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This time courtesy of LC Chairborne Ranger, who sent us this heartwarming story of a car-jacking gone horribly right:

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — A man with a gun was trying to force a woman out of her car at a fast-food drive-through when the woman’s 17-year-old son wrestled the gun away from him and shot him.

The only thing more worthy of celebration than a goblin getting shot in the commission of a felony is when he’s shot with his own gun. Good job, son!

Carl Chestnut, 44, of Kenner, is expected to survive wounds to his head and body,

Damn.

…and will face armed robbery charges once he is released from East Jefferson General Hospital, Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said Monday.

It would have been safer to hand over the keys and let the gunman drive off, Sheriff Harry Lee said Monday.

And the Sheriff’s office would immediately have given the lady and her son a new car, I presume? It’s truly touching how generous you are with other people’s property, Sheriff fwenchy.

Yes, it’s almost always “safer”, at least in the very short run, to simply submit and let armed troglodytes run off with your hard-earned possessions at will, but who is left without transportation all of a sudden? Who is left with the hassle and torment of replacing their personal papers and other possessions? Who is left with expenses trying to replace the things lost, expenses that can only be paid by giving up more hours of your life in order to earn the funds necessary? Remember this: When somebody steals something of yours, you’re never going to catch up with the loss. Even if you make enough money to buy new stuff, you’re still behind. Because, you see, the time you spent earning money to buy stuff you used to have, had it not been for the robber, could’ve been spent earning money to buy other stuff instead.

That’s something that the “bend over and just give them what they want” crowd always seem to forget. Those belongings of yours represent time and effort that you’ll never have back. The robber didn’t “just” steal your car, he stole part of your life.

And preventing the goblin swine from doing that to himself and his mother wasn’t the only heroic act that 17-year-old kid did. Oh no, not by a long shot. Thanks to his bravery and decisiveness, that goblin won’t be robbing anybody else either, not for a long, long time.

That’s something else to keep in mind: If you’re faced with a goblin trying to rob/rape/murder you, submission isn’t just a decision you make for yourself, it’s a decision you make for an unknown number of future victims.

You may feel quite “clever” if you follow the Sheriff’s imbecilic advice and let the goblin run off with your car, but just how good will you feel about that decision when the same goblin is on the front page of your local newspaper two months later after having gunned down a family of four?

Every single one of your actions leave repercussions, like ripples in a pond after you throw a stone in it.

The same is true of inaction.

Don’t forget that.

39 Responses to “More Happy Endings”
  1. Unregistered Comment by leoni2

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    Good to hear that the kid defended his mother and their car. It’s even better that he used the criminal’s own gun against him.

    And I hope they’ll throw the book at his ass once they put his sorry ass on trial.

  2. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    You don’t mess with Louisiana folks like that. Chances are you’re going to get your ass kicked. Like the guy who tried to rob a Beautician’s School over in Shreveport….all the women in there kicked his ass to hell and back..and with CURLING IRONS. EMT’s had to carry his lousy butt out on a gurney. Folks around here are inventive at using whatever tools will get the job done.

  3. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    Like the guy who tried to rob a Beautician’s School over in Shreveport….all the women in there kicked his ass to hell and back..and with CURLING IRONS.

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yep, I remember that story, Mrs. M. Damn, I miss those days, back when I could watch the news and laugh myself sick afterwards.

  4. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    I miss those days, back when I could watch the news and laugh myself sick afterwards.

    Well just for you Sire.

  5. Fuzzhead Comment by Fuzzhead

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    >the time you spent earning money to buy stuff you used to have, had it not been for the robber, could’ve been spent earning money to buy other stuff instead

    In addition to that, by giving the robber your property and working to by yourself new property, you are essentially financing the robber’s life and activities, and helping him do bad things to other people. In other words, you become an accomplice.

    Surrender is never an option.

  6. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    YAY!!!!!! I like these stories,and I hope he goes to jail for a while-where is the clapping emoticon when you need it?

  7. Unregistered Comment by JonB

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    Hey, can’t have people doing the jobs the police won’t do.
    They can’t allow the citizens to defend themselves, I mean damn, if that happened, and if crime actually stopped, the sheriff would be out of a job!

