Neighbors Were Shocked

But then they usually are. Investigators: Man shot, killed in Whitehall Township after answering front door.

Guy answers his front door at about 5:30 AM. Gets killed. Police are investigating. (More details at the link.)

The neighbors? They didn’t think that they lived in The Real World™ where crime can, and all too often does, happen.

Neighbor Shannon Gallagher awoke to police tape and cop cars outside her window.

“I was scared, still scared, I’m going to talk to the cop right now. We don’t know anything and it’s scary.

Which I grant you, isn’t really being shocked.

“Something like that I would not expect. I’ve been living here seven years now, never seen anything like this. Never had any issues with the neighborhood,” [neighbor Afif Salloum] said.

I am sorry to tell you, but if you are reading this, you don’t live in Pleasantville, and Andy Talyor isn’t the sheriff of your little community. You too live in The Real World™. Crime is not something that happens to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.” There may be statistically more or less crime in you zip code, but the possibility exists. You should plan accordingly.

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You Are Not Protected By Your Zip Code

A fairly typical case of self-defense, and a fairly typical case of neighbors being shocked. Woman confronts intruder inside Eastern Shore home.

Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Captain Cliff Cadenhead said, “The current homeowner was actually in the bathtub and she had two young juvenile children who were in the house also, and the kids heard some movement or whatever going on in the house, would go out there and look and see someone in the house that shouldn’t be in the house.”

Sheriff’s officials say the children told their mother and she told them to get out of the house

But they didn’t get out of the house, and their mother did get a firearm. There was a brief struggle, and the intruder was shot.

And the neighbors were shocked to discover that they live in The Real World™ and not some fantasy land.

Another neighbor, … said, “It’s surprising. It’s a really nice neighborhood. I haven’t met these people specifically, but I met a lot of people in the neighborhood and its always been a calm neighborhood.”

If you can read this, I am sorry to tell you that you too live in The Real World™ where crime can, and too often does, happen. Your neighborhood is not “too nice for crime.” Crime is not something that happens to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.” You are not immune. You should plan accordingly.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Even in Deep-blue Philadelphia, self-defense works. And the neighbors are shocked. Philadelphia store employee shoots, kills armed robbery suspect, police say.

The man was trying to rob the store when the lone employee inside – who has a permit to carry a firearm – fired at the would-be robber multiple times, striking him.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. And the neighbors?

Debra Earle, who lives nearby, said she was rattled by what happened at the store.

“Very upsetting, very upsetting,” she told FOX29. “You can’t feel safe walking down the street paying your phone bill right down the street from your home.”

She was never safe. But she lived in a bubble where she was able to delude herself into thinking she was safe. And it’s the 21st Century where facts are irrelevant and the only thing that counts is “Feeling safe.” Not actually being safe. She wasn’t safe last week. She isn’t safe today. Do you think she will consider some type of self-defense? A kubaton? Pepper spray? Anything? I doubt it. In a month, she will “feel safe” again. She still won’t be safe.

Neighbors Are Shocked

Shocked to discover that their zip code doesn’t protect them from crime. Police say attempted burglary leaves one man shot to death in Spring Park.

One person is dead, and another detained. Cops won’t say if it is a homeowner or intruder who was shot. So, on to the neighbors.

“There’s crime everywhere, but I didn’t expect it around the block,” neighbor Melanie Blackburn said. “It’s concerning. That shouldn’t happen in the neighborhood.”

If you can read this, then you live in The Real World™ and not Mayberry RFD or Pleasantville. And in the Real World crime can, and sometimes does happen. Unless you live in a gated community, with guards, where you live doesn’t ensure no crime. Statistics are all about averages, not absolutes.

The Media Is Not Giving Us the Whole Story. Again

It’s almost like they are biased against gun owners. Texas homeowner shoots man he caught sleeping in front yard, deputies say.

They are going on and on about the guy being asleep. He had been asleep. Past tense. Then the attack started.

The man had allegedly been sleeping in the yard, and the homeowner woke him up. That’s when he confronted the man and got into a physical fight with him on the lawn.

When the man lunged at him, the homeowner opened fire, hitting him in the arm and abdomen.

Neighbors are shocked to discover that they live in The Real World™ and in Texas. Before he was shot, he was banging on doors and banging on cars in the neighborhood.

Neighbor Melissa Elrod said the commotion of the banging on her garage door woke up her daughter around 4:30 a.m. Moments later, she heard shots.

“It’s scary, it’s scary. My daughter is five feet from that,” Elrod said.

Self-defense is a human-right.

First He Got Shot, Then He Got Arrested

I’m guessing his day didn’t go the way he planned. Suspect shot then arrested following burglary call in Sherwood. And neighbors were shocked.

He apparently knew someone in the house.

The incident happened on Tuesday night at a home on Community Cove, according to an arrest report.

“The suspect was gone when we got there,” Sgt. Drew Edwards says.

Edwards says Calloway left the scene shortly after getting shot and took himself to a nearby hospital.

Cops arrested him at the hospital. The neighbors?

The crime has some neighbors shaken up, despite living in a place that they otherwise describe as safe.

“We’ve got police cars that come down through here two or three times a day,” Vicki LaSpina says, who lives just a few blocks away from where it happened.

Because they didn’t realize they were living in The Real World™ where crime can and sometimes does happen. Oh, and self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense in Memphis

Oh, and neighbors are shocked scared. East Memphis woman shoots burglar after he kicks down her door.

He was looking for somebody. He found somebody, but not who he was looking for.

Police say William Barnes was shot after he kicked in the front door of a home on South Holmes Street. Four days later the shooting still has one neighbor traumatized

The guy who got shot – several times – ended up at a local hospital, where he was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary.

The neighbor? She shocked and dismayed to discover that she lives in The Real World™ and some fantasy land.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do right now. I mean, it’s so disturbing that this happened.”

After a week she says that. (I am woman, hear me cry hysterically.)