Pardon the change of gears from my typical detailed deconstructions of anti-gunners’ falsehoods, fallacies and folderol. This is more in the nature of a compare and contrast on two home invasions by the same man, the same night, in the same neighborhood, and how the outcomes differed and could have been much worse. The Southern Oregon Mail Tribune reports that on the evening of Saturday 6/9 . . .
Richard B. Batson, 34, of McKinleyville, Calif., first knocked on the door of Becky Goode’s home on Pine Street at about 8:30 p.m. Before Goode could even get to the door, Batson barreled his way inside her residence, locking the dead bolt behind him, she said.
“My heart was pounding,” Goode said. “What freaked me out the most was when he reached out and locked the dead bolt. He was saying somebody was trying to kill him. I kept saying, Dude, you need to get out of my house.’” [emphasis added]
We’ll pause here for a moment and see what we’ve got. An apparently deranged man is in this woman’s home and all she can do is beg him to leave. But then she gets her chance:
When Batson headed toward the kitchen, Goode, 48, went out the front door, shouting for a neighbor to help her daughter, who was in her bedroom, while she frantically called police.
“I kept thinking, are there knives out in the kitchen? Does he have a weapon?” she said.
She gets her chance to run away, leaving her sleeping daughter at the mercy of a nut-job. And we all know how well that worked for Jessica Carpenter and her siblings. Thank providence, though, nothing happened to the little girl or her mother in this case. The police eventually arrived (doesn’t say how long it took) and . . .
Rogue River police Officer Robert Buren arrived on scene and searched Goode’s house, but the intruder was gone. Witnesses told Buren that the man had jumped the backyard fence and may have entered a residence on Berglund Street, located directly behind Goode’s house, said Chief Ken Lewis.
Buren quickly responded to the second address and found Batson kneeling on the living room floor, held at gunpoint by the homeowner who was armed with a .38 Special revolver, Lewis said.
Anyone notice a difference here? Anyone? One of these things is not like the other. Now that is the way home invasion stories should end.