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Police arrest OC man in church

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Sam Spade, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

    Does anyone really expect someone alarmed by a heavily armed man to walk up to him and strike up a conversation?

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  2. dbak

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    i see. and i agree some people are just stupid
     


  3. Cavalry Doc

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    Well, all we have is a black box. We know a very small amount about what went in, almost nothing about what occurred inside, and a fair amount about what came out. Obviously, the right thing happened, no one was hurt.

    I can see someone going up and talking to him. Personally, I'd have liked to have a buddy nonchalantly take up an overwatch position over him, and a couple more watch the other entrances and exits before I went over. It would all depend on his demeanor after that. Psycho-motor agitation (fidgeting), eye contact, pitch of voice, startle reflex, pale moist skin, dilated pupils.... if that didn't look good, and depending on where his hands were, he'd be one "allahu akbar" away from three rounds to the head, timed halfway through a question I was asking him. I am not a super ninja, or a spy, or anything special, but I do know how to look at someone and pretty quickly assess whether they are about to do something bad. Other tips, any chance his wife was dressed oddly too? Dressing better than normal would have been another red flag. Was she sweating bullets? Car bombers in Iraq would prepare themselves to meet Mohammed, which usually meant they were very well dressed in bright white, perfumed etc.

    Tough call. Glad it all turned out. Still, way too little is known about this to make any calls yet. Only thing for sure, is that the members of the church, and the police seem to have done the right thing.
     
  4. Zut

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    With apologies to Russ, I would not have been upset if someone had dropped him right as he walked in the door. There are too many nutcases walking around trying to prove something to risk a bunch of innocent church goers. We can't carry in a church here in Georgia and if I couldn't quickly get my wife and kids out the back door, I would have jumped on him...
     
  5. Stevekozak

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    If they knew him, maybe they would not be so much alarmed as curious. Ever been in a small town church?
     
  6. Cavalry Doc

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    Heroes can be found in the most surprising places, a small town church is not a place I would be surprised to find a hero.
     
  7. Stevekozak

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    You want someone to just "drop you" if they decide that they don't like what you are wearing, what you are carrying, or if you make them uneasy? You should let everyone in your town know. I bet there is someone there that will be glad to have that little nugget of news. :whistling:
     
  8. Cavalry Doc

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    There is a context to be considered here:

    http://gunssavelives.net/self-defen...-at-gunpoint-prevents-possible-mass-shooting/

    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/14808321/detail.html

    http://www.ask.com/wiki/Knoxville_Unitarian_Universalist_church_shooting

    http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2...-dead-one-critical-in-md-church-shooting?lite

    http://www.9news.com/news/article/264669/71/Pastors-mother-shot-in-church-shooting

    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/20...cott-city-church-women-shot-bonnybridge-place





    Like I said earlier, this could have been prevented by Concealed carry. There is a time and a place for everything. Things that are odd are reasonable to pay attention too. What would you think if a guy walked into a convenience store with an unholstered handgun?

    Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should.
     
  9. Stevekozak

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    I understand the context to which you are referring, but find it quite a dangerous attitude to have to want to shoot someone dead just because they are garbed out in a particular way or are carrying a particular type of gun. Proceed with caution, perhaps, gun them down, no. At this point, I would be more afraid to walk into a room containing Zut than into one containing the guy from the church. Given only what I have read about or from each of them. To my knowledge, the man from the church had not advocated gunning anyone down based on first impressions. :wavey:
     
  10. Cavalry Doc

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    Whoa there hoss...... Who said anything about wanting to shoot someone? Guy walks into a church decked out for a zombie invasion or mass shooting...... Yeah, I'd be doing a threat assessment. The bag is the big deal for me. Some of us have been places where those things can go bad real quick.

    I do not know what he had planned, I have no way to know that. But it appears he wanted attention. He has it now. Lucky him huh? If he was not up to no good, why didn't he mention it to the congregation the previous week. Communication can go a long way to avoiding trouble.

