I don’t want to belabor this subject too much; I know we’ve gone over it before. However, this one happened in a nearby small city, so it has perked up my situational awareness antennae just a tad.
The fact that there was a home invasion in that particular small city doesn’t surprise me; the place has been know for violence since before World War II. My Dad was stationed for a short time in another nearby city and they weren’t allowed to go there as it was “off limits”. The common name for the place? “Little Chicago”.
Here’s the part that I want to draw your attention to, good and hard:
“Witnesses told police that five armed men forced their way into the home and began shooting.”
Five dudes came crashing in and started shooting. No warning and no “Give us the money” or “Give us the drugs.” Sure, there is obviously more than they decided they wanted to shoot someone, but here’s the thing–are you ready for 5 guys, or 5 women, or 5 irate raccoons for that matter, to come busting through your door, shooting or not? What gun do you have handy right now? How many rounds does it have in it? Got a spare mag or three? Better yet, got an AR handy?
How about the doors? Have you hardened them, even a little, so they won’t open at the first kick? Do you keep your cell phone handy? Got a plan in place with the wife and any kids for this situation? Or do you plan on winging it? Feel free to groan, but “Failing to plan is planing to fail.”
Yeah, so much for not belaboring the subject. Sorry, but it’s starting to get weirder by the day out there, and we’re going to have to be ready to deal with it.