Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

He suffered a breakdown of the victim-selection process. Fairfield Police: Would-Be Robber Shot by Store Clerk | FOX40. Even in the People’s Republic of California, self-defense works.

What you can’t see or hear in the video are shots fired. Fairfield police say one of the clerks, fearing for his safety, opened fire at the would-be robber, sending him to the hospital.

Oh, and it being California, neighbors customers were shocked.

“Everybody’s kind of shocked a little bit,” said Williams.

Williams is the clerk’s close friend and a loyal customer. She’s disturbed by what happened to her friend.

“What if I woud have been here? Just a lot of thoughts,” Williams said

Because apparently she thought that she lived and her friend worked in Pleasantville, where such things don’t happen. She didn’t realize that she lived in the Real World™ where crime can and often does happen. And not just to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.”

Self-defense in Cincinnati – and Neighbors Were Shocked

You can file this under “If you break into houses, you will eventually find an armed resident.” Police identify victim in Madisonville fatal shooting

Cincinnati was at one time a fairly anti-gun city. The media were outright hostile to gun owners (where were the not?) and the city counsel did a lot to make gun owners unwelcome. The Ohio CCW law changed some of that, though not all. That makes even a relatively neutral story on lethal self-defense just a little bit amazing to me.

Police went to 6615 Roe St. about 1 p.m. Saturday for a possible burglary-in-progress call. They said a resident in the house fired at least one shot, killing the suspected burglar.

The reporter seems to be a bit vague on homicide versus murder, but he is clearly trying to be neutral.

Oh and the neighbors were shocked surprised to discover that they live in the Real World™ where crime can occur.

“It’s surprising that it took place in this neighborhood, especially in the daytime,” [a neighbor] said.

The fact is that if you can read this, then you don’t live in Mayberry or Pleasantville, and not residing in those mythic locations you live in an area where crime can (and probably does) happen from time to time, even if it doesn’t happen very often. Make your plans accordingly.

Armed Self-defense in Greater-Miami, and the Neighbors Were Shocked

An attempt at armed home-invasion in the middle of the day. Repulsed by the homeowner. Hialeah Homeowner Shoots & Kills Intruder, 3 Others Flee « CBS Miami

They got in through the garage and a struggle first ensued between them and the adult homeowner. However, that guy was able to grab a gun and fire it, striking one of the suspect

The kind of story that I cover in this blog all the time.

Then the neighbors were shocked – shocked! – to discover that they live in the Real World™ and not in some fantasy land.

“Usually this is a very quiet neighborhood,” said George Martinez. “I am stunned.”

His reaction was one of the calmest.

If you can read this, then you do not live in Mayberry, or Pleasantville, you in fact live in the Real World where crime is a possibility. (I am also sorry to tell you that crime isn’t something that happens to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.” It can happen to you.)

Father Shot While Defending Family

He did exactly what parents are supposed to do; defend their children. Father Shot Twice While Defending Family From Armed Robbers « CBS Philly

His wife and his 4 daughters were upstairs when 2 intruders forced their way into his home.

Chief Inspector Scott Small says, “There was a struggle between the 27-year-old homeowner and these two males. One of the perpetrators did shoot the homeowner two times, in his mouth and his leg.”

Small says the homeowner managed to return fire, fatally shooting one of the men in the head.

This father is in hospital in serious condition.

The other bad guy ran like a rabbit.

Neighbors are shocked of course.

The police spokesman said that you have to defend your family.

“I know [if] someone came into my house, I’m going to protect my family to the fullest, that’s all I can say.”

Self-defense is a human-right.

Neighbors Were Shocked

They were shocked to discover that they live in the Real World™ and not in some idyllic fantasy land. Man shot three times in ‘quiet’ West Mobile neighborhood – WBRC FOX6 News – Birmingham, AL

It was a quiet neighborhood, where “nothing like that” happens. Because as far as the residents were concerned, crime is something that “happens in other kinds of places, to other kinds of people.” Turns out they were wrong.

A guy was shot 3 times and left in a driveway. (He has non-life-threatening injuries.)

“I said, what’s going on? And they said, someone was shot. I said, you have got to be kidding me…because nothing like that happens in this neighborhood,” says [the clueless neighbor].

Here is a hint: If you can read this, then you life in the Real World™ and not in Mayberry nor in Pleasantville. And in the Real World, bad things can happen, eve to good people, even in nice neighborhoods.

Feeling Safe Versus Being Safe

The stabbing death of the USC professor is certainly a tragedy. But it doesn’t have a material impact on campus safety. That is, nothing has changed. Grad Student Held in Stabbing Death of USC Professor Bosco Tjan – Higher Education

The campus is mourning; colleagues are remembering, etc.

But the snowflakes are waking up to the fact that they are not safe in the ivory tower.

While those killings raised concerns about the safety of international students, this new killing has some on the USC campus wondering about their own general safety.

Zhongtang Li, a teaching assistant and fourth-year doctoral student in chemical engineering from Shanxi, China, told the Los Angeles Times he does not feel as safe as before.

I have news for your, cupcake, you are exactly as safe as you have ever been. Which is to say, you are and have always been, at risk. You do not live in Pleasantville, but in the Real World™ where bad things can happen.

(Side note: has there been a call universal knife control in the wake of this killing, and I just haven’t heard it? Background checks and waiting periods before you can buy those steak knives?)

Neighbors Were Shocked

You think you live in an area where crime never happens? You are wrong. Oviedo homeowner shoots alleged intruder

Fairly standard story of a bad-guy trying to break into a home attracting the attention of an armed homeowner. He was shot when he charged at the homeowner. (Floridians are almost as heavily armed as Texans.)

The neighbor was shocked startled by the fact that crime happens in that neighborhood.

“I’ve been here almost 30 years, nothing ever happens like that out here,” said [the neighbor]. “It’s just unbelievable.”

Because apparently he thought that crime happened in “different kinds of places,” to “different kinds of people,” and that he was immune to the problems of society. He was wrong.

If you are reading this, then you live in the Real World™, and that is a place where crime can (and does) happen. You are not immune. You may be at a statistically decreased chance of being the victim of a crime, but the probability is not zero.

As for the bad guy, he got carted off to the hospital by police.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.