry through an open window.”
When Paul Newman, 45, threatened to kill the woman and her son, the boy shot him in the face three to four times with his pump-action BB gun.
It’s interesting how the AP reported the same incident. In the AP story the boy shot him “as he grappled with the woman”. There is no mention of the guy leaving the house and then trying to get in through a window.