BURGLARS BEWARE... Stresses some people??


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augustino
May 14, 2011, 10:36 PM
Please help me understand something. Recently, in my neighborhood there has been a rash of burglaries. In fact just 3 days ago two houses away a burglary took place and an arrest was made.
So I'm talking to a neighbor and when I say that these burglars often operate in teams and the only way to stop this is to let them know that as a community we are sticking together and keeping an eye open for each other. And if they see that we as a community will react in defense of our property and personal belongings let alone our loved ones, with equal or greater force, they look at me like I'm crazy! At times I really feel they would rather flee and let an intruder have their homes... I don't get it. They're so eager to have a "NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH" but few if any have the testicles to stand up to these coward thugs.
Just tonight I'm talking with one guy and when I even suggest that greeting them with a gun is the only way to get the message across, he looked at me like I was crazy??? I feel that when confronted with this type of threat you darn well better have a gun. I believe the FBI research says (please correct me if I'm wrong) that the introduction of a firearm typically puts an end to the altercation. I NEVER WANT TO BE FORCED TO SHOOT A HUMAN BEING. BUT I would feel far worse if I allowed my child, wife or other loved one to be hurt or killed at the hand of a criminal, for fear of shooting that criminal.
I feel that many folks are simply too scared to defend themselves. Perhaps the fact that the laws to an extent defend the criminals is to blame. We've all heard horror stories of a burglar being shot and suing the homeowner that shot him, winning the case and basically having the home as his own that he was burglarizing.

Can someone help me understand how or why so many appear to be afraid to defend themselves against this scum of the earth?

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W.E.G.
May 14, 2011, 10:40 PM
IBTL.

There are more cowards, and untrainable people out there than you ever imagined.

ants
May 14, 2011, 11:21 PM
... the choice to keep and bear arms is a personal one.

Let each American make his/her own choice freely.

If it encourages and emboldens some of us, hurrah!
If it freaks some people out, let them be. It's their choice.



If we expect people to respect our choices, we have to respect theirs.
Don't disparage them for making their own choices.
Don't insult them, or call them cowards, or alienate them in any way.


On the other hand, some people just need GENTLE help and persuasion.
Careful, the harder you press the issue, the farther you will push them away.
Gently help them see the better side of guns and shooting sports.

So maybe later (after they get over it) you leave an open offer
to help anyone in the neighborhood learn to shoot if they wish.
Perhaps they want to learn the joy of target shooting, and graduate from there.
You will be much more effective with honey rather than vinegar.

YukonCharlie
May 15, 2011, 12:09 AM
Move to Texas

Remo223
May 15, 2011, 12:30 AM
They might be interpreting your words as vigilante-ism. Also, many people are more scared of lawyers than criminals.

Or they could just be plain old ordinary gun-grabbing pacifists.

HGUNHNTR
May 15, 2011, 12:42 AM
At times I really feel they would rather flee and let an intruder have their homes...

If you are presented with this option, it is the one you should always take, unless you have some possesion that is worth more than your life. The best way to end an altercation is to avoid one at all costs in the first place. For me a firearm is a last ditch effort when I have exhausted all other means for self preservation.

augustino
May 15, 2011, 01:16 AM
So let me get this right, it's 2:30AM you're sleeping and the kids are sleeping in their rooms also. You hear that someone has broken into your home and is going room to room looking for whatever... If I understand correctly you feel that fleeing is the best option? So wake up the kids, wake up the wife and run? Forget about that 12 gauge lying next to the bed, forget about the pistol on the night table. Forget any form of self defense and run if you can?
Sorry but that wouldn't be the high road for me and looking back I'm kind of sorry I even posted this. Truth is I've never openly criticized any of my neighbors for their action or lack of action.

The bottom line is that evil wins when good men do nothing.

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