Originally Posted by globetrotter
sorry about your friend. this weekend I read about a home invasion outside of ny city. a woman approaches a girl as she gets into her car in front of her house, once she gets the girls attention, two guys jump out and hold guns on the girl, get her into the house, and get her to lead them to the parents, and tie everyone up and rob the house. a gun wouldn't have helped. hard to say if a gun would have helped your friend, really.
I'm not trying to insinuate that a gun actually helps anything. But it makes people FEEL safer and its very easy to envision a scenario where a firearm could be used to defend yourself, whether you are physically or mentally capable of doing so or not is generally not something that people take into account. BTW. in the above situation, a dog, a gun, and your tear gas and sticks are equally as effective. They are not. So again, if nothing would help the above situation, why bother protecting yourself at all? Why not just accept the fact that you will be robbed, all your belongings will be taken, and there's really nothing you can do about it? Doesn't make much sense, does it? The above is probably pretty close to the ideal residential shakedown. The least amount of risk for the maximum reward. The thing is this - these are not your typical robbers. These people had a plan, they obviously staked out the house, knew how many people it contained, what time the girl left in the morning, hiding places near the car, and that there was something inside worth all the trouble. If I was a betting man, I would bet that someone involved knows the family. In this situation, even though you have a gun pointed at you, you are at very minimal risk of being killed for no reason. I'm sure the people were scared shitless though, and they are probably thanking whatever God it is that they pray to that they were just robbed.