My kids came back to their apartment, and parked their car in the front row, near the door. There are large bushes there, for decorative purposes. There was also a guy behind the bushes who tried to rob them.
My daughter was driving, and my son was in the passenger seat. When he got out, this guy came out of the bushes and demanded money. He did not have a weapon in his hand. He tried to close with my son, who moved him back, and about that time my daughter gave this guy some incentive to leave. That was the end of it.
She did not have her pistol because her concealed carry license expired, and we did not renew it when she was here. We did more important things like going to movies and parks. That's something I can't rectify until they come back. The state she works in recognizes our concealed carry permits, and we recognize theirs. But that state has onerous , expensive and time consuming requirements for their permits, while renewing hers here entails no more than paying $70.00 at the court house.
What she did have in the Jeep was a magnum sized cylinder of bear spray.
I can't say enough good about bear spray. It's got a 30 foot range, as opposed to the puny little tubes of mace people carry. It's very powerful. It's not as powerful as a firearm, but you don't have to go through a long involved process with the law if you use it on somebody. If , on the other hand, you kill some low life with a gun, it's going to be an expensive and stressful experience up where the kids live. Not so much so down here, unless of course you are in Atlanta, or Valdosta, or Macon.......
Stay out of cities. Common sense still exists in the countryside, but not in cities.
Hit somebody with it and they are going to want to exit the area post haste. It is non lethal.
I asked my daughter and son how this happened. They said , and I agree, that parking at night, near anything that obstructs your view, is unwise. Also, my son said the guy came on so fast that there was little time to react and he hesitated before taking appropriate action. That's normal.
I suppose it was a good training evolution but of course it's not something that makes me feel good about their situation. That apartment complex is upscale, but not far from the lairs of the Morlocks, and they are having more and more issues with Goblins coming up out of "de hood" and attacking or robbing people at the apartment complex.
Then there's this with my mom. She's 88 now. Lives in a quiet college town in Oregon. She went to get her hair done at the Beauty Parlor. In walks some Moslem, with his wife covered head to foot in a burka. The guy says he wants his wife's hair done but it has to be in a private room.
The lady who runs the place told him that she didn't have a private room, and couldn't do that. But this fellow, who was either a Pakistani or a Saudi based on his behavior, starts yelling at her. So she told him this was America, and he would have to get used to the way Americans do things. That drove him berserk and he cussed her out using the absolute foulest language you can imagine. Tough guy, acting the horses ass in front of a bunch of octogenarian old ladies. He stormed out with his burlap sack wife in tow.
Some people believe all these things going on today won't touch them personally. I am sure my mom felt that way. But it all catches up to everybody sooner or later. It's just a matter of when it's your turn.
That's why I never go anywhere unarmed. You can't tell when something out of the blue is going to come up. I'm not interested in being another statistic because some libtard somewhere wants me to live his lifestyle. They can pass all the laws they want but I am adhering to the Heinlein Philosophy.
I also believe this quote from Colonel Jeff Cooper.
After my experience in Chattanooga with the four black "youths" I always carry a nonlethal deterrent as well. Right after that happened, I bought a really expensive air gun that fired tear gas "paint balls." But it's too heavy and too bulky to carry along with a pistol. Fine for the vehicle, but I carry the bear spray now as well. Last time I went to the car shop the lady who works at the counter said "you sure do have a lot of pockets" and I said I did, and that she'd be surprised what all was in them.
I've always thought this was a good poster and I try to follow it's guidance.
Thought for the Day.
Get what you need now, while you still can.