How Should an Elderly Homeowner Defend Himself Against a 22-yr-old Intruder?

If not with a gun, how should the old and the infirm defend themselves? Bakersfield homeowner shoots, injures suspected burglar.

There are more details available than when I first saw this story.

Officers said [Joshua Zorilla, 22,] was shot by an elderly resident on San Pablo Avenue during the burglary attempt. The homeowner was questioned and released, pending further investigation.

Zorilla received non-life-threatening wounds. He will be moved to lockup as soon as the doctors release him from the hospital.

Without the means to defend themselves, the old and the infirm would be at the mercy of the young and violent, the small would be at the mercy of the large, and anyone could be overwhelmed by a several opponents.

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


Even in the People’s Republic of California, Self-defense works

It even sounds like police believe it is justified in this case. Man allegedly shoots intruder in northeast Bakersfield.

Police say it appears a homeowner in the area shot a man who was allegedly attempting to break into his home.

The Would-be Bad-guy was taken to a local hospital.

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

The Criminal Justice System Meets Systems Design

And the results are not the best. Because systems design and training takes time. And having 2 people verify sensitive information would be expensive! Judge lifts order requiring the L.A. Times to change article on ex-Glendale police spokesman.

Next you will want the .gov to spend money on computer security, or expect judges and lawyers to follow rules cooked up by programmers.

It’s an organized crime case. A Glendale police detective lied about his ties to organized crime. He took a plea agreement.

The plea agreement between prosecutors and detective John Saro Balian was supposed to have been filed under seal, but it was mistakenly made available Friday on PACER, a public online database for federal court documents.

That was done on Friday, by Saturday the LA Times had published a story. The judge wanted the story taken down, but as the defense attorney in the original case noted…

nobody can “unring that bell.”

A clerk made a data entry error. I wonder how overworked/underpaid those clerks are.

The case itself is interesting. (A cop accepting bribes, tipping off witnesses, and eventually being busted could have been an episode on any number of cop shows or even “Movie of the Week” back when they had those.)

The rush to put everything on the internet. The goal of making that easy. The lack of safeguards for sensitive information. (The judge is worried that the guy’s family will be put in danger.) But hey, we like having things on the internet, except when stuff gets hacked. Or mishandled.

Actually putting information on the internet is a good thing, but ONLY if it is not private or sensitive info (like the way to get into your online banking account) and only as long as the security is in place. Reviewing and securing data is not free.

I’m Not Sure If “The Third Time Is the Charm” Applies In This Case

He tried to break into 2 houses and failed. He did manage to break into the third house he tried. Homeowner shoots suspect who entered his Richmond residence

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Or how would you respond to someone breaking into your home just after midnight if you were home with your family?

According to police, the suspect broke a window and entered the house.

“The homeowner had no choice but to defend his family and himself,” [Richmond police spokesman Lt. Felix] Tan said in an email, adding that he “has been extremely cooperative with detectives.”

The guy who got shot was rushed to a trauma center.

Even in The People’s Republic of California, self-defense is a Human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

I Thought The Left Says Cooperation Is the Way to Go

Just comply with the bad guys and they will leave you alone. I guess these guys didn’t get that memo. Clerk Shot, Killed At Mid-City Gas Station

Police say the man complied with the suspects’ demands but was shot anyway. The two suspects were described as men in their 20s. They were seen fleeing in a white four-door Chevrolet Malibu.

And great reporting CBS. Men in their 20s. Is that all the description you have? Height. Weight. Hair color. Anything?

Cooperation with violent criminals is a strategy for getting out of a bad situation in one piece. I happen to think it is not a very good strategy.

Of course being armed to defend yourself is also only a strategy, not a defense. There are no guarantees in this life…

Violent criminals do not stop being violent criminals because of anything you are or are not doing.

Alcohol Can Be Dangerous to Your Health

Don’t get into a drunken state and then try to break into a retired cops house. Teacher caught on video in bizarre break-in attempt: ‘I came very close to shooting her,’ homeowner says

15 minutes pounding on the door and on windows, because she thought her friend was there. The homeowner, a retired cop, kept telling her to leave. Only when she said that she was armed with a gun did this drunken idiot (who is apparently a school teacher) walk away. Just in time for the cops to arrive and arrest her.

“I came very close to shooting her and I don’t think she or her family realized that,” [Christine] Paul explained. “I mean, it’s something nobody wants to do.”

Seconds after Paul told the woman she was armed with a gun, she is seen walking away as police are pulling up.

She was charged with vandalism and released to a friend.

Even if your friend is there, why are you banging on the windows? Maybe I’ve just never been that drunk. (Part of me wants to put this the Self-defense category, but it just highlights that the stupid can hurt. If she’d broken one of those windows, she might be dead, or in hospital.)

Even in Deep Blue California, Self-defense Works

The guy who got shot picked the wrong store to stage an assault. Police Say Small Town Corner Store Owner Shot Man in Self-Defense | FOX40

Investigators say Kline shot a man twice, hitting him in the stomach and arm. He was airlifted to a hospital, where he was in stable condition.

Kline was not arrested following the shooting. While the case is still under investigation, the sheriff’s department said that it was likely a case of self-defense when an assault occurred inside the store.

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