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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jjadurbin, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. jjadurbin

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    Some months back I posted about a new neighbor who confused a car backfiring to "shots fired" and called 911. Knowing that this new neighbor was from California, we ended up making LA-type jokes with the LEOs who came calling, and all was forgotten.

    But then right before New Year my wife took the dogs for their routine romp (0700) while I was stuck inside with a nasty cold ...they strolled down our path to the rear property line (about five acres) when our Beagle sounded and took off like a shot with the Malinois close behind. (Our two rescue dogs prefer to dance in place having been adults when adopted and not trained.) Not far from the rear wall my wife found a small dog at the hollow base of a rotten log I've been treating with decomp to make disappear ...the little guy was shivering when she picked it up. She had just calmed it down with the warmth of her jacket when the dogs sounded again and a woman appeared beyond the field and wood ...she was waving and yelling ...not close enough to hear, but the little dog started to struggle and it was clear a search for him had been underway. Suz approached between the brambles and thorns and cacti (which can be nasty), then released the dog and he shot like an arrow into waiting arms and a tearful reunion. Turns out the dog is a Bichon. The lady was so upset she could hardly speak, and so they ended up in my kitchen where I stood in a doorway. The way that little dog went for the water bowls it was clear he was dehydrated. Turns out she had been walking her dog and then let it off the leash "to sniff" for "only a moment" when at least one coyote jumped a bank of bushes and knocked the little guy down.

    The woman screamed for all her worth, the coyote fled ...but the dog vanished into the undergrowth and was nowhere to be found. She ran and searched and called her husband on her cell, he was on the coast and suggested 911 or the Sheriff, so she called both. A deputy arrived along with ARS (Rescue Services) but left after a few hours. As she spoke to her husband again, telling him the good news from our kitchen, I watched how her eyes were absolutely riveted -- not on her dog -- but on my wife's hip. If you like girls and guns, it's a great look, she carries a blue Python-4" in a leather Bianchi with matching belt. My wife looked at her, then me, then her and offered, "Would you like to look at it?"

    Well leave it to California but I've never seen such a reaction, as if she had been challenged by some great mysterious taboo or the Holy Grail ...and she said: "Could I really?" I took a step forward, caught a glance from my wife ...and split.

    Since then our families have become close. They were both born and raised in L.A. County. Both have advanced degrees. They had gotten sick of L.A. due to an "insufferable" combination of crime, taxes, traffic, street pollution, and the constant sense of "being ill at ease." The only time he had seen a firearm was in the scouts. The only time she had seen a firearm was when she was running for her life through her own living room.

    They had lived in a gated community at the end of a cul de sac. She was getting ready for bed, and alone with their only daughter, then 14, when she heard two distinct sounds almost at once. Glass breaking downstairs ...the burglar alarm went off.

    She grabbed her bathrobe and ran down the hall, finding her daughter in the shower. She pulled her out screaming and grabbed a towel, the two ran down the stairs toward the kitchen. As they rounded the stairs she saw a man ...he yelled for them to stop -- they ran straight through the living room, snapped the door open and ran into the night as the man fired rounds from a pistol. As she explained, with the high fencing surrounding the yard, they had to run down a side lot to reach a neighbor, who had heard the noise and come out to meet them. He pulled them inside and locked the doors. His wife had called 911. Both were armed with golf clubs.

    The police arrived quickly enough to trap both intruders inside the house ...but it was not a happy ending. The two women no longer felt safe there and did not want to return, the lawyer who was handling the matter for them recommended a therapist, but the family had decided to leave the state. The Mook who had broken in had a long record. That night he was on what the medical authorities said should have been an overdose of PCP. He was given a counter-acting compound. He had worked in the area as a day laborer. The gun had been stolen.

    Since the incident with their dog, they have both taken the NRA Safety Course as well as the state course, and have taken to firearms in a big way in general. He has joined our range as a patron, and is looking into the local skeet and practical shooters club. Most important, perhaps, is what he said about his wife one afternoon...

    ...that he has never seen her so empowered and unafraid, and now she is teaching her daughter how to shoot.
     
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  2. Reinz

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    What a great story! Thanks for sharing.

    With all of the anti gun noise everywhere we look, it’s so easy to forget that our war is comprised of battles, just one person at a time.
     
