The story is simple enough: “A family living at an East Side home [in San Antonio, Texas] were terrorized Monday morning by men who showed up at their door with shotguns,” foxsanantonio.com reports. “Police say the men knocked on the back door of the home on Montana. Someone inside the home opened the door and the men walked in holding shotguns. They stole a flatscreen television, a gaming console and some DVD’s before running away. No one was hurt. The suspects have not been found.” Your average gun grabber would say, see? If the residents had defended their property by force of arms someone would have been hurt. Gun owners know differently. There is no guarantee that the victim of a “hot burglary” will emerge unmolested. Here’s another home invasion story from today’s chicagotribune.com . . .
Two men were found dead Sunday morning after an apparent home invasion in the South Chicago neighborhood, authorities said.
Authorities said the men, 18 and 35, were apparently shot to death during a home invasion in the 9100 block of South Commercial Avenue on the South Side.
The men were found by police just before 5 a.m. and pronounced dead on the scene.
Here’s another one from yesterday’s indiananewscenter.com:
The shooting happened just after 3:30 Sunday afternoon at 1010 west 10th street in Marion.
When officers arrived they found a female victim with a gun shot wounds to her leg.
Police say the victim was at home with her child when a man and woman wearing masks broke in through the back door.
Police say while the victim was attempting to call 911 she was shot in the leg by the male intruder.
Both intruders then ran out of the house, and so far police have not made any arrests in the incident.
The victim was transported to an area hospital before being flown to a Fort Wayne hospital. The victim was last listed in stable condition.
Marion police did not say whether the victim’s child was hurt.
There is no statistical data on home invasions (there is no such FBI Uniform Crime Reporting classification). Common sense suggests that most home invasions involve drugs, one way or another. But not all. Some home invasions are “simple” burglaries, where bad guys act on the assumption that the homeowner will be unwilling or unable to stop them from stealing valuables. Like this.
In all cases there is an imminent threat of death or grievous bodily harm. Believing that acquiescing to home invaders’ demands will prevent death or grievous bodily harm is a foolish bet. By all means, hunker down, call the cops and assume a defensive position. But there’s no getting around the fact that giving the bad guys what they need instead of what they want is a better bet.