A father in Wilson’s Mills, North Carolina, allegedly shot and killed a man who has been accused of intruding into his home and accosting the father’s eleven-year-old daughter. The incident occurred around 9 in the evening when the man, 23, snuck into the family’s backyard and behaved in a way that the father found threatening to his daughter.
According to police chief A.Z. Williams, other children at home ran inside to alert their mother and father to the man acting threateningly in the backyard. That is when the father came out and used his firearm to defend his home and child. The suspect began trying to break into the house to chase the kids, furiously yanking on the door handle to gain entry.
According to Chief Williams, the case seems to be shut regarding the father, who is said to have been acting in defense of himself and his family. Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said the investigation remains ongoing, according to the JOCO Report.
Chris Pratt, the movie star and star of “The Terminal List,” offered an interesting take on a similar matter recently when speaking about the success of the show which was predicated on a father protecting and getting revenge for his family. In an interview with Men’s Journal, he said, “Some critic said something like it was an “unhinged revenge fantasy.” And, to be honest, that’s exactly what it is in a way. Whenever you’re put in a position, or even imagine a position, where those kids are in danger, your mind goes to wild places.”
Pratt understood the same thing that the father in this case did. When a father sees his children in danger, he will do what it takes to keep them safe. Pratt pointed out that this is a keystone part of being a father and something that all men with kids can relate to. Pratt said, ” And when you add the reality of being a father, being a parent, and what that means for us, it’s a very powerful tool. That level of responsibility opens up a whole new cavern of emotional potential.”
Pratt also left readers with a piece of advice and a declaration that many fathers will agree with immediately. The gift of being a father is something to be loved and never taken for granted. He urged young men, ““People say all the time, “Don’t rush to have kids.” I personally disagree. Rush. Have them. Of course, make sure you find a great partner, but don’t wait.”
Pratt and the father in this story are family-first men who are dead-set on performing their roles in their family to the best of their ability. Their effort as a dad is the metric by which many men will be measured, and that is something that should never change.
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