Thursday, August 31, 2006

Two Home Invasions With Two Different Results!

It did not take long to find a blog worthy article in the local news for today's post. The headline caught my attention, and I clicked on it to see what I could learn, if anything, to help bolster my personal home protection measures. This is the headline: "Man dies trying to escape home invasion". Violent home invasions are on the increase throughout the United States, and we get our share in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. What was interesting about this particular article by Bill Miller is the fact that the article covered two home invasions that occurred in the area last night. Here are a couple of clips from the article:

Home invasion #1:

A Dallas man died late Wednesday after jumping through a window to escape three robbers who burst into his apartment, north of the city's downtown area, officials said.

Sansiski Daniels, 43, died at about 11 p.m. at Parkland Memorial Hospital where he was taken following the home invasion in the 3200 block of Cedar Springs Road, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Home invasion #2:

In another overnight home invasion, the would-be robber was hospitalized, said Sgt. Ross Salverino, a detective in the robbery unit...

...But, Salverino said, one of the residents grabbed his own pistol and gunfire was exchanged. One of the suspects was shot multiple times and the other fled. The wounded man was taken to Baylor Medical Center, but his condition was unavailable early Thursday.

No one else was hurt in the shootout, Salverino said.

One home responded as the police recommend, and as is law in some states. That man is dead. The second home responded by standing their ground and protecting themselves. Those people are still alive. Which was the better result?

Why is it that the story of the good guy that escaped injury because of his prompt action with a firearm is buried within the story where the homeowner died? If both accounts are in the same article, why wasn't the headline something along the lines of: "Home Invasion Attempt Foiled by Armed Resident"?

The moral of this story seems quite obvious. Take the necessary measures to protect yourself and your family. A good means of personal protection is a firearm. If you decide that a firearm would be a good tool to have for yourself and your family, receive quality training in the safe use of that firearm.

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