Thursday, January 6, 2011

Dangerous Victims

This incident occurred about 5 minutes from me. Some thugs here in Delaware decided to burglarize an old man's house. Unfortunately for them this 82 year old man had both the means and will to fight back.

The police of course told him he shouldn't have taken matters into his own hands, and I quote NCC officer Weglars,

"Taking the situation into your own hands, you could get hurt," he said. "You also have the possibility of someone else getting injured."

Officer Hale of the DSP had similar advice,

"Obviously, it's something we don't recommend any victim of crime do. It could end with the loss of lives."

Officer Hale is correct. Two burglars could have lost their lives and ended up at room temperature in short order. What a tragedy that would've been.

Yes, doing what Harper did could have gotten him hurt, but so could showing up at the house unarmed while it was being burglarized. I often here the claim that victims shouldn't resist because "property isn't worth dying over." That's true, it's not. That's something burglars should consider before deciding to take what's not theirs. Perhaps these two criminals now understand this, since they came very close to being full of multiple .22 diameter preforations.

There's a burglary in progress occurring at his residence. If one of those officers was armed and in his shoes having their own residence burglarized do you think they'd call it in and wait for fellow officers or do you think they'd try and stop it?

Is he supposed to sit, watch & wait for the cops, who probably won't catch the guys or recover his stolen property? Obviously it's up to the victim to decide which course of action to take in a given situation. That said, in the state of Delaware it is lawful to use deadly force to stop a forcible felony. Burglary is a forcible felony.

The last bit from Mr. Harper says it all.

"Harper said he hopes not to be a victim again, adding, "I'm fed up with all this thievin'."

Somehow I bet these thieves will remember Mr. Harper pointing a gun at them and saying,

"If it moves toward me, the driver gets one right between the eyes."

Good job Mr. Harper! You remind me of my 87 year old poppop. Small, doesn't look like much, but feisty as all hell. Poppop has fought off at least two muggers in the past decade and years ago put two home invaders in the hospital armed with a bat and an iron skillet. Sometimes old dudes are far more dangerous than they appear.


DaddyBear said...

Good for him. I've found that my older neighbors have a lot more spine that the hipsters and young parents who are moving into the neighborhood. Must come from actually doing something meaningful for a few years.

Anonymous said...

Taking the situation into your own hands, you could get hurt

I could be wrong, but I don't think any self-respecting Texas police officer would say anything like this.

FightinBluHen51 said...

Unfortunately, a few miles to the west, the perps would have gotten a "boys will be boys, don't let it happen again" and the hero of the day, a saucy WWII vet would have been in the slammer w/ the fuzz bitchin' at him for taking his quota that the Union would have helped him get a accommodation for next month.

Sabra said...

I'm pretty sure injury/loss of lives is the whole freaking point in cases like this.

Phillip said...

Heh... reminds me of something I've read in the past: "The secret of social harmony is simple: Old men must be dangerous."


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Anonymous said...

I love what he told them! Good for him, good folks are tired of bad folks taking what we work so hard for.