An unwitting Shelby County, Ala., homeowner unknowingly helped in the capture of four inmates who had escaped from a Georgia prison. When the citizen arrived home early one morning, he found four men attempting to rob his house. (They had apparently broken in just as he pulled up, from working the night shift).
The homeowner retrieved his gun (that he legally carries in his truck) and fired, hitting one in the face. The men fled but dropped off (pitched the son of a bitch out in the store parking lot) their injured conspirator at a nearby store so that he could get medical attention (They didn’t give a damn about his medical attention they just wanted the bloody fool out of the vehicle that they had stolen earlier).
Shortly thereafter, the three other men were apprehended in the area without incident (With the aid of other armed citizens).
The homeowner was not charged, according to the local district attorney, because, “If we as a society ever get to the point where people are not entitled to defend themselves in their own home, then the law has totally lost its perspective.”
I was around when this took place and the local store mentioned is three miles from my house and the location this took place in is about three and a quarter miles from my house. The comments in bold are mine.
An incident that occurred with me happened in Birmingham. I was helping my wife in a child custody case against her ex husband and was coming out of our lawyers office. It was about 2:30 on a Friday afternoon in the middle of June the temperature was in the high eighties or low nineties. A man was standing on the corner just in front of my lawyer’s office and I was passing on my way to my truck.
The guy was wearing a heavy black coat, had a pair of shoes hanging around his neck and had a towel laid over his left hand. Suspicion meter kicks on.
I had about two blocks to walk to my truck (parking in Birmingham is a pain in the butt), as I walked past he asked if I knew where highway 280 was from where we were standing. I replied that it was about two blocks in the opposite direction of which he was facing.
He smiled and said, You aint from around here is you?
I said No I live in Shelby County but I come up here all the time.
He said I’ve been living in Birmingham all my life. Suspicion meter moves from moderate to reason for concern.
I said Well then you should know where highway 280 is.
He stuck out his right hand and said You got me there man.
I don’t shake hands with too many people especially with people who have their other hand covered up.
I just said have a good day and continued walking. Suspicion meter moves up to medium high.
After I had gotten about fifteen paces from him (yes I kept my eye on him to see what he was doing) another guy stepped out of the bushes and fell in with him walking up the street in the same direction I was walking.
In a couple of minutes a woman stepped out from a building and walked toward me, I passed her and noticed that she was steadily looking me over as we passed. I’m not a pretty man and am damn sure nothing for anybody to be looking at like she was looking at me. Suspicion meter pegs out.
I notice that when she gets to the two guys she turns and falls in step with them.
When I get to where my truck is parked I take out my keys and walk to the driver side (street side) of my pickup.
The shoe wearing guy says, Hey man hold up a minute. They increase their speed from a fast walk to a trot toward my position. I failed to mention that I am a legal concealed carrier. I removed the AMT Backup II from my back pocket so that they can see it and place it on the dash of my truck with my hand resting on the grip.
I never pointed it at them. Never had to. They saw that I was armed and turned an ran. I spoke with a Birmingham police officer later and he was more concerned about why I was carrying a firearm than he was about doing a report . Since they didn’t actually rob me (although he said that was their intent) no crime was committed. He also said that robberies like that was an everyday occurrence there.
All of this reinforced my belief that police officers especially in the larger cities don’t care unless they have to respond to something like this and that if you are willing to trust someone else with your safety (police included) then you are a fool.
So picture this scenario. You wife is across town at the supermarket. A rapist with aids is closing in on her.
She has two minutes (which is about one minute and fifty-five seconds more than she would have in reality) to make a choice of which item to use to save her life. A condom, a cell phone, pepper spray or a firearm.
Which do you think she would be better off using?
A rapist doesn’t worry much about condoms.
By the time she gets 911 on the phone it would be too late, and the rapist will have done what he started out to do before the police to finally get there.
Pepper spray? I hope it isn’t windy, and although it works to an extent on people that are not using drugs pepper spray hardly effects someone on crystal meth, if anything it makes them irate.
A firearm makes a big difference in these type of situations. In fact most of the time you don’t even have to fire it just letting someone see that you are willing to shoot them usually changes their minds even if they are cracked up or on meth.
Never give up your rights for a false sense of safety.