    Letting criminals go, and promoting crime is job security for the Sheriff, of course he’s going to degrade the kid for doing what was right

  8. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    Hey, can’t have people doing the jobs the police won’t do.
    They can’t allow the citizens to defend themselves, I mean damn, if that happened, and if crime actually stopped, the sheriff would be out of a job!

    I think this “Public Servant” should be out of a job, anyway. When is Jefferson Parrish holding the next election?

  9. sig94 Comment by sig94

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    What the Sheriff neglected to say was that the perp was also wanted for a recent murder.

    Arby’s Carjacker Wanted For Murder
    Posted by Wanda Miles June 19, 2007 8:34PM
    Categories: Breaking News, Kenner News, Kenner Police, Times Picayune
    The suspect in Monday’s attempted carjacking a Metairie fast food restaurant is wanted for murder.

    The Kenner Police Department issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for Carl Chestnut, 44, in connection with the death of Odrey Bordelon, a Kenner trailer park manager who was strangled in his home earlier this month.

    Bordelon’s body was found June 5 in his home at Dixieland Mobile Home and RV Park, 176 W. Airline Drive, Kenner. Authorities believe the motive was robbery.

    More….

    Second man booked in trailer park killing
    Posted by Wanda Miles June 20, 2007 1:04PM
    Categories: Breaking News, Kenner Police, Times Picayune
    The second man wanted in the June 5 strangulation of a Kenner trailer park manager has surrendered to police, authorities said today. Wayne Hayden, 50, of Metairie turned himself in Tuesday night, said Detective Shaun Watson, a Kenner Police Department spokesman.

    Hayden and Carl Chestnut, 44, are suspects in the death of Odrey Bordelon, 60, who was found strangled in his apartment. Both will be booked with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary, police said.

    JonB sez:

    Hey, can’t have people doing the jobs the police won’t do.

    Even worser, can’t give credit to a 17 year old civilian when the police don’t deserve it.

    If this kid had not resisted evil and fought to protect his mother, there is no telling what this scumsack would have done. The kid should have emptied the pistol in the perp’s teeth.

    The US Dept. of Justice commissioned a study that shows that there are over 100,000 defensive gun uses (DGU) that occur in the US every year. Another study shows that there are perhaps over two million.

    For those few of you out there who are still on the cusp, just Google “defensive gun use” and have a go at it. But this quote really says it all:

    Marvin Wolfgang, the late Director of the Sellin Center for Studies in Criminology and Criminal Law at the University of Pennsylvania, considered by many to be the foremost criminologist in the country, wrote in The Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, Northwestern University School of Law, Volume 86, Number 1, Fall, 1995:

    “I am as strong a gun-control advocate as can be found among the criminologists in this country. If I were Mustapha Mond of Brave New World, I would eliminate all guns from the civilian population and maybe even from the police … What troubles me is the article by Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz. [”Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense with a Gun,” by Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz, published in that same issue of The Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology] The reason I am troubled is that they have provided an almost clear cut case of methodologically sound research in support of something I have theoretically opposed for years, namely, the use of a gun in defense against a criminal perpetrator. …I have to admit my admiration for the care and caution expressed in this article and this research. Can it be true that about two million instances occur each year in which a gun was used as a defensive measure against crime? It is hard to believe. Yet, it is hard to challenge the data collected. We do not have contrary evidence. The National Crime Victim Survey does not directly contravene this latest survey, nor do the Mauser and Hart Studies. … the methodological soundness of the current Kleck and Gertz study is clear. I cannot further debate it. … The Kleck and Gertz study impresses me for the caution the authors exercise and the elaborate nuances they examine methodologically. I do not like their conclusions that having a gun can be useful, but I cannot fault their methodology. They have tried earnestly to meet all objections in advance and have done exceedingly well.”

  10. sig94 Comment by sig94

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    The perp was wanted for murder. I’ve tried twice now to make extensive comments on this thread and got shut out. I put it on my blog instead.

    [That’s all you had to say, my friend.  Gotcha covered, sir.  -The Management™]

  11. JeepThang Comment by JeepThang

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    There ought to be more people like that 17yr old, and less like Sheriff Limpy.
    That kind of advice will only get innocent and weaker people killed.
    Some thugs get power trips when people surrender to their demands and hurt them more than they would’ve otherwise.
    And of course, the ripple effect is in motion.
    Good job, young man.
    Now.. take a gun class and start packin yourself.

