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    That's just a few miles from my house. And Sarasota has a reputation for being old and sleepy, but we've had something like 12 violent break-ins over the last few months where middle-aged and older women have been beaten and raped. It's been pretty bad. It even got my wife thinking about carrying.

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    If the post office gives Mr. Firgy any grief I would think a lot less of them. A man who tries to protect himself and his family deserves better then that. It's sad that the two boys who seemed to have a lot going for themselves would stoop to committing armed robbery. What a taste this is.

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    “He was looking at dying,” said Sarasota Police Capt. Bill Spitler. “And he has every right to defend himself.”
    It's that simple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goawayfarm View Post
    Hope Firby keeps his mouth shut & keeps his job!
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    I'm just impressed there was a "positive" article about CC.
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    Good job Mr. Firby but let's talk about getting a more potent firearm and a lot more practice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by InspectorGadget View Post
    There are a number of side neighborhoods between work and home. I have driven them many times to be familiar with the terrain. If I see a car making turns with me, I start weaving through the neighborhoods. I also have the location of the nearest Police stations. If they keep following through the neighborhoods, I call 911 and arrange a meeting for my new friends. The one thing I never do is go home if I think I am being followed. I don't even use my real address on paperwork, I love my UPS store.
    That was the first thing I noticed (well, after the caliber of the weapon). Why on earth would you drive to your house if you think you are being followed ?! I would under no circumstances lead them to where my wife and children live. I'd rather be on my own on a deserted road!

    On the other hand, like they say, "I'd rather be lucky than good."

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    While I agree that he needed something larger than a .380, maybe he has arthritis or something and that is the best caliber he can handle. At least he had a handgun and, as an EMT, I have seen two people die as a result of a Bersa Thunder .380. The post office should give him a raise!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    Good job Mr. Firby but let's talk about getting a more potent firearm and a lot more practice!
    Good point. Last summer when I completed LFI-1, I had Masaad sign the book he gave us to use as the text for the course. When I got home I read what he wrote. He told me to get a bigger gun. I had a .380. Between that and the fact that I was the only knucklehead in the course with that small a caliber, I saw the light.

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    Target of Sarasota robbery shoots his assailant

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    Detectives say Ellis and Ray were cruising Sarasota looking for someone to rob, and that it was Ray who gave Ellis the shotgun.

    Firby says he had $5 on him.

    “It wasn’t a whole lot of money,” Firby says, “but you do what you have to do when you’re looking down the business end of a shotgun.”(snipsnip)
    This sounds to me like Firby originally bought into the idea that he might be able to choose between giving up some money and being involved in violence.

    Bandits don't have xray vision, nor are they psychic. Bandits rob people because they /might/ have something worth stealing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socal2310 View Post
    That was the first thing I noticed (well, after the caliber of the weapon). Why on earth would you drive to your house if you think you are being followed ?! I would under no circumstances lead them to where my wife and children live. I'd rather be on my own on a deserted road!

    On the other hand, like they say, "I'd rather be lucky than good."

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    I don't have kids at home....I do however have a wife that is a good shot & a larger choice of firearms to respond with in case of trouble. Not to mention I know the terrain............

    (...Besides I have a cemetery out back to place the remains...no muss no fuss!)
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    (...Besides I have a cemetery out back to place the remains...no muss no fuss!)

    I would not lead Them to My house either and I live alone. But I like Your thinking.

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    Good for him. That is a good shooting and I'm proud of him AND his wife for being prepared.
    Protection is a responsibility not just a right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socal2310 View Post
    That was the first thing I noticed (well, after the caliber of the weapon). Why on earth would you drive to your house if you think you are being followed ?! I would under no circumstances lead them to where my wife and children live. I'd rather be on my own on a deserted road!

    On the other hand, like they say, "I'd rather be lucky than good."

    Ryan
    You raise a valid point about not driving to your home if you think that you are being followed. As best I can recall, I've read that the best thing you can do is drive to a well lit area, a police station, etc. If you realize that it's "not your imagination" and you are being followed the LAST thing you need to do is drive to your home.

    If I suspect that I'm being followed I have a trick I do to verify if someone is following me. I call it my "two right-hand turn" rule. I'll make two sudden right hand turns in a row. The odds of the same vehicle having to make the same right-hand turns are extremely low. That's when I start driving to a well lit area while calling the police to report the suspicious vehicle. I have no intention of leading a BG to my residence.
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    Good for the defender, shooter. Too bad his shot was low. My guess is the scum will be back on the street in six months. Although, did FL not pass a law several years back that required a longer sentence if a firearm is used in a crime?
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    Seems like the .380 did its job and Firby and potenially his wife were protected.

    One poster to the news from the station posted the following somewhat naive statement

    The only problem I see with this story is that the victim should have been carrying a .45 or .357 magnum. A .380 is NOT much of a personal defense weapon.

    That bug did the protection job just fine.
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