If I found myself unarmed, I might or might not fight back against a single assailant. Under no circumstances would I do so if vastly outnumbered like this guy.
Unfortunately, in this state discretion is left up to individual sheriffs as to whether or not to issue concealed carry permits. In some counties, such as Kern County, concealed carry permits are easily obtained, in others such as Los Angeles County, they are virtually impossible. In Ventura County, where this incident took place, the old sheriff and the new have a policy in place that is in between those two counties and require the applicant demonstrate a compelling need such as transporting large amounts of cash, needing to be in remote areas or being under a specific threat. The bad news is, this man was defenseless against a group of thugs. The good news is, he now fits the criteria for a qualified applicant for a concealed carry permit. Not everyone is lucky enough to survive for a second chance.
Bear in mind that the city where this occurred is one of the safest for its size in the entire country and while it was getting dark, it wasn't very late.
10 people indicted in beating of Thousand Oaks man
By Raul Hernandez
Posted July 21, 2010 at 3:35 p.m.
Five adults and five juveniles were indicted today for the severe, gang-related beating of a 22-year-old man in Thousand Oaks in May, a crime that was captured on a camera.
Named in the indictments handed down by the Ventura County Grand Jury on July 2 are 10 alleged members of Conejo Valley Locos, a violent Thousand Oaks criminal street gang.
“The grand jury indictment was unsealed and served upon the defendants at this time,” said prosecutor Joann Roth said after today’s court proceeding.
Named as defendants are Victor Ramon, 16; Gustavo Enrique Bonilla, 17; Jonathan Alinei, 16; Abraham Carpio Alonso, 21; Victor Anthony Lopez, 17, Matthew Thomas Wilkinson, 23, Jelani Villasenor, 17; Edward Joseph Kolodziej, 25; David Alejandro Hernandez, 18 and Jason Schreiber, 25.
All of the defendants, who are being represented by 10 criminal defense lawyers, pleaded not guilty to the charges. Defendants are being held in jail with bails ranging from $100,000 to $200,000.