February 12th, 2009 10:55 AM
BAD:Armed Gang Hunting for Drugs Holds Up Dinner Party at Wrong Address
A British family settling down for a dinner party were held up by an armed gang who burst into their house and threatened their 5-year-old daughter.
The gang of up to five men, all wearing hats or hoods with scarves covering their faces, demanded that the terrified owners and their two guests tell them where they "kept the drugs."
The family could not give the gang what they wanted because the men had targeted the wrong home in Croydon, South London.
Frustrated at their lack of success, the gang threatened to hurt the young girl and a shot was fired.
The family and friends were waiting for another couple on Saturday night when there was a knock at the door. When the homeowner opened the door he was confronted by the masked gang who forced him back into the dining room.
He suffered minor injuries as he was bundled back into the house and was hit with the gun.
The little girl began crying and the gang said they would hurt her unless the adults handed over the drugs.
Eventually the gang was persuaded that there were no drugs in the house, so they took everyone's cell phones and jewelry.
"The line we are taking is that this was an entirely innocent family and the gang have got the wrong house and thought it contained drugs," a police source told The Times. "It was absolutely terrifying for the family. They are traumatized and do not want any of their personal details released."
Police believe the handgun was fired accidentally.
"We are following several lines of enquiry, one of which is that the suspects may have targeted the wrong address," Detective Sergeant Simon Mitchell said.
I thought Great Britain was supposed to be safer because guns have been outlawed. This is proof that Gun Bans only disarm LAW ABIDING citizens. Pro-Gun groups should be tallying these stories.
February 12th, 2009 12:39 PM
February 12th, 2009 12:41 PM
I was thinking the same thing.
I thought Great Britain was supposed to be safer because guns have been outlawed. This is proof that Gun Bans only disarm LAW ABIDING citizens.
February 12th, 2009 12:48 PM
How could this happen ?. I am lost for words.
February 12th, 2009 12:51 PM
Wow! Thanks bbernard. This might just be the harbinger of what our country will become with the new adminsitration. The thugs have guns but the homeowner doesn't. The home invasion happens and the BG's have enough time to figure out that they made a mistake then work out a "plan b" and take cell phones and jewelry. Also notice how the police and the reporter downplayed the role of the gun as a possible accidental discharge despite the fact that it was used in a home invasion and as a bludgeon. ...And this from the country that is our closest ally.
We can all posture and predict what we would do in this situation...CCW in our hand under the newspaper...shottie behind the door...SA practice of using the peep hole (with the hall or foyer lights off)...wife in an overwatch position with an HK91 up on the stairway (my favorite) but the truth is that we probably need to take political action. IMHO we need to send this news report and others like it to our senators and congressmen and plead with them not to turn our Democratic Republic into simpering socialism. I know I'm "crossing the streams" here and this is not a political thread but it really scares me that we may be so focused on our individual security tactics and general cynicism that we miss the point that what we are really all about is the freedom to defend what we love and have worked for.
...Just my two cents.
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