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    or.. better yet, take several gun classes.*

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  14. LC SkyeChild Comment by LC SkyeChild

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    How long before some bleeding heart comes along and demands that the kid be arrested for unlawful use of a firearm?

  15. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    Well whether the Sheriff likes it or not, Louisiana does have fairly lenient gun laws. The only places we’re prohibited from carrying on a regular basis are restaurants that serve alcohol, or business properties that prohibit it, which is why we no longer go to the Louisiana Riverwalk. Only On/off Duty Law Enforcement are allowed to carry there. Funny thing is, there’s a Bass Pro Store at the North West end where the Riverwalk begins and you can walk in there carrying with no problem at all.
    Louisiana gets a great deal of it’s tourist income from outdoor sports and they’re not about to kill that cash cow. Hunting is big business around here. Gotta keep those corrupt politicians in the money ya know.

    When is Jefferson Parrish holding the next election?

    Not sure, but he’s been the Sheriff for over 25 years now, with the elections being held every two years I believe and was diagnosed with Leukemia in April and they just announced that he was already in remission, so my guess is that he’s going to continue to be Sheriff for quite awhile longer.

    Not sure why he pulled that comment out of his ass the way he did, but for the most part he’s a pretty reasonable guy.

  16. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    Mrs. M:

    Glad to hear that he is normally a reasonable guy. Leukemia two months ago, and already in remission? Was that an actual MD using the “R” word? Seems a wee sooner than normal, IIRC.

    “House of Lee” restaurant - Edge of New Orleans / Metarie? I think I may have eaten there. Pretty good food.

  17. Unregistered Comment by TheSnarkmistress

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    In LA, (yay for this!!!!!!!), we get to use deadly force to defend ourselves while in home or car, with NO duty to first retreat. This is a relatively new thing, but a VERY good thing. All you need to do is express you had reasonable fear.

    I wonder if that 17 yo is single? I have an adorable 16 year old cousin who’s quite handy with her Glock

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    I reckon the only thing wrong with this story is that the 17 year-old kid didn’t kill the offender.
    Sorry to sound so cruel, but this creep will probably find some idiot judge/jury to win a civil lawsuit, then be released way too early, and go right back to doing what he did before. It’s crueler (to society) to wound vermin than just eliminate them!

  19. Brian the sailor Comment by Brian the sailor

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    I’d be very interested to read any follow-up news about this young man. Yes, too bad the goblin survived.
    Also, kudos Sig94. You’re already saved in my favorites.

  20. Unregistered Comment by TheSnarkmistress

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    it’s good he’s in Jefferson Parish, not Orleans … at least there there’s a chance that the D.A. will bring him to trial. In Orleans, he’d be out, and then he’d disappear, just to kill and rob and harm, again and again.

  21. Unregistered Comment by TheSnarkmistress

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    not to mention, the Jefferson Parish civil juries tend to be more conservative than in neighboring Orleans, so damages against the young hero are far less likely there.

  22. Cheapshot911 Comment by Cheapshot911

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    They have tried earnestly to meet all objections in advance and have done exceedingly well.”

    And the Director sound’s like it left a huge lump in his throat.
    Wonder if anything’s really gonna’ change.

    Could he really be taking the revelation to the next logical step?

    ‘Can’t tell if Mope’s betting window is open, the Offset window is,,

  23. Cheapshot911 Comment by Cheapshot911

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    Hmm,, ‘Director being categorised at “late”,, nevamind

  24. The Major Comment by The Major

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    There are lessons to be learned here:

    1) Always empty the clip or cylinder.

    2) If they’re moving, reload and repeat #1. Still a threat because they are obviously reaching for a weapon.

    3) Do not confuse bullet impact for “moving.” Oh, what the hell, repeat #2 until you’re A) out of ammunition and can’t readily buy more B) the barrel melts C) get the warm fuzzies.

    Buy that young man a Glock 20 and take him to the range! He’s got the right stuff, and with a little practice, I’d be honored to have him cover my six anytime, anywhere!

  25. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW

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    Yes, it’s almost always “safer”, at least in the very short run, to simply submit and let armed troglodytes run off with your hard-earned possessions at will, but who is left without transportation all of a sudden?

    And if the 17-year-old hadn’t been successful in wresting the gun from this fucknozzle?

