A Gated Community Is Not a Guarantee of Safety

I’m not sure if this qualifies under “neighbors were shocked” or not. Everyone is mostly mad. (One person admitted to being scared.) Shooting In NE Miami-Dade Has Residents Of Busy Gated Community On Edge « CBS Miami

CBS dropped the “gated” part from the metadata of the article, even though the Headline reads as above. Not sure why they did that.

Details aren’t clear, and I’ve read several articles on this story. It doesn’t help that CBS Miami is struggling with English grammar and spelling. But 2 guys apparently shot and killed a young man who was sitting in a car. (He attempted to drive away, but not in time.)

The neighbors?

Emotions ran high as family and friends began to show up. Some let out their frustration on the media standing by, crashing into a tripod, nearly missing reporters and photographers.

As police search for witnesses and a motive, neighbors worry.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before. I’ve never heard of this before,” one resident said.

“Anything can happen anywhere, but I’m really surprised,” Rene Amador said.

Anger is understandable, though taking out your anger on the media isn’t probably the best course of action. Being worried and scared is understandable, but why “surprised?” Did you think your gated community meant you weren’t part of the Real World™? And “I’ve never heard of this before?” Really? You’ve never heard of gun crime? What a special life you’ve lead. (There’s a quote in The Lord of the Rings to the effect… you can fence yourself in, but you cannot completely fence the world out. The problems of the world will spill over the boundaries of your fences.)

I usually use the phrase “There are no guarantees in this life save for death and next winter’s snow” in relation to Cooperating with Criminals. That is a strategy to ensure your safety. Living in a gated community is also a strategy. It is also not a guarantee. (That quote is from somewhere in the greater Darkover series by Marion Zimmer Bradley.)

Not All Electronica Music is Dance

People have the idea that all electronic music or electronica is dance music. And while a lot of it is, some of it tends more to the classical end of things.

Lesiëm was a German “music project” that mixed elements of Gregorian Chant and other choral music with electronica. I find the results (mostly) haunting. Well some of them anyway. Lesiëm was active from 1999 until 2005.

This is “Fundamentum” from their first album, Mystic Spirit Voices which was released in 2000.

Commuters Were Shocked

Even in Chicago, people seem to think that crime is something that happens in “other kinds of places.” ‘You’re fearing for your life’: Passenger recalls CTA subway shooting – Chicago Tribune

So a Chicago Transit Authority train stops and the doors open, and someone on the platform opens fire. Apparently targeting a specific individual. So folks are shocked to learn that crime is a thing in Chicago.

“I was just very shocked that something so violent could happen in the Loop in the early evening,” [a commuter] said. “It just seemed really beyond the level of what I was expecting. It was scary.”

I’m sorry, but Chicago, which is in the middle of a really bad year for shootings, is not Pleasantville. Not even the Loop is immune. If you are riding the subway or the elevated trains in Chicago you are most definitely in the Real World™ and should be prepared for whatever. Of course it being Chicago you are mostly disarmed, and being the CTA you are completely disarmed. So there’s that. But they haven’t made it illegal to have some common sense. (I’m sure they are trying to figure out how to tax it.)

The Reality of Domestic Orders of Protection

The reality is simple: A court order is just a piece of paper. Domestic abuse victims express frustration with protection order process

The order has to be served before it is active. They expire and the extensions need to be served before they are in effect. If the cops/whoever can’t serve the order, you are on your own. Of course even if there is an order in place, it is still just a piece of paper.

“I’ve had tons of people tell me that, you know, the only thing that’s gonna protect your kids and you, is you. That paper isn’t gonna do anything,” said [a woman struggling with an abusive ex].

If you need an order of protection, then you need a plan for your personal safety. (In this case the woman is also worried about her kids.) Even if there is an order of protection, the cops don’t have a duty to protect you. They are helpful after the fact, but the fact of abuse can be pretty awful.

They Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

They thought it would be a good idea to rob a Verizon store. They were wrong. Robbery suspect shot as he, store clerk exchange fire in Inver Grove – Twin Cities

It appears the store clerk was approached in the rear of the store by two men, one of them brandishing a gun.

While being held at gunpoint, the clerk drew his own gun from his waistband and shot the suspect with the gun.

When shots were fired, the 2nd would-be bad-guy ran like a rabbit.

The bad-guy who got shot is in hospital.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Terror Attack in Barcelona

I honestly don’t know what to say about this. Another van has plowed into another crowd of pedestrians in Europe. Barcelona terror attack: van crashes into crowd at Las Ramblas, killing ‘at least 13’

A white van plowed into a packed summer crowd this evening in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district. Barcelona police called it a terror attack and local media reported 13 dead and dozens more injured.

As for why I feel at a loss… nothing seems to change.

While full details of the incident were not immediately clear, since July 2016 vehicles have been used to ram into crowds in a series of militant attacks across Europe, killing well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm.

Does anyone expect any of this to stop any time soon?

Self-defense in Georgia

There was some kind of dispute. It ended when one guy kicked in the back door of the other guy’s home. Homeowner fires several shots after man kicks in door of home | WSB-TV

After the homeowner fired a couple of shots, there was a fist fight (apparently).

“When deputies came out, there was so much blood they were unable to ascertain whether he was shot or not,” Newton County sheriff’s Sgt. Cortney Morrison said.

The homeowner will not face charges because you in Georgia your home is your castle. That and self-defense is a human-right.