posted by UK Alien Buff
Granny, this member salutes you. You went out with guns blazing and that’s the American dream. Pity she wasn't in her wheelchair and had tons of
guns strapped to the chair! she could have had them covered for hours!
Good for you gran [Edited by Don W]
Barely 2 weeks later a similar incident happened in my city, Jacksonville. An older man - in his 70s - lived alone. His neighborhood was frequented
by “drug dealers” hawking their wares brazenly on the street. It is in one of those neighborhoods the R&Fs have “given up” to the criminal
elements. I formerly wondered how that could be, that criminals could “own” or “control” a neighborhood? If I was mayor or the chief of
police, that would embarrass me. I could not rest until the law abiding citizens had taken back their streets. Then I realized why that was not done.
The R&Fs are afraid the drug dealers would move into their neighborhoods. As between tolerating crime in your neighborhood and having it in my
neighborhood, let’s keep it in yours!
So say the R&Fs. Rich and Famous. Who are also the Movers and Shakers of any community. And nothing is
done in any community that is not started by or approved by the Movers and Shakers. But I digress.
Towards 11 PM, the old man saw two ruffled strangers loitering in front of his house. He went to his door and asked them to leave, to “move on.”
The two youngish men ignored the homeowner. A couple minutes later the old man came back to the door and again, ordered the two unseemly strangers to
“move on.” The two men again ignored the homeowner.
Now, if you don’t live in one of those abandoned neighborhoods found in every American city, you should know that if you do telephone the police
they will, more likely than not, ignore you. Only the feigned cry, “shots fired, policeman down” will be certain to raise a response. Otherwise,
the residents of abandoned neighborhoods are strictly on their own. And you thought America was a law and order place?
Believe me, if you live in a gated subdivision it is. Cops come quickly when called. And one more thing. In Jacksonville, as late as the 1980s, fi
the cops deigned to respond to a call for help in a black neighborhood, the “victim” might be insulted for his or her race and could easily end up
being arrested if the “victim” did not “know his place.” So here’s an old man used to “self help” theory of law enforcement in the
On the third try to get the 2 strangers to move on, the old man came to his door, this time armed with a pistol. Hey, this is America. 280 million
firearms owned by 80 million citizens. Add about 10 million new guns each year.
The story gets ragged here. The 2 unkept men - we found out later - turned out to be undercover NARCs on a stake-out, intending to pull off a
“sting” or a “bust” either buying or selling to anyone who approached them for drugs. They say - the old man did not get to tell his story as
the 2 NARCs shot him 3 times, killing him on the front porch of his house - they say the old man shot at them first. Maybe, maybe not. Who can you
trust these days? Police locker-room joke: “dead witnesses don’t talk.”
Now, according to the 2 NARCs, even though they were under fire, they managed to race back, and to find cover or shelter behind a tree. Unhurt. OK,
heres the scene, old man on his porch shoots at cops - they say. They are both able to run back and hide behind a tree. Now, instead of calling for
uniform backup to defuse this situation, they do the Christian thing, they return fire from their cover. And being younger, being well trained, being
expert in firing their guns, being safe under cover, they were able to shoot down the old man and kill him on the spot! "Mission Accomplished!"
Score? Old man shot 3 times. KIA. Cops, no hits, no runs, nor errors. I guess you’d call it a slam dunk. The Chief of Police offered when he said
he’d “investigate” the shooting, that it appeared to him the police had responded properly when fired upon.
Reminds me when I was very yong and in the service. When pulling armed guard duty at the stockade, the NCOIC would tell us recruits, if you kill one
of the prisoners trying to escape, you will be fined $10 and given a carton of cigarettes but if he gets away, you’ll do his time. I wonder how many
recruits actually believed the old NCOIC?
In Jacksonville as in Atalanta, citizens have given up liberties that we fought for in WW2. All in the guise of providing us with “security,”
that elusive condition of the spirit that demagogues offer us. How much longer will we accept these miscarriages of justice and get no security in
exchange? Oh, both the lady in Atlanta and the man in Jacksonville were people of color, so, what the hey, “life is tough.” It’s business as
[edit on 3/13/2007 by donwhite]