February 12, 2007

Too White For Their Own Good

I'm trying not to arm-chair quarterback this thing. I really am. But it's difficult. 2 men were robbed of their firearms after being followed home from a shooting range.

"They were in their driveway for a matter of minutes when a green Honda pulled up,' Egert said. 'When they got out of their car, they put their guns right to their faces.'
After the heist, the suspects fled in a bluish green, mid-90s model Honda Accord with tinted windows. The traumatized victims noticed one suspect was even on his cell phone as they drove away, but they didn't get a tag number.
The stolen semiautomatic handguns are a .45 caliber Kimber, worth $1,200, and a .40-caliber Sigsauer, which gun shops sell for about $600."

I wasn't there. I don't know all the details. That being said I doubt that would have happened to me. I always keep a few mags worth of ammo for the trip home & - well let me be blunt; one of the reasons I go to the range is to be prepared for a situation like this. A strange car in my driveway would have caused my hand to go to my pistol & it would have damn skippy been loaded before I grabbed it.

"Meanwhile, neighbors in the well-heeled enclave admit their comfort zone has suddenly gotten a lot smaller.
'Maybe we should have a community watch association,' Tolentino said."

Or maybe have range days where you practice, oh - I dunno - shooting armed robbers?

I'm sorry; I'm just having a little trouble gripping this thing mentally. Two guys just home from the shooting range with a Kimber & a SigSauer, presumably sighted in? Taken by surprise in their own driveway?

I know - I may seem to be harsh. I admit there could have been some circumstance where a car full of armed robbers pulls up in your driveway right after you return from a shooting range & they have time to get out of that car & draw down on you before you realize what's happening, but that'd have to involve a serious Condition White going on.

Posted by Publicola at February 12, 2007 06:03 AM | TrackBack

Another part of the problem is a tendency for shooters to use up all of their ammo before going home.

Always have one loaded weapon handy.

Posted by: Kristopher at February 12, 2007 10:54 AM

Also, I don't know where this took place, but the People's Republic of Farking Kalifornia requires a handgun to be in a locked container in the car, which pretty much puts it out of contention for useful thing in a robbery.

Posted by: Windy Wilson at March 3, 2007 06:23 PM