I’ve been meaning to write this up for a week now but haven’t had time, but now I do.
Last week, a group of males drove to a house in the Lakewood/Tacoma are after getting into an argument via a text with a resident of the neighborhood. After calling out the guy they were arguing with they proceeded to start a melee in the street. The resident’s mother exited her house with a baseball bat in an attempt to break up the fight.
One of the non-resident males then pulled out a pistol, pointed it at her and then fired a shot off into the air. The males then got back in their car and drove off. However, before leaving the block the front seat passenger turned and fired multiple shots back at the residence.
One of these hit a neighbor who had exited her home to see if she could render assistance after the males drove off. It entered her left eye and did the damage you’d expect, killing her immediately.
I live in Tacoma, but I don’t live anywhere near that neighborhood, or any neighborhood that even has a reputation for incidents like that in the past. In fact, I can count the number of high school/college aged “young adults” in my neighborhood on one hand. It was part of the reason The Wife and I chose this neighborhood.
However, I plan on being here for a while and know that when the retirees/soon-to-be retirees leave they will rent/sell their homes and that I have no control over who moves in. I also know that Chaos rules the universe and anything can happen at anytime to anyone.
So I have a plan. For every circumstance that I can imagine (and having seen some ghastly situations live and in person, I can imagine quite ghastly things), including this one.
As I heard the new radio station reporting the story I ran through my plan for this exact situation. I know the tools I will need, where they are, the exit, the path, and the position. I also know the law, which dictates the breadth of my available reactions, and the points at which certain options become available.
A carload of “yoots” enter your neighborhood and their sole intent is to assault and threaten the lives of your neighbors and raise general hell.
How long will you take to make ready your defense? If you’re over 60 seconds your defense is useless. Your AAR will consist of “and my neighbor took a bullet to the head as I was loading up a mag.” I’m 15 seconds or less from any point in the house to my ready-long gun (either my AR, my HK or my 1187). Then I’m 20 to 25 more to get outside and into position for a situation in the street. That leaves me 20 to assess any changes in the situation that took place in those 40 seconds.
If you don’t figure this shit out now, you may as well just stay sitting on the couch scratching your balls and reading the news reports the next day.