posted on Dec, 5 2015 @ 08:15 PM
Read this old thread and it got me thinking.
I'm a single mom and in the 15 years I've lived in my tract home in a relatively decent neighborhood there have been probably at least 4-5 times that
someone has tried to just "rush" my front door -- like hit it really hard turning the knob, so if it had been unlocked they'd be in, or not 100%
latched even if locked they'd have been in. In every case it was fully closed, latched and locked, and they went away. (There's been many instances of
just "walked in abruptly" during daylight when door was unlocked in our city over the last dozen years.)
The list of reasons why a gun is inappropriate on this thread are amazing. Apparently the world I live in, is drastically different than the world
many other people live in.
Where multiple neighbors would love to be dedicating their attention to knowing your name never mind your safety.
Where you can just afford to move to a gated community.
Where you can easily find ANY neighborhood free of crime and up and move to it.
Where you're allowed to have and can train, afford and deal with a decent dog. (I'm more likely to get myself killed defending my large dog, the only
kind I like, although I'd like to have one, if other pets and city restrictions on quantity and the cost and physical demands didn't make it
Where one can not only afford electronic surveillance but surreally, also trusts that this would 'replace' some powerful means of protecting oneself
between the alarm (silent or not) and someone either leaving instantly or getting 'caught' by the police.
Note: in some neighborhoods I've lived in, and these were middle-class tract home blocks mind you not ghetto, if the police are told there are guns
involved and the crime event isn't already over, they sit outside the neighborhood until at least 4 cars are 'available' to go see what's up, for
their own protection. I'm not knocking that. I'm just saying they are there to 'restore the peace' (mop up), not prevent, crime.
I think people may also live outside the world I'm in, where endless variants on meth et al. are everywhere and it doesn't matter what neighborhood or
parking lot or walkway your house or car or person might be in, people will attack for anything they might steal or hock to buy them drugs. This is
not about ghetto -- half the people involved are middle class and even higher, but eventually they're out of money. Your house/car/person does not
need to seem rich. Any house with even a TV or someone's celfon might offer a few bucks for someone desperate.
Some advice is good, most of that listed would be "helpful" -- though not 100% secure, still 'helpful' -- but depending on how it's used, this is
apparently the home-invasion version of "if you weren't asking for it you'd have been dressed like a nun."
It's true she shouldn't have opened her door, but seriously, given her past role in the neighborhood and someone's seeming sad story and that person
seeming to be alone, I understand her not having sufficient paranoia in that instance. One never thinks it's going to happen to them. I tell my kid,
never answer the door if you don't know who it is well.
But realistically if I were here at 2am and heard someone breaking in -- do I even have time to decide it's a person, call 911, wait for the police to
get here, before someone may very likely be in the house already? Without a firearm is there any defense a woman of limited mobility would have in
such a scenario? Probably not.
It was an interesting thread, partly because it probably well-represents the diversity of public opinion. Many of whom are living in that
rainbow-unicorn world I hope I find one day.