    You can replace transportation and other possessions, but you can’t replace a life.

    It is easy to sit in your chair and say, “If I had been there I would have taken that gun away from him and rammed it straight up his ass.” The reality is, most people would freeze and / or comply with whatever demands the person holding the gun says.

  26. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    Not sure why he pulled that comment out of his ass the way he did, but for the most part he’s a pretty reasonable guy.

    Well, he could’ve been misquoted or quoted out of context. It wouldn’t be the first time a journaljizzmer had pulled THAT stunt, after all.

    For one thing, we don’t know how the question was worded and, for another, we don’t know if that was the FULL answer. It could’ve just been a sentence pulled out that sounded good to the hack.

  27. Lady Heather Comment by Lady Heather

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    Like the guy who tried to rob a Beautician’s School over in Shreveport….all the women in there kicked his ass to hell and back..and with CURLING IRONS.


    Please, please, please tell me those curling irons had been turned on and were HOT…

  28. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    It is easy to sit in your chair and say, “If I had been there I would have taken that gun away from him and rammed it straight up his ass.” The reality is, most people would freeze and / or comply with whatever demands the person holding the gun says.

    Which is understandable, even though it’s not optimal. I’m not saying that it’s not perfectly understandable to freeze up and crap yourself if somebody shoves a firearm in your face, followed by meek submission. Staring down the barrel of a gun is fucking terrifying. I have no patience for people mocking scared grannies or frightened office workers because they show very human signs of fear, I’m just pointing out that it would be better for them and everybody else if they worked on those fears and trained themselves.

    In other words: I want to make it abundantly clear that “it’s safe and free to just give up and hand over your possessions” is a heap of crock, because it simply isn’t true.

    First, it’s not necessarily “safe” even for YOU to surrender. You have NO IDEA what the goblin may have planned for you or what sick and psychotic ideas might pop up in his head the moment you’re completely under his control. Besides, he may just remember that he’s likely to go to jail for a long time if he’s ever caught and, guess what, you’re the only eye-witness alive. For now.

    Second, it’s not “free”, nor are possessions just “things” of no consequence. Let’s say that you have a $15/hr job and that you’ve just let the goblin run away with your $15,000 uninsured car (just an example. If it’s insured there’s the matter of your premiums past and present and your co-pay, not to mention the depreciation on the vehicle, blah, blah, blah).

    This car represents 1,000 hours of your life. That’s, rounding off a lot, 40 days.

    When he makes off with your car, he just stole well over a month of your life. Sure, you can work another 40 days and buy a new car, but you’re still behind. If it hadn’t been for the robber, you could have two cars by now. You’re never going to have those 40 days back.

    Now, whether the risk of injury is worth 40 days to anybody in such a situation I’ll leave up to them. Their life, their situation, their choice, none of my business and I won’t make it mine either. I wasn’t there, I don’t know what went on and I sure as Hell wasn’t the person having to make that tough choice.

    I just want the cost to be on the record, because a lot of people ignore it or are unaware of it and, what’s worse, poo-poo it when people who DO choose to defend themselves try to point out that it’s NOT “just things.”

    Third, it’s not “free” to society either. If the criminal gets away with it, he’ll be free to do it again. What’s worse, he’s now encouraged further, he knows he can “get away with it” (because that’s how dumb criminals think: “If I can get away with it once, I’ll NEVER get caught”). I’m not saying that you’re responsible for any subsequent crimes of his, he’ll always be responsible for his own actions, but I AM saying that the rewards of STOPPING him go far beyond just saving YOUR butt.

    I hope that makes it all clearer.

  29. Cheapshot911 Comment by Cheapshot911

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    Majesty is far, very very far, from being alone in this sentiment:

    but I AM saying that the rewards of STOPPING him go far beyond just saving YOUR butt.

    One of the top reason’s I hang here.
    The NRA’s Armed Citizen compiles graphic supporting cases almost daily.

  30. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW

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    First, it’s not necessarily “safe” even for YOU to surrender. You have NO IDEA what the goblin may have planned for you or what sick and psychotic ideas might pop up in his head the moment you’re completely under his control. Besides, he may just remember that he’s likely to go to jail for a long time if he’s ever caught and, guess what, you’re the only eye-witness alive. For now.

