Calling 911 failed. Survivor teaches that you must defend yourself.

Bre LasleyWhen you aren’t expecting something bad to happen, your first thought is that it can’t be happening. And if you’ve never considered fighting back, well if you plan nothing, then you will execute your plan. Attempted murder survivor tells women to fight back – The Daily Universe

First let’s deal with the failures of 911. Several people called 911 – including the two sisters whose home was invaded. (One of whom would be stabbed before the night was over.) The result was not as advertised.

Although both women and several neighbors called 911 during that time, none of the calls was dispatched.

Say it again. The result of calling 911 to report a home-invasion attack in progress resulted in NO cops being sent. An off-duty cop who chanced to hear the call for help, stopped and he killed the attacker.

So today, Bre Lasley teaches that women need to defend themselves.

After speaking to people in the police department following the attack, Lasley learned only 20 percent of women fight back against their attackers, leaving 80 percent of women to be raped, murdered or both.

Lasley said she fell into the 80 percent category in the beginning. She felt completely frozen while her attacker was beating her. It wasn’t until her sister came upstairs, screaming and swinging punches, that Lasley said she got the motivation to start fighting for her life.

So self-defense is mostly about attitude. “There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men” Heinlein wrote that in the 1950s (as part of Starship Troopers), so I guess we will forgive him for his leaving out half the population. I would include women in that.

But self-defense in the absence of the tools of self-defense, is a problem. (See the rest of this blog for my true feelings on the subject.) Still attitude does come first.

This statistic [the 80/20 split listed above] became the foundation of Fight Like Girls, a self-defense program Lasley started with sexual assault survivor Elizabeth Smart to help women everywhere fight their physical, mental and emotional battles.

After Robbery He Hid From Cops in the Wrong House

His choice of hiding place didn’t work out too well. Man on the run from police breaks into home and is shot and killed by homeowner – Story | WAGA

He robbed a store. Jumped in the back of a pickup truck. Took off running when police stopped the truck. Decided to break into a house to “hide from the police.”

A short time later, police got a call about a home invasion just around the corner. Investigators said MacDonald had broken into a house and encountered a young man with a shotgun.

“He held the shotgun on MacDonald and was yelling and screaming ‘What are you doing here? What are you doing in my house?’” said Capt. Ireland.

Investigators said the young man’s father heard his son’s cries for help, and grabbed his handgun.

One shot to the chest with the handgun, and the story ends.

Self-defense is a human-right. This also illustrates the old truism: Live by the sword, die by the sword. (Though in this case life by the knife, die by the handgun….)

He Suffered a Breakdown of the Victim-selection Process

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Fatal Shooting Could Fall Under ‘Castle Doctrine’

So at 4AM an armed, masked man is climbing into your house through a window. What would you do?

“Payton was actually wearing a mask and pointing a gun at [the homeowner] as he came through the window. Based on the evidence at the scene and the information that we have at this point, it appears that the homeowner’s actions were justified under Indiana’s Castle Doctrine,” said Sgt. Jason Cullum.

Now the homeowner has to deal with retaliation from the dead-guy’s friends and relatives.

“We do see victims of crime that take actions to defend themselves that are targeted a second time because friends or family of the person they took action against are mad,” Sgt. Cullum said. “They don’t care that their friend or loved one was committing an armed violent felony.”

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

“How Dare You Live Without Me.”

Ex-boyfriends who don’t like to admit to the “ex” part can be a problem. In this case it was mostly a problem for himself. Suspected Home Invader Shot, Killed in Pascagoula | WKRG

Witnesses said the ex-boyfriend forced his way into the home and was shot by the current boyfriend while he and the woman were trying to get him out of the house. Neighbors said the boyfriend walked outside after the shooting and called police.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Texans Are Still Armed, And Home-invaders Wearing Only Underwear Still Getting Shot

Residents of the home said it appeared the guy was high on narcotics. Homeowner kills home invasion suspect who wore ‘minimal clothing’ – Houston Chronicle

Law enforcement has such a colorful way of describing things.

The suspect was wearing “minimal clothing,” [Felipe Rivera with the homicide division of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office] added.

So at 2 AM this guy breaks down a door. In Texas. What exactly did he think was going to happen?

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

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.”

A Family That Robs Together Gets to Watch Their Loved-ones Die by Legal Self-defense

Texans are still armed, and home invaders are still getting shot. And now they are bringing kids to the home invasions. Woman Shoots Intruder Who Brought Young Son With Him

A San Antonio, Texas, woman shot and killed an intruder while his son was beside him, after bringing the young boy along to the break-in.

Not exactly father-of-the-year material.

Neighbors in Texas, were NOT shocked.

“The thieving b*****d got just what he deserved. But I do feel bad for the little kid.that lady protected herself from who knows what that bastard would have done to her,” one Mad World News reader commented on the site’s Facebook page.

Self-defense is a human-right.