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Old 06-29-2011, 06:05 AM
 
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Charlotte thugs seem to pick on the vulnerable - women with children in parking lots and seniors at home.

Man Accused Of Targeting Seniors In Southeast Charlotte Burglaries - News Story - WSOC Charlotte

My point with posting this is to ask for everyone to consider checking on the seniors in your neighborhood.

The first gentleman targeted said the thug got in a window by using a ladder. This is not uncommon! Never leave a ladder horizontaly placed n the bushes on the side of the house. I have seen folks do this many times, as removing a ladder can be quite a challenge for seniors. Check to see if one of your neighbors needs help with removing a ladder.

The article did not relay how the thug got into the second victim's house. Did she have a door unlocked? Remind the seniors in your community to KEEP THEIR DOORS LOCKED during the day. Also, check to see if they have downstairs windows open, something that would be common if a person has no A/C.

The woman said she threatened the thug after she found him in her home by telling him she had a .22 on top of the fridge (and reached for it). I am not one to advocate having loaded handguns around the house (b/c most homes have children in and out) . . . but for an elderly person . . . that might not be such a bad idea.

My widowed grandmother kept 2 loaded shotguns in her house. Good thing. Two thugs tried to break in her home one evening around dusk. The whole neighborhood was on site w/in moments once she let off a barrage of fire out the back door.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:16 AM
 
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All thugs prey on the vulnerable. That's part of what makes them thugs. From their point of view it makes perfect sense. For the same reasons, hunting animals go after the young, old, and sick prey. It's just easier.

The difference is that animals can't get a job, earn money, and actually pay their way in society.

Too bad your grandmother missed.

One of my best friends says his wife wants to get a gun. She is the last person I would have thought would want a gun, mainly because she has a lot of fear. But I told him that they need to go to a range, learn the right way to handle a gun, try a couple out, and go from there. This should be interesting.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:58 AM
 
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All thugs prey on the vulnerable. That's part of what makes them thugs. From their point of view it makes perfect sense. For the same reasons, hunting animals go after the young, old, and sick prey. It's just easier.

The difference is that animals can't get a job, earn money, and actually pay their way in society.

Too bad your grandmother missed.

One of my best friends says his wife wants to get a gun. She is the last person I would have thought would want a gun, mainly because she has a lot of fear. But I told him that they need to go to a range, learn the right way to handle a gun, try a couple out, and go from there. This should be interesting.
Absolutely - learn how to handle firearms if you are gonna own them.

My grandma was a great shot. She was an adult by the Depression and knew how to go out and snag (and dress) a rabbit for dinner, if necessary (hunted with her brothers). Her hubby was retired military (Navy).

I grew up around firearms and was taught to respect them and how to use them at an early age. Of course, my grandparents had a farm (cotton) . . . and having shotguns and rifles - deer hunting and rabid dogs/foxes! - was an accepted part of farm equipment, lol.

I agree with your message 100% - don't own a firearm unless you truly know how to use it.
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