“There was more violence at the home where a 14-year-old boy shot and killed a suspect intruder last week,” wsoctv.com reports. “Someone drove up to the home and fired [a shotgun] into the window Tuesday night . . . Homeowner George Wyant believes this shooting may have been in retaliation for the deadly shooting at his home that happened just over a week ago when . . .
Wyant’s 14-year-old grandson shot and killed Isai Delcid, 18, who police say broke into the family’s home to steal prescription pills. Delcid’s older brother, Carlos, was with him. He was arrested on burglary charges.
I don’t take pleasure in the injury or death of another human being. But some human beings need shooting. I reckon anyone who survives a life-threatening attack by force of arms shouldn’t spend too much time or energy second-guessing themselves or wishing they hadn’t done what needed to be done.
That said, I understand the need to Monday morning quarterback a defensive gun use (DGU). There’s a natural tendency to analyze the smallest details of any life-threatening event; your survival may depend on learning from the experience. DGU’s, like elections, have consequences.
Do they ever. While firearms trainers are careful to highlight the potentially ruinous legal and financial implications of a DGU, many gun gurus fail to flag the physical dangers of a post-DGU environment. These divide into two basic categories: immediate and longer-term.
In the immediate aftermath of a DGU, tunnel vision persists. Shooters tend to focus on what’s right in front of them, to the complete and total exclusion of everything else. That’s not good. Rare is the bad guy who doesn’t hang with equally bad amigos. His homies may not be there when the DGU goes down. They may arrive shortly thereafter, before the police. The bereaved bad guy or guys may be armed and more than slightly annoyed.
The advice there is simple enough: look around and assess the situation. If you’re not entirely sure of your safety, gather your friendlies (if necessary), seek cover and/or leave. You are under no legal obligation to stay at a crime scene if your life is in danger. Call the cops and inform them of your new whereabouts, careful to provide the minimum amount of information (e.g. I was involved in a defensive gun use at _____.)
The story above underscores the need to deal with longer-term dangers. Specifically, retribution.
As I mentioned above, most bad guys are pack animals (not lone wolves). They have family, friends and “business” associates. Some of these people might want to go all eye-for-an-eye on your ass. Hollywood movies are not your guide; the bad guys aren’t going to announce their intention to mess you and/or your loved ones up. They’re going to try and hurt you without warning.
The police are not going to protect you. They just can’t be there all – or any – of the time. As always, the safety and security of your loved ones and yourself is down to you. After a DGU, increase your situational awareness exponentially. If the police remove your carry permit, take appropriate action. Even if they don’t, consider going on vacation – without announcing your travel plans on Facebook. Or anything else, for that matter. Which reminds me . . .
Those post-DGU media interviews? Don’t do them. Anything you say can and will antagonize someone unhappy with the results of your armed self-defense. By the same token, TV pictures of your home provide vital intel for potential perps. Click on the link at the top of the post and check out how the TV news report displays the grounds around the home, including the vantage point the shotgunner used to fire upon the house. SMH.
In short, after a DGU, keep a low profile, keep your powder dry and watch your back. When can you let your guard down after a DGU? Never. Not that you should anyway . . .