This looks like a good place for a stick-up.

avatar 013“Troubled times had come to my hometown
My hometown, my hometown, my hometown”  Bruce Springsteen

Troubled times have come to my hometown, too, Bruce.  Yesterday morning, about 01:23, two black young men committed three armed robberies in a row.

1.  A truck driver, waiting for the O’Reilly’s Auto Store to open so that he could make a delivery was first on the list.

2.  A few blocks away, they knocked on the door of the second sheep, who opened the door to trouble.  (That’s another post!)  At gunpoint, the criminal youths forced him back inside, and he lost some of his stuff to these thugs.

3.  Less than half a mile later, they held up a gas station/convenient store.

One troubling thing about these robberies is that MY home is within 3/4 of a mile of each place.  Even more troubling is that the Marion Police Station is near my home.  So, as they say, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.  Each victim was able to call the police AFTER the crime.  Fortunately no one needed to call the coroner.

WSIL TV  interviewed a neighbor of the home invasion victim.  “You know I have a newborn and my wife is at home so we bought a security system and actually just left Dunn’s and was looking at guns,” said an anonymous neighbor. “These little punks are running around with guns that have no right to have them and here we don’t have the right to carry them ourselves.”

robbery suspectThe face of trouble.

Do you own a gun?  Where is it?  How quickly can you get to it?  Can you fire/reload/fire – UNDER PRESSURE?

My wife and I continue to increase our firearms/ammunition supplies and skills.  Trouble lives in my hometown.  And moving isn’t an option, Bruce.

“Last night me and Kate we laid in bed talking about getting out
Packing up our bags maybe heading south
I’m thirty-five we got a boy of our own now
Last night I sat him up behind the wheel and said son take a good
Look around
This is your hometown”  Bruce Springsteen