Thursday, December 19, 2013

Carjack It In Massachusetts...

Dude finds out the wrong way that New Hampshire != Massachusetts in the victim selection process...

NH Man Pulls Gun On Would-Be Carjacker
NASHUA, N.H. (CBS) —- Paul Jensen was sitting in the driver’s seat of his Ford Taurus in a hospital parking lot in Nashua when police say James Paul suddenly opened up the passenger door.

“As he started to get in, I didn’t have time to think about it, I just reacted, by the time he got in my car, I had my weapon out and pointed at his head,” said Jensen from his home in Nashua today.
But but but! The poor misunderstood youth was unarmed! He was certainly only looking for a ride down to the homeless shelter to help feed the less fortunate. After he got out of choir practice, of course. I mean, he was unarmed! He couldn't possibly have been any danger to the person whose car he tried to steal, right?

This never would have happened in Massachusetts, mind you. The person sitting in the car would most likely not have had a defensive tool readily available, and instead would have found themselves at the whim of the carjacker. Hopefully they would have just lost their car. If they were lucky. In MA, we "discourage self-help," meaning that the powers-that-be expect you to be a good little victim and not bleed too much on city property if you can avoid it.

See, here's the thing. When someone forcibly gains access to your property, whether it's your vehicle or your home, you have no idea what their intentions are. You have no idea whatsoever if they have a weapon or weapons with which they might do you harm. You have no way of distinguishing between a violent criminal who might kill you so as to leave no witnesses and someone simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. You are literally gambling with your life with your reaction.

About the only thing I would change with this story would be the car door. I don't care how big of a pain it is. I don't care how good an area you think you're in. LOCK. YOUR. DAMN. DOORS. I do not understand the mindset of leaving doors unlocked, whether you're at your house, out in your car, or whatever. Quite simply the easiest thing you can do to stave off being a victim is make it just that much harder for them to get you.

Failing that, though, have the right defensive tool for the job and the will to use it if pushed...

That is all.


Anonymous said...

This might have been a case of self-locking car doors like most newer (>2000) have and he hadn't rolled far enough, or fast enough to lock the car door. I would understand if that was the situation. Still you can reach down and lock the door all the same.

Take care,

Evyl Robot Michael said...


This. I know lots of people who don't, and I just don't get it. It takes so little effort to gain so much more security that it blows my mind that not everyone does it.

harp1034 said...

As you said always lock the doors. All of them. The days of leaving your doors unlocked even in so called good or low crime areas are long gone.
Just wait until someone gets in your car with you. Give all of your money and the cell phone, NOW!

Ed said...

A enters B's car uninvited.

A: Give all of your money and the cell phone, NOW!


Short conversation.

Ken O said...

Um Jay, most of the time I don't have any doors. Or windows, or a top.

Jon B. said...

Being armed can be advantageous and helpful for security purposes provided that owners know how to use their guns responsibly and cautiously. This news is truly an eye-opener.