Unless you live in the state of Texas, I encourage you to pay attention to what happened to a homeowner in Utah. The homeowner arrived at his house to find a suspicious vehicle in his driveway and his front door wide open.
He retrieved a gun from his car and attempted to hold the two people in his driveway at gunpoint. However, when they tried to drive away he shot at the vehicle in an attempt to disable it. What’s more, a burglar came out of the house and ran when he saw the homeowner, and the homeowner chased after the guy and ended up firing a shot.
When all was said and done, the burglar who came out of the house and the homeowner were both arrested and booked into jail. So what did this homeowner do wrong?
Ohhh where do I begin?
First off, this homeowner was either asleep during his concealed carry course or he didn’t pay attention whatsoever. Remember, you can only use deadly force when you are in fear for your life or seriously bodily injury. When the homeowner approached the car and the occupants tried to drive away, they were obviously no longer a threat.
Plus, trying to disable the car by shooting out a tire or shooting the engine block just proves he wasn’t in fear for his life. If he was, he would’ve shot the occupants and not the car.
And when the other burglar came out of the house and started running, it is never a good idea to chase after him, let alone shoot at him. Again, the burglar was running away so he is no longer a threat. Plus, if you chase him and do catch him you don’t know what knives, tools, or guns he has on him.
The fact is, this homeowner is very lucky…
That he didn’t hit the occupants in the car and that he didn’t hit the burglar he was chasing after. If he did, who knows how long he’d end up in jail. What this homeowner should have done is pulled over to the side of the street when he saw a suspicious vehicle in his driveway. He should have called 911 and given them the license plate and waited for police to arrive.
I realize that’s not the macho thing to do and most people will want to approach the car and confront the burglars. All I can say is this: If you do and they flee, just let them go. And if they don’t flee and you’re forced to shoot them, then you may end up wishing for the rest of your life you had just waited in your car and been a good witness.
In other words, resist the macho side we all have, and exercise self-discipline. Your life is far too important to have it ruined because some low-life burglar broke into your house to steal a TV and you felt the need to confront him or chase after him.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
I am a law abiding citizen and a private security officer who depends on my firearm for protection.
I am old school I believe in settling things with my fist one on one, but I work in a area were animals will fight one one at first then the loser will either pull a weapon or have his friends jump in. I am going to tell you what happen to me durring an arrest. I was chasing an 45 year old offender who just commited a sexual assault on a 16 year old child I chased him on foot for 12 blocks and I tackled him. I had no back up and I was by my self. I am a security officer so my only contact with police is by cell phone and in a foot chase is impossible to grab with that said, I caught him on 71st. and Ashland were 15 more black men came out of Food 4 Less and ran up on me with my back turned and yelling lets get this honkey I drew my gun for the first time in 6 years of working the street and as I sat my big but on the offender crushing his rib cage so I can protect him and me from imminant harm one and keep him from escaping two, I pointed my pistol and said the first one to take another step will be sent home in a body bag. One of the men said ha he only has 10 rounds I replyed with wrong gun this is a new one and it has a 15 round mag and one in the pipe so I'll take all of you out. Not knowing a driver passing by called 911 I had 30 police cars at my aid by the time I could say anything eles. I am a NRA and ISRA life member. I joined them because they insure my guns and insure my life free of charge. But I do agree with Wayne you missed the point. Here is another true story that happened on Dec 31st that will show you the point you missed. I was walking in to Walgreens to buy a red bull and a slim jim when I walked in a male black about 18 years old held a firearm in the cashiers face I drew my gun and used my trainning that I recieved from my companies acadamy and turned the offender to were I would not shoot an incent by-standard as I ordered the gunmen to drop his gun. I was able to turn him and get him out side as a police officer was pulling on scene not paying attention to what was happing got out of his patrol car and started to walk in to the line of fire I pushed the cop with everything I had and yelled gun. The gunmen then looked at the cop and took off on foot. We chaced him and caught him and recovered the gun. We went to court on this and all the 18 year old got was 2 days time considered served and 500 hours of community service and when all of that is done it will come off his record as it never happened. This is were we need to enforce our laws. We have the strictest gun laws in the nation and yet people in your capasity want to make it hard for people like me to protect my self. I get followed home from gang bangers who end up following me to a police station instead. These animals have high cappasity mags and I agree we don't need 32-100 round mags but we do need 15 - 30. When I bought my first semi auto it was a Glock and I noticed the label was white when I opened it up it came with 4 10 round mags and I used this as my duty weapon until I saved for another Glock. But I wanted to know why Glock color coded the gun boxes and here is what they told me a white label is for civilian use a blue label is security or lawenforcment and must present 4 pieces of identification to purchase one ( 1 Il Only state FOID or CWP, 2 Company ID, 3 State ID, 4 State issued PERC and FCC ) Red is for military and compition and require 6 forms to obtain that fire, because those are set for full auto and can only be used in compition and or military. I was also told if you compete there are more laws and rules and safety. That is the gun has to be completely torn down mags in a seperate lock box from the gun and you can not be in possesion of any amo when leaving the range. So I used my work ID's to obtain my new Glock. I also asked my gun store about how to purchase a AR-15 with 30 round mag capacity with day and night optics in a NATO 223 or 7.62 round for work. He told me because he liked the way Glock asked for proof I would have to take those same steps plus a letter head from the company I work for stating my training on a AR and my scores along with the area of which I am assigned and I complied and was able to purchase my AR. If I went in as a civilian I could have gotten a AR-15 with a 12 round mag 223, but I needed it to protect my self at work. However since I purchased it the dam thing sits in my gun safe or on my gun table being taken apart and together. My father collects guns and I am starting to do the same but I collect old rifles and revolvers and semi auto hand guns but unless they are for work I could care less what the mag capacity is but my Glock and Ar are used for work and like the police I need those rounds. I lay my life on the line for the last 6 years for people I don't know even the police example of this I went to New Orleans for Katrina relief and N.Y. to help search for people I don't know. I didn't take any oath of office or oath as lawenforcment but I have my own oath and that oath is this . I John Q. Public do swear to protect preserve and deffend the constitution of both the state of I am living in as well as working in and the U.S. Constition from both foriegn and domestic enemies. I will also faithfully protect the inocent and the weak I will go to court and sign complaints so the ones who live in fear wont have to I will lay my life on the line for any police officer or politician I will die deffending the community in which I work in. I am no hero but I do not need my elected employees to tell me what I can have in my guns that I use to protect the community, police,firemen,you, and any other person that comes on to my beat.