From the personal defense files comes the latest broad daylight lesson from the great northwest about armed self defense and the effectiveness of orders of protection in deterring
From KOMO News . . .
Kennewick (Washington) Police say they were called out at about 1:20 p.m., to the 2700 block of south Sherman Street on Thursday.
KPD says a woman called about an armed man with a two-by-two steel pipe, who was trying to break down her door.
Police say the woman had a gun and barricaded the back door while waiting for officers.
The 65-year-old creeper who tried to force his way into the home — Monty Bockman — was arrested by police when they eventually arrived. It seems someone who lives in the home had an order of protection against Bockman, but for some reason, that piece of paper wasn’t much of a deterrent.
Police noted how impressed they were that the woman didn’t open fire on Bockman.
Kennewick police say they were, “impressed with her great restraint and example of being an armed citizen in our city during a very traumatic event.”
Too many people put their faith in a judge’s restraining order or order of protection to ensure their safety. But a piece of paper has no effect on someone who’s bent on doing another person harm (for examples, see here, here, and here). Try waiving a judge’s order in the face of your attacker if you want to test that theory.
Fortunately, in this case, the woman was armed in the event that her door barricade didn’t hold. Even more fortunately, she was never faced with the choice of whether or not to pull the trigger. No matter how justified, that’s a decision the defender will have to live with for the rest of their life.
The lesson here is and aways should be, you are responsible for your own safety. You are your own first responder. A judge’s order means less than nothing to many violent, abusive individuals. For their part, the police simply can’t respond quickly enough and don’t have a duty to protect you anyway.
More Americans are coming to that realization every day and are buying firearms at a never-seen-before pace.