  3. sparkyv

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    Golf clubs an therapy...utter foolishness.
     
  4. Archie

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    I think every adult not physically or mentally disqualified should know how to drive a car, handle a firearm without be a public hazard and a number of other tasks (change a tire, sew a button on a shirt). Such information is the basis of power and freedom.

    Good for your neighbor's ability to adapt. They're maturing.
     
  5. earlthegoat2

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    My dad is kind of a fudd but he does say that anyone who lives in the country should have a gun or two.

    Recently he amended that to include anywhere there are coyotes.
     
  6. Hartkopf

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    Good job jjadurbin! :thumbup: Helping people on the ground level learn to defend themselves. That first contact of “would you like to see my gun?” is great.

    I nicely offered to give basic gun training (very basic, mostly the 4 rules of firearm safety with very little actual shooting) to a screaming liberal-anti gunner. He said no thanks. It’s hard to get that first contact.
     
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  7. Legionnaire
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    Thanks for the story. And thanks for bringing others along.
     
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  8. jjadurbin

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    Those who know me here understand how different my background and experiences are from anything these folks lived with ...they are truly decent and well meaning, no shortage of formal education or resources, and yet I can't even imagine living with a constant sense of "unease" from feeling vulnerable as they did for years. And then, like they are lacking any sense of situational awareness, they move into a high desert plateau that's about as wild as it gets in the southwestern region, an ecotone at the edge of massive suburban sprawl. (The term ecotone is academic bafflegap born from combining eco(logy) plus -tone, from the Greek tonos or tension.) In other words, it's a place in constant tension ...development has left wild life no where else to exist, and so it can become co-existence in the extreme. The nice lady only took her dog off the leash for a moment ...she won't do that again. My wife explained all this for them in detail ...she's very patient and does that several times a year with winter guests we have visiting. I just show them this video, the ecotone story in a blink:

     
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  9. loneviking

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    Sometimes we forget that there are Democrats who are shooters, and liberals who could be.
     
  10. Ks5shooter

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    Happy endings...I love 'em.....
     
  11. Dibbs

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    The great takeaway here is everybody can take a noob to the range. Show them a good time, with the 22LRs.
    Obviously, introduce them to firearm safety.

    Arguing with antis is shouting at the rain.
     
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  12. lemaymiami

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    Most of us need to remember that there are too many urban and suburban places where the prevailing winds have done their best to breed the balls off of the men who live there (and the women just cower...). Many of them have no point of reference about any other way of life - and actually believe the propaganda they've been fed... That's why our opponents have a ready supply of voters in too many places that will follow the "company line".

    Wish it weren't so and I'll bet that with a bit of assistance quite a few of them still have a backbone and would be more than willing to assist in their own defense.... As a cop, all those years ago... I can vividly remember going to calls that were "I heard a noise in my yard" from folks too timid to even look out the window. It left a lasting impression. I'm certain that out in the countryside, away from cities most are still pretty self reliant...
     
  13. WheelGunMan

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    Great story. Thanks for sharing.
     
  14. AZAndy
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    Your wife carries a Python? Holy moley. My hat is off to her. She is clearly a woman of breeding and refinement. It's all I can do to get my wife to put her S&W Model 36 in her bag occasionally, and she's lived in AZ all her life. ;)

    Well done, on both your parts, and congratulations on recognizing the usefulness of discretion and leaving the room at the right time. The ability to do that is a rare gift. I have a permanent mark from the times I've slapped my forehead and thought, "Why didn't I just shut up or leave the room?" As I age, I get better at it, but I won't live long enough for it to be completely natural.
     
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  15. Pat Riot
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    A lot of you folks would be surprised at how many Californians are not like jjadurbin’s neighbors, but I am pretty sure that you think we all are...people from California, I mean. :D
    I do live here but I wasn’t born or brainwashed here. ;)

    jjadurbin, good on you and your wife for helping these folks along.

    Unfortunately it takes a scenario like this to “wake” some people up. Glad the outcome wasn’t worse.
     
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  16. Hartkopf

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    The problem is the sheer volume of people from CA that are anti gun, Hillary loving communists. They outnumber people like you by what 5 to 1? Maybe 10 to 1?

    I bet one on one we could talk sense into those people (with firearm training) IF we can pull them away from they’re brainwashing liberal news channels.
     
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