San Francisco has become the festering pustule of California (a title it’s taken in a very competitive race with Los Angeles). Skyrocketing crime, rampant homelessness, and an indifferent criminal justice system have caused so much deterioration in the quality of life in the Bay Area that 40% of the city’s residents told a pollster recently that they’re planning their escape, just as many prominent retailers have.
But the city’s problems aren’t confined to the San Francisco and Oakland city limits, as a couple of suburban Fairfield homeowners found out Tuesday morning when a 27-year-old intruder began knocking on their front door.
From abc10.com . . .
The homeowners, who [Fairfield police Lt. Jausiah] Jacobsen said are in their 60s, had a doorbell camera system and did not recognize the individual. They did not answer the door.
“And then ultimately after that, the suspect actively started kicking the door and he did kick the door off the hinges and then started to make entry into the home,” Jacobsen said.
That’s when the homeowner retrieved a tried and true home defense implement, a .357 revolver.
One of the homeowners had a registered gun and shot the suspect, who ran into the street. When Fairfield officers arrived, they began life-saving measures, but were ultimate unsuccessful. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
“They did find that he was in possession of a loaded, semi-automatic handgun that had an extended magazine,” Jacobsen said.
Responding police officers found the would-be home invader across the street, in the process of shuffling off this mortal coil.
According to the Sacramento Bee . . .
Police tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. Officers found a pistol with an extended magazine on the man, who was on parole for a violent crime, police wrote.
The perp’s previous violent crime was — yes — home invasion. Recidivism frequently doesn’t pay when your selected victims are armed.
Lt. Jacobsen emphasized that this kind of thing is very unusual in the area. But as the abc10.com report makes clear, this is the third time homeowners have dispatched attackers in the greater Bay Area in the last 10 days.
The incident is similar to two other home intruder crimes that have happened in Modesto in just the past week. On June 30, a Modesto woman was killed during a home invasion in Modesto in what investigators called an act of self-defense. A second similar incident happened on July 2, with a Turlock resident shot and killed after trying to break into a [Modesto] home, culminating in an intense shoot-out between homeowner and intruder.
Even in the gun-controlled nirvana that is the Golden State, armed self-defense is very much a thing.
The real number is easily twice that and probably significantly higher. And with crime soaring as a result of conscious decisions by local elected officials, more armed citizens are exercising their natural right to armed self defense on an almost daily basis.
As the Fairfield homeowner conclusively confirmed, 125 grains of deterrence, judiciously applied, can work wonders in fending off unwanted visitors. That’s a lesson more Californians seem to be learning every day.