Man shoots gangbangers who attacked him in his yard.

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    Man shoots gangbangers who attacked him in his yard.

    This man is a hero. How many people would stick up to these gang banging thugs like this guy?

    Sorry for not having a link. I borrowed it from another forum, and didn't see a link. I hope yall enjoy this.


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    Patrick McCullough has been complaining to Oakland police about drug dealers for the past 10 years -- and telling the young men who congregate in front of his house at 59th Street and Shattuck Avenue to beat it.

    For his efforts, the 49-year-old has endured harassment, threats, vandalism and an assault in 2003.

    Then, during an evening rainstorm on Feb. 18, about 15 young men surrounded McCullough and shouted "snitch" and other taunts as he walked from his front door to his driveway.

    Someone hit him with a branch, and others threw punches. McCullough told police he had seen a 17-year-old reach for a gun, so he drew his own gun and shot his would-be assailant in the arm.

    "I'm a man, not a mouse nor a vigilante. I'm not looking for medals, just a safe neighborhood and peaceful existence," said McCullough, who grew up in a housing project on the south side of Chicago. "I don't believe in vigilantism under any circumstances. What I did and will continue to do is take my safety in my own hands."

    McCullough was arrested on suspicion of felony assault and is free on $15, 000 bail. Prosecutors are deciding whether to file charges against him or any of his assailants. McCullough has no criminal record and does not need a permit to keep the gun, which he purchased legally, on his property.

    "I expect we'll be making a decision next week," said Deputy District Attorney Jim Lee.

    Lt. Lawrence Green, who oversees patrols in North Oakland, is urging prosecutors to charge the wounded 17-year-old and some of his friends with felony assault. Green said the family of the 17-year-old has urged prosecutors to charge McCullough.

    "The reason that Patrick was assaulted by these suspects," Green said, "is that he stands up to drug dealers in a way that normal citizens do not."

    Even before the incident, Green had added patrols to the neighborhood, and a surveillance team left 59th Street about a half hour before the encounter. In the past two weeks, police have arrested seven men on drug charges within a block of McCullough's home, located in the 500 block of 59th Street.

    Green and other officers have advised McCullough to move away. But he and his wife, Daphne, refuse, saying they can't afford to buy a new place.

    They bought their home under a first-time buyer's program designed "to provide stability" in Oakland neighborhoods and would lose half their equity if they left before 2014.

    "We feel trapped right now," said McCullough, who worked his way through college as a taxi driver after a stint in the Navy. "I'm pretty much resigned that we should move. But I don't want to. We'd been planning to stay here."

    Some neighbors and friends think he's crazy to stay, but McCullough is a hero to others who have spent years trying to improve crime-ridden areas.

    "It would be a real shame for 59th Street and for Oakland if they move," said Don Link, chairman of Oakland's volunteer network Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils, who lives nearby. Link and others are urging prosecutors not to charge McCullough.

    If drug dealers think they can drive away active residents, "it could unravel community policing," he said.

    Bob Brokl, who has lived on 59th Street for more than 30 years, said, "I would move" if he were McCullough.

    "It's a shame because Patrick and his family are kind of ideal neighbors, '' Brokl said. "Patrick is not seeking confrontation. Patrick is just this genuine family guy who doesn't want to be forced out."

    Although the block has been tough for decades, the McCullough family lives in a part of North Oakland that is rapidly gentrifying and has seen a 21 percent drop in major crimes since 2003.

    A three-bedroom home about two blocks away recently sold for $731,000 after receiving 43 offers.

    Tom Nemeth, a neighbor, and 11 other residents filed several nuisance suits in small claims court against a 59th Street property owner who allegedly allowed a home on the same 500 block to be taken over by drug dealers. The case will be heard in late March. A similar successful suit in 2003 prodded the owner of troubled property on the same block to sell.

    The McCulloughs did not join that lawsuit but have twice sued the city to make a concrete traffic barrier on 59th Street a permanent structure. The steel and concrete barrier, originally a temporary measure, prevents vehicle traffic from entering off Shattuck.

    It was installed in 1993 at the request of residents after one of Oakland's most infamous killings, in which a man sprayed a neighborhood bar, Bosn's Locker -- now known as Dorsey's Locker -- with gunfire in 1992, killing two patrons and wounding eight others.

    Drug dealing and other problems have ebbed and flowed since 1994.

    The taunts and threats against McCullough were never accompanied by violence until 2003, when Wayne Camper, a former Newark Memorial High School football star, accused McCullough of calling the police on him and his friends. Camper and two others attacked him, police said.

