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.)

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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.)

Neighbors Were Shocked…

Apparently the homeowner who shot the bad-guy was not available for interview. Neighbors fearful after intruder shot, killed in East Columbus – WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

The real story:

Investigators confirming to News Leader 9 a homeowner shot 23-year-old Derrick Cureton of Phenix City. The homeowner, apparently defending themselves from the suspected intruder.

But all of the quotes are from a “scared” neighbor, who didn’t realize that break-ins could happen in their locale.

“That scares me. It scares me because a lot of people in this neighborhood are single parents,” said one concerned neighbor who asked us not identify her, for fear of being targeted.

Nothing has changed. She is just at risk today, as she was last week. She always lived in the Real World™, she just refused to face facts.

Sounds Like She Did Exactly What Parents Are Supposed to do

Parents should protect their children. Police: Marietta mother shoots & kills suspected intruder

Investigators said the female resident called 911 shortly after 2 a.m. and told the operator a man had attempted to break into her home on Griggs Street. The woman told authorities she had a gun, so she shot the intruder.

Cops found 1 dead guy at the residence.

Since police detest the idea that you are not completely dependent on them for your safety, they are questioning the mother of 3 children trying to determine why they can’t charge with disrespecting their authority. Or something.

Seems pretty straight forward to me. If you come to my house, uninvited at 2 AM, you will likely get a similar reception.

Meanwhile, neighbors police were shocked to discover that crime doesn’t happen in “other kinds of places” or “to other kinds of people.” They were shocked that the golf course didn’t offer some protection from reality.

This is a quiet area. One way in, one way out. There’s a golf course on one side, it’s a beautiful area,” Officer Chuck McPhilamy told FOX 5’s Kaitlyn Pratt.

Beautiful areas are still part of the Real World™ and have to expect all the problems that entails.

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

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.)