Thursday, November 30, 2006

More on the Dead Home Invader

And other takes on the whining going on all over America.

This story started a couple of days ago.... but it isn't over.

If you put yourself in a bad situation, you should not be surprised (or the survivors shouldn't whine) if bad things happen. - The View from the Ground, Patrick J. Shanahan
We had another similar case here in the Minneapolis area, in which a home invader was surprised to be met by the 73 year old homeowner with a shotgun. Who shot him. And killed him. It turned out that the invader was a 17 year old kid who probably assumed that the rundown house was abandoned. We have already heard the stories begin to trickle out as to what a fine brother and son he was. I have no doubt that is true. I also…..Don’t care! You go breaking into houses in the middle of the night it doesn’t really matter how fine a brother you are. Act like a burglar? Prepare to get shot. Tough cookies.
I don't care how "good" he was outside of this incident.... not really. The only thing important is that he did something that made someone with a gun fear him. End of story.

I don't agree with all of the stuff Mr. Shanahan comes up with, but I do agree with this: put yourself in harms way, don't be surprised if you suffer harm. Don't want to get shot? A good first step is to avoid breaking into homes.... whether you think they are empty or not. As this case illustrates, you may be wrong.

What would you do if a stranger broke into your house in the middle of the night and showed up in your bedroom? Would you ask them what kind of relationship they had with their various family members? I know what I would do.

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