In Ephrata, Pennsylvania, an alert and armed woman stopped a crime spree earlier this week. One of the things that destroys the sense of security in a neighborhood is a proliferation of burglaries and thefts of personal property from vehicles. That’s what a pair of suspects were involved in this week when an alert woman stopped Robert LaFleur (above left, with Colton Lynch) from breaking into her car at 2:30 a.m. and held him at gunpoint until the police arrived . . .
It seems unlikely that LaFleur would have obeyed the woman’s commands if she had not been armed. The police report that he resisted arrest when they arrived, and that they used a taser on him. They then turned their attention on LaFleur’s accomplice, who was in another vehicle.
The car turned out to have been recently stolen from Pine Street in Denver, Randolph said. Police recovered numerous electronic items from LaFleur, which also are believed to have been stolen.
LaFleur and Lynch admitted to police they entered numerous vehicles in the areas of Misty Lane, Creek Lane and Meadow View Drive in Ephrata, and Pine and Main streets in Denver, according to criminal complaints. They also admitted stealing the car, according to the complaints.
Would the police have arrested LaFluer and Lynch if the armed woman had not stopped the series of crimes in progress? Probably. Eventually. Most criminals are arrested, eventually. But they can commit dozens or even hundreds of crimes before they are arrested, and often dozens or even hundreds more while they are out on bond and not incarcerated. It only takes a small number of criminals to create an enormous amount of crime.
We don’t know the number that “numerous” refers to in the paragraph quoted from lancasteronline. We do know that it is likely that many of the victims in this case will recover their property.
One of the advantages of an armed population is that it turns passive victims into active participants in policing the community. A government that trusts its people to possess arms also shows that it is worthy of trust, to paraphrase Machiavelli, who wrote,
When you disarm [the people] you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred against you.
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