Police: Men carrying fake gun shot by real one in robbery attempt
LAND O'LAKES — Two would-be robbers were shot Friday night after they burst into a home with a fake gun and, authorities said, met a person inside with a real one.You want to act and present yourself as a hardcore killer, don't be surprised when people act accordingly. Not everyone curls up in the fetal position and begs you not to hurt them - some actually shoot back. The story claims the gun was fake - I'm guessing either airsoft or pellet gun - but it doesn't matter. Someone breaks into your home holding what looks like a real weapon, you're putting yourself at a real disadvantage if you're going to take the time to see if it's a BB gun, an airsoft gun, or the real thing. The response should be the same regardless: Defend yourself and your loved ones.
The two men were in serious condition at the hospital Friday night, and both had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
There was a two year old child in the house these two men broke into. Someone visiting the home did the shooting, although that doesn't mean that the homeowners weren't armed, just that their guests were faster. I'm kinda torn on the etiquette here; on the one hand, you have to appreciate a rapid response, but on the other hand, one really should defer to the property owner for first refusal if at all possible. Okay, I'm kidding here, of course - in a situation such as described in the above story the reaction was just about perfect.
One last thing to mention: As has been stated numerous times, all handgun calibers pretty much suck. One of the dudes took multiple .40 S&W rounds to the chest and still survived the encounter. Now, you can certainly argue that the job was done right, given that they ran screaming out of the house and immediately ceased their attack; however I'm guessing from the "fake gun" that these were more wanna-be gangsters than real toughs. If the thugs kicking in the door had been on mind-altering substances (and real firearms), this might have turned out worse.
But it didn't, and the only regret is that we're not adding to the DGC this time...
That is all.