We recently had an event this weekend that got everyone thinking. So much so, that the Arkansas State Police even discussed it with their officers.
In my area there have been several break ins and they were during the day, from around 10PM to 2 PM. The offenders, 3 of them, would scout out an area, check the activity, walk up to a front door, and beat on the door rather harshly. They would wait a minute or two and beat on the door again. If no one came up to the door, they would kick it in and enter the house.
One might notice the hours.This was because most married couples work during the day. This occurred in a rural neighborhood, nice houses with several acres of property,a pretty good spread of space in between houses,so that a neighbor might not notice what was happening.
They would by pass any guns that they saw, concentrating mostly on flat screen TV's and jewelry, anything that could be sold and not easily tracked at a pawn shop.
The first one would clear each room of the house, using a Glock 17 in the typical gang banging fashion, holding the gun sideways. Although he was somewhat sloppy in his technique, it would have afforded him an advantage if he did happen upon an unsuspecting homeowner.
How do we know this you might ask. All 3 were caught on a high quality camera that a husband set up in the overhead of a living room because he suspected that his wife was cheating on him, but that is another story. The video was great, lasting about 20 minutes and capturing each face so that there would be no doubt as to identity. They wont squirm out of this one.
The suspects were reported by an elderly woman that noticed a strange vehicle in a driveway. She watched from afar as 3 young black men kicked in the door an entered.The fact that there are no black people for several miles around made it even more suspect. As the area is fairly rural, it took several minutes for the Sheriffs to get there and as luck would have it, the Chief Deputy of the S.O. just happened to be in the area. He was in the right spot at the right time and drove right up on the suspect vehicle and called for backup. Several Deputy's,State Police and even the Constable for that area got into a short chase where eventually they came to a stop and were taken down in a felony stop.
As it turns out, the 3 thugs were gang-bangers from Little Rock. They would drive up during the day, make a hit and return to LR with the goods were they were disposed of quickly. After a search of their apartments by the LRPD, many items were found that linked them to many other crimes, all in rural parts of the state where there was little chance of being caught. The evidence was linked to crimes several years old, and they were even linked in at least two events where shots were fired. After interviews with the armed one, he pretty much stated that he would have shot anyone that happened upon them.
Now, this is were the discussion starts.
All of us have at one time or another been asleep on the couch. As many of us have long driveways, large houses with several acres and most of us take our guns off when we get home, here is the the big "what if" question.
What if you had been asleep on the couch, in your bedroom or where ever and it took you a few minutes to wake up or get your clothes on? If you had met a gang-banger that could care less if you had lived or died, COULD you be able to respond with deadly force? Would you have been able to run back to the bedroom, nightstand or where ever it was that you kept you gun or would you have been shot?
The Troops in the ASP, when discussing this very thing, all of them admitted that they more than likely would have been shot. At the conclusion of the discussion they decided that they would from here on out, be armed...always. In the house, at church, wherever they were at, no matter what they were doing, mowing the yard, taking out the trash, trimming trees or tending the garden, they would ALWAYS be armed.
Times are changing. People are getting crazier by the day. You may live in a great neighborhood where no one would even think to carry a gun because things like that just don't happen there.
Ask yourself what the outcome would be if it happened to you and be honest. Would you live through it or would you be just another horror story of a robbery gone bad in the local newspaper?