    Camper's assault trial was dismissed without a verdict after he was shot to death on 58th Street on Aug. 5, 2003, during a feud between gangs from North Oakland and South Berkeley.

    That was about the time McCullough bought a gun.

    Things on 59th were somewhat quiet for about a year. But it got worse in August, when a vigil for Camper and homicide victim Robert Perry erupted in a melee.

    The McCulloughs dialed 911 and have called police several times a week ever since.

    Two days after his most recent incident, McCullough said a man who called himself "Cornbread" stopped by to say the young men would quit hanging out in front of the house when the family was home but wouldn't stop "business" on the street. He also warned McCullough to "be careful."

    "He said, 'These boys are crazy, and they don't care about nothing,' " McCullough said. "He didn't have to spell it out. I know it's not going to be toilet paper in the bushes."

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    If any of you has ever seen the movie "Robin and the Seven Hoods," it ends with the mob being chased by angry citizens. They remark that no one can stand against those odds.

    As a gun collector, I know that weapons of common calibre and make, like a Ruger 10/22, are cheap on the secondary market. Records are not kept on the billions of 22LR ammo made in this country.

    Even elderly people can fire those rifles. I often imagine what would happen if every time one of those bling covered Escalades pulled out for a drug deal and got sprayed with .22LR's from an angry community. What if every time a gang-banger smarted off to a retiree he got 10 shots to the knees.

    It would be a stitch to see bangers wearing the latest in designer combat helmets and lame' colored kevlar Armani suits. If every time a car back-fired or a firecracker went off and it caused a banger to change his drawers.

    Would the District Attorney even be willing to prosecute hundreds of 80 year old VOTING retirees?

    I can dream, can't I?

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    I like the way you think.
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    Only from a few clues could I figure out that this takes place in California. Why on Earth is a MAN like this living in granola-ville? He doesn't have a chance in liberal land. But I'm sure it'd be worse if he were living in say Chicago or NYC! This guy needs to move to a RED STATE!

    As far as a bunch of 80 year old folks DARING to challenge authority by way of voting, why have those same folks made the virulently ANT-GUN AARP the most powerful voice on capitol hill, even more dangerous than NRA? Most old folks, like most Jewish folks seem to be antigun, even flying in the face of history which is unrelenting on the topic of victimization of the weak and unarmed in all societies.
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    THis gentleman needs to move here, where sales of a Cali home will support retirement. AND, he is a gun person. He gets arrested for assault, forks out bond, and he was, (as far as I can see, not having access to the police report, and not "being there") in the right.So he loses his gun, most likely ALL of them, not allowed to purchase any more, (no private transfers in Cali), and will be set upon by the gangbagers, and killed horribly, possibly his whole family, as a "warning" to other would be good citizens. Sicne the Cali government is setting him up for this, by denying him both the speedy trial guarenteed by the Constitution, and the right to bear arms, defined by the same hallowed document, then when this retribution happens, surviving relatives should file as many lawsuits in as many venues as possible.
    2014 to collect the equity? Sir, the way Cali has set you up, you'll be lucky to be a live in April.....
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    Thumbs up S.O. Interceptor

    Thanks for posting this story.
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    I believe Oakland has Jerry Brown for mayor, he is ex gov of California. A fair kind of guy making sure there are no gun stores in Oakland. Come to think of it we don't have a gun store in our city of 260,000 either!!! No matter what this poor family man does to protect his family and way of life twisted law will come down on him. Why hasn't Jerry Brown visted this poor man and his family to offer city aid and protection???
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    For those calling for this man to move...

    The more reasonable people that move out, the less input that reasonable people will have in elections. Just think, if population trends of the last 20 years continue, the Democratic party could eventually have an electoral majority with just CA and the north-east.

    I'd prefer that more and more reasonable people would move to CA (that said, I'm staying right here). The only other long term solution I can see is to give the southern half of the state back to Mexico.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmidkiff
    For those calling for this man to move...

    The more reasonable people that move out, the less input that reasonable people will have in elections. Just think, if population trends of the last 20 years continue, the Democratic party could eventually have an electoral majority with just CA and the north-east.

    I'd prefer that more and more reasonable people would move to CA (that said, I'm staying right here). The only other long term solution I can see is to give the southern half of the state back to Mexico.
    That may be true, except for the significant population shift of the last ten years away from those regions, particularly the northeast, and into the "red" regions, particularly the southeast. That works in our favor, so long as those of us who live in the growing regions remain active and make sure that our red states stay red in spite of the influx of notheasterners.
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