    No, it’s not. But have you ever been shot, Misha? I have — twice. I have also been stabbed three times. You all have this romantic thoughts about guns and how much more courage you have by carrying them, but I hope to G-d you are never on the other side of that barrel. The view is a bit different from that end.

    I was once a bit more proactive — when I was a lot younger. I wasn’t always this lovable easy-going liberal weenie. Now that I am older, I tend to value life a bit more.

    Yes, you have NO IDEA what the perpetrator is going to do. He is either going to try and kill you regardless, or he is not. Most are like rats — ugly, threatening, but unless cornered into acting, they are relatively harmless.

    Yes, you stand the chance of losing your property for a while. That is what the crime victim’s compensation funds are for. And anyone driving without insurance is a fool.

  31. Fuzzhead Comment by Fuzzhead

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    >You all have this romantic thoughts about guns and how much more courage you have by carrying them

    I really doubt you’re going to find people here with “romantic thoughts about guns,” etc. Everybody I know who carries regularly understands very deeply the serious, life-altering consequences of being on either side of the gun.

    >but I hope to G-d you are never on the other side of that barrel. The view is a bit different from that end.

    And that’s why we carry. Not for some glamorous image of being a tough guy or any of that gang/TV/movies crap, but because it’s a moral imperative to defend ourselves and those we care about. I carry always and everywhere, and every day I pray (literally) that I won’t have to use it but that if I do have to that I’ll use it well.

    As has been mentioned, when we who actually do fight back against bad guys fight back, it’s not just about the value of the property and what we lose trying to create or earn it again. There is a fundamental principle that is lost on many, especially those on the left. You don’t let evil have its way. Period. If I do, then my life isn’t worth anything anyway.

    The same thing is at play with the amnesty bill. Those of us who are against amnesty for illegal aliens aren’t against people from other countries coming to the U.S. We’re against people breaking the law. We’re against people doing bad things. We’re against evil. So we fight back.

    Unfortunately, we’ve become a deeply and thoroughly wussified nation, a morally mushy nation, and the bad guys know it. The more people who back down, the more pleasant the working environment of the bad guys. Maybe I’ll have to sacrifice my life as one small piece of the effort to change that, but if nobody does it, then evil wins.

    Maybe I believe that way because I’m a Christian and I believe that my existence is more than the tiny amount of time I spend on Earth, but I can live passively and back down from dangerous confrontations with evil and take that dark legacy into eternity with me at the end of a long, pathetic life, or I can take the chance of dying early and not give an inch to the devil, and know that I returned to my God with honor.

    >That is what the crime victim’s compensation funds are for.

    So, we let others pay for it. That adds a hundredfold to the dishonor.

  32. Cheapshot911 Comment by Cheapshot911

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    That is what the crime victim’s compensation funds are for.

    Plenty of reasons to do nothing.

  33. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    But have you ever been shot, Misha? I have — twice. I have also been stabbed three times.

    That’s called being a slow learner.

    I know you have this exalted feeling of superiority about allowing the goblins to do their thing without interference from you Dj, but how many more times do that have to happen before you finally decide enough is enough?

  34. Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P. Comment by Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P.

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    But have you ever been shot, Misha? I have — twice. I have also been stabbed three times. You all have this romantic thoughts about guns and how much more courage you have by carrying them, but I hope to G-d you are never on the other side of that barrel.

    Stabbed twice, shot at twice. Caught a few fragments from the second incident. Not pleasant, but being able to shoot back on both occasions sure helped me feel better about being where I had every right to be. Just glad that I didn’t kill anybody in either of those instances. Paperwork would have still been a bitch. (But breaking my Sneaky Pete on that stupid fucker’s head that cut me at The Copper Cue was NOT calculated to make me happy.)

    Yes, you stand the chance of losing your property for a while. That is what the crime victim’s compensation funds are for.

    You gonna loan me a car to make my sixty mile commute to work until that “victim’s compensation fund” kicks in there, Deej?

    And anyone driving without insurance is a fool.

    When the choice is between driving with liability coverage only, (my car is paid in full, I own it, not the bank), and paying the bills, and driving with full coverage and NOT paying the bills, I am going to carefully drive with my liability only coverage.

  35. Cheapshot911 Comment by Cheapshot911

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    BooYah Guido!
    Broke a sap on a sap’s noggin? Wowch.

