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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sounds About Right...

JL sends in this story that doesn't quite make the count, but is still pretty good...

Kan. homeowner finds burglar in garage, shoots him
MULVANE, Kan. —A burglary suspect is in a Wichita hospital after being shot in the middle of the night by a rural Sumner County homeowner.
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Investigators said the homeowner awoke to noises around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and found a man in his garage apparently trying to steal his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Dude's lucky he's a light sleeper. I don't know that I'd be woken up by someone all the way out in the garage. And what happens when the homeowner confronts the person trespassing? He gets attacked. Imagine what might have happened had he not had a firearm?

I'm pretty firmly in the "don't go looking for them" camp when it comes to people who shouldn't be inside my house. However, I am also a homeowner, and I understand that there are, on any given day, about 150 BILLION things that can happen in and around a house that might require investigation. A noise at 3:30 in the morning could be a burglar out in the garage - or it could be the shelf that I put up 12 years ago finally giving up the ghost.

Had the homeowner been unarmed, he would have found himself in a hand-to-hand struggle with an unknown assailant. The mindset of someone that would charge an armed homeowner isn't something I'd want to try to decipher - in my mind, that's a losing proposition all around, but I guess in his mind it was worth the risk. In any case, I'm a big fan of the goblin going to the hospital, not the homeowner.

As much as I like adding to the Dead Goblin Count, I'd much rather see stories like these - for the homeowner. While we don't mourn the loss of goblins, the emotional and legal toll that even the most righteous of shoots exerts on the homeowner is substantial, and if the goblin is merely wounded, most does not apply. Now, granted, in this case the homeowner might get screwed - he had the gall to injure that poor misguided youth.

You mess with a man's motorcycle, though, you should expect anything that comes at you...

That is all.

5 comments:

Roy said...

I laughed out loud about the 12 year old shelf.

I actually had that happen to me once about 30 years ago. I was awakened out of a sound sleep by a loud crashing noise inside my apartment. I came up out of my bed, grabbed the shootin iron, and walked all over that apartment, room to room, looking for the cause of the crash. I couldn't find anything amiss, so I went back to bed. I slept fitfully until it was time to get ready for work. Later, when I opened my closet door to get my work clothes, the closet shelf had collapsed. My clothes and everything that was up on top of that shelf - including a bowling ball - were in a big heap on the floor.

Mystery solved.

I still laugh about it today, but it wasn't even a little bit funny the night it happened.

Jay G said...

We actually had that happen here, which is why I mentioned it. Seems the contractor hired to put in the closet system decided to go cheap - and didn't use sheetrock anchors.

We hadn't been in the house but a couple of months when we heard a TERRIFIC crash. Searched high and low, from the attic to the basement, and could not locate the source of the earth-shattering Ka-boom.

Later on, I went to get something out of our closet and found that an entire half of the closet system had collapsed. My half, of course. Had some nasty words with the builder, they came and "fixed" it, and then afterwards I fixed their fix...

14 years later it's still there...

Dave H said...

I gave up on sheetrock anchors very soon after we moved into a mobile home. The stuff in here is maybe 3/8" thick, more like 1/4". If I can't find a couple of studs, it ain't going up. (And if I do find them, it ain't coming down.)

Most crashes in our house are cat-induced, so I don't immediately think of an intruder. But the night a cicada got into our window fan and died in the noisiest way possible, if I'd been armed I probably would have perforated that side of the room. It sounded like a dozen grenades bouncing around in a cement mixer.

Anonymous said...

I heard those shots in the middle of the night really hurt. I try for high chest myself.

Gerry

Roger said...

Mess with a mans motorcycle & you will deserve all that your get. Whether its lead impingement, baseball bat battery or right hook rednose, you'll pay.
That's right up there with messing with his kids.