“A family was terrorized for nearly 12 hours on Thursday in their home in St. Cloud,” wftv.com reports. “Four gunmen tied up a mother and her daughter before robbing the family, investigators said. The mother’s boyfriend was kidnapped and beaten before investigators found him tied up in the back seat of the family’s car.” It should have been a defensive gun use — although it’s easier said than done when you’re facing four determined gunmen. Yeah, about that . . .
Judging from the number of attackers and the length of the incident, it’s likely that this wasn’t a random crime. It might have been, but I doubt it. And? And everyone has the right to armed self-defense, regardless of any activities or associations which may have led to the attack. But it’s also true that the odds of a truly random home invasion in a good neighborhood are lower than a snake’s belly.
“It makes me worry about my family. You know, this is a pretty good neighborhood. You get outsiders coming in here and you just don’t know,” neighbor Dennis Gembutis said.
That is the truth about home invasions: you just don’t know. Given the whole Kevin Bacon three degrees of separation deal, you’re never too far removed from some bad people. Got guns? A pretty daughter? A relative who’s a drug addict? It’s all too easy to become a target of non-random violence.
In all cases, home carry people. Home carry.