    My pet nightmare is standin’ by, helpless.
    If having a clip full of options is romantic,, sweet.

  36. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    A que stick in the eye works wonders, too. Back during my more foolish,younger days. Like learning about new math, the kind you learn drunk…as in four of us and twenty of them. They were outnumbered, you see. A memorial thanksgiving evening in a New York City pizza parlor back in ‘71. We left… I have had a beer pitcher bounced offa’ my head, that thick Irish skull came through for me big time. You ever walk across the George Washington Bridge beaten up, hungover and cold. I have……. We left……quickly.
    But I have been shot at twice, never hit. Ran like a fucking rabbit, as I was unarmed. Been cut once, threated with cold steel several times. All this now being part and parcel as to why I am no fan of victimhood……the look of surprise on their faces looking down a gun barrel is priceless…….the decimel point drops out of the caliber.

  37. Xystus Comment by Xystus

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    No experience here, just a few principles I keep in mind & will probably(??) never need to worry about:

    Handguns are relatively inaccurate firearms, especially when brandished by undisciplined idiots; all the TV writing in the world can’t fix that. As for point-blank criminals–use it or lose it, punk–as in if you haven’t shot me within the initial second or so I’m going to grab & re-point your gun while smashing the inside of your elbow or slashing your tendons with a habitually-carried stiletto. If punk sticks a double-action revolver in my face, he’s presumably unaware how easily I can defeat it with a grip on the cylinder (assuming the hammer’s not cocked, in which case it’s a little harder). [Obviously all this doesn’t apply to, say, a shotgun at several yards]

    Speaking of pool cues in the eye, I’m informed that the business end of a broom there is a fine means for momentary incapacitation.

    At any rate, I’ve long been told I’m gonna die sooner or later, of natural or unnatural causes. Some bastard kills me, it ain’t my problem!

    Note: None of the above is to be taken as deprecating the well-known benefits of packing heat.

  38. Cannon Fodder Comment by Cannon Fodder

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    While I agree that the kid was very heroic, he shot the guy in the head! The guy can claim a loss of memory and some form of disability after this and possibly get away with it. I say that because I remember Duncan Procter. He was a serial rapist in Charleston, SC some years ago.

    When the cops finally caught up to him, he led them on a high speed car chase that ended in an accident, a really bad one! He got pretty messed up and sustained a severe head injury. He went into court saying he had no memory of what he did and he never spent a day in jail for it.

    However, he is in a nursing home and will never rape another individual again. But, justice wasn’t served for his victims either!

  39. AyUaxe Comment by AyUaxe

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    This is the second carjacking foiled by an armed citizen in the NOLA area in the last 10 days or so. Earlier one was an off-duty NOLA cop–perp tried to steal his car with a couple of his kids in it–no hospital for that perp. Both occurred in areas typically almost untouched by crime and the perps seem to have been a little out of the ordinary, too. Looks a lot like meth fall-out to me, but what matters is that the more of these a–holes get shot, the less likely others will figure victims will just give up their cars. La. passed a “shoot the carjacker law,” like most states have “shoot the burglar” laws, giving one the right to cap that carjacker on a legal presumption that he’s armed, threatening your life, and no retreat is required. It works best if they get killed, particularly if it’s like those roach bait things and they crawl back to whatever hive they came out of and bleed all over the place. That really seems to get the message across.

    Problem with walking the yellow line in these instances is that too often the scum doesn’t just want your car or even if they do, if you’re too compliant, they may get the idea they can squeeze you for more and you’re off to a Channon Christopher /Chris Newsom event. If someone’s crazy enough to threaten you with a gun in an Arby’s drive-thru, they’re crazy enough to take you and your car and do unspeakable things, ending in your death. Don’t F—in’ let them!

    Sheriff Harry Lee has been one of the toughest and best law enforcement officials in this region for decades. He calls ‘em like he sees ‘em. I’d be surprised if the quote attributed to him was reported in context. I’d expect his statement to be more like, “Way to go kid! It might’ve been safer to hand over the keys, but sometimes courage is better than safe; so, damn, way to go!” That said, he’s an old, increasingly decrepit man now and the “give ‘em what they want” mantra is pervasive LEO liability avoidance speak. It’ll be sad if the Chinese Cowboy goes gently into that good night. At least we know we’ve got a 17 year old who could step up.