“Police are looking for two men who knocked on the man’s door about 8:30 a.m.,” yakimaherald.com reports. “One of the men punched the resident in the face as they forced their way into the home. After stuffing unspecified property into backpacks, they tied a plastic bag over the victim’s head and struck him several times with the tire iron.” Unspecified eh? The kind you smoke or snort? Setting aside the vic’s theoretical involvement in the illegal drug trade, we can learn from his series of unfortunate events. There are three main takeaways for people who don’t wish to to know what it’s like to have someone beating on your head with a solid object in the former privacy and comfort of your own home . . .
1. It pays not to advertise
My FFL handles estate sales. Over a fine Cuban cigar he told me about a former colleague who’d share clients’ antiques and firearms ownership intel with a crew of thugs. They’d break in to the owner’s home, tie up the residents, rough them up (for fun) and steal their valuables. There was big money and not a small amount of bloodshed.
This could be you. Be extremely careful with whom you share the joy and excitement of owning fine things, especially firearms and cocaine. That’s doubly true when dealing with appraisers, pawn shops, gun dealers, etc. As for stunting and flossing on the Internet or throwing down at the gun club, you boost your ego, you take your chances.
2. Don’t open your door to strangers
“According to the news release, the two men knocked on the victim’s door and asked for a woman whom the victim did not know. It was then one of them punched the victim in the face and entered the residence.”
I know what you’re thinking: who does that? Most people will open their door to a person who doesn’t look threatening, especially during daylight hours. Bad idea. Even if the visitor seems genuine. What if the bad guys had asked for a women the victim did know? What if they came dressed as cops? Canvassers? Mailmen?
I don’t want to go all Three Days of the Condor on you but you don’t know who you don’t know and who you don’t know could kill you. With a tire iron. Best to play it safe. If someone service-oriented (e.g., gas meter reader) shows up out of the blue phone the company to verify their employment.
Even if you kinda sorta know who’s knocking on your door and open the portal, why not keep a little distance between you and the person coming on deck? One punch in the face can ruin your whole morning. Open the door and step back. Way back. Armed.
3. Home carry
Anything that happens home invasion-wise is going to happen fast. Evolution has eliminated the bad guys who don’t understand the advantages of speed, surprise and violence of action. The window of opportunity for a counter-attack is going to be very, very small. Which you can realize with a very, very small gun.
I’ve got no problem carrying my Caracal C in an RKBA Kydex holster around the house. But I understand the desire for slob around comfort. That’s why I bought and recommend a Kahr PM-9. Also good: the Ruger LC9 and Smith & Wesson 642. There are loads ‘o mouse guns that fit in any size pocket. Answering the door to an unexpected visitor with your hand in your pocket resting on a gun is just plain common sense.
Like hurricanes in Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire, home invasions hardly ever happen. But sometimes they do. When they do, you need to be as ready as you can be. Home carry, people. Home carry.