    I'm still suspicious.
     
  11. Jon_R

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    I am sure he is referencing post 124 assuming from the poster drop him equals shoot him as soon as he walks in the door.

     
  12. Cavalry Doc

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    Shooting and killing someone is a choice based on circumstances. No one said that they wanted too. You'd have to be very naive to want to shoot someone. It's not pretty, and not nearly as glamorous as TV makes it seem.
    Usually, it's very expensive.

    But just because you don't want to, in today's world, you have to consider whether you will have too when you run into someone in that scenario. Nothing is certain, but a threat assessment is in order. If a crook is packing, getting ready to heist a corner store, and someone walks in open carrying, he's going to do something similar, probably with less objective evidence, he will decide what to do based on fear..... Could be a good thing, could be bad.

    The guy got the attention he wanted, just not sure it ended the way he wanted.
     
  13. Zut said he would drop the mo fo. This may be extreme, but I understand where he is coming from.

    As a police officer, I would give the subject one command, maybe even two commands, and depending on his reaction I would engage (or not).
     
  14. Stevekozak

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    Well, I thought Zut did. If I misunderstood Zut's meaning when he said "I would not have been upset if someone had dropped him right as he walked in the door", then I apologise. It sure seemed to me that he was refering to putting one in his melon. Threat assessment needs to be much more than glancing at what a person is wearing or carrying, before deciding to shoot someone. I think we are probably looking at this much the same, but perhaps have different ideas about what Rut meant in his post. I agree 100% that communication can go a long way in avoiding trouble. I should hope that some would be forthcoming before deciding to "drop someone" regardless of the meaning of the phrase.
     
  15. Misty02

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    I agree. There isn’t enough information for us. It’s quite likely some of those present had more information, including but not limited to conversations or observations from previous encounters. It could have been just observations from that day. Assuming the article is correct; I do believe there was enough to raise the red flag that resulted in the 911 call. The remainder of the inventory seems highly suspicious as well.

    Now, if he had discussed with others before that day that he was coming in full military gear with his rifle in celebration of Independence Day and to pay respect for all fallen military personnel who gave their life to preserve that Independence for all others, someone would have stood up and spoken on his behalf (which we don’t know if it happened or not). Granted, after finding the illegally carried concealed handgun and the illegally possessed morphine pills there wouldn’t have been much anyone present could have done to prevent his arrest.


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  16. Bren

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    Look at it this way - at best, shooting him when he walks in would stop a nutcase from killing a bunch of people...at worst, there'd be one less ninja posting about OC in GNG.:rofl:
     
  17. The person presenting their self as a threat real or perceived needs to consider whether it's worth the risk of getting shot as they walk in the door too. He knew he would not be received with yawns. No one is saying shoot someone because they appear different. But a threat needs to be evaluated very quickly. That could mean a pre-emtive shot at first appearance right or wrong. People reacting to protect their families can and should move to stop a threat "before" it does harm to themselves or their families. So don't walk into church appearing as a threat and you won't have to worry.
     
  18. Misty02

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    Obviously that wasn’t necessary. We can carry at church in FL and it is very likely there would have been more than a handful ready for possible conflict. Me? I would have gotten an unexpected stomach ache (or something) and my entire family would have had to take me home right then and there. The big question is, would I have been able to pull both our boys out of there with the possibility of friends being at risk and perhaps needing back-up until the police arrived? Hopefully not a question I ever need to find the answer for.

    Thankfully the whole family is aware and agrees that the most successful gun fight is the one you’re not there for; however, when other family members or close friends are at risk the rules of the game change.

    Additionally, he had been honorably discharged from the military. My entire family has a very high level of respect and admiration for those that have served. Why would you shoot such a person (or anyone else for that matter) unless you had absolutely no other choice left?
    http://privateofficernews.wordpress.com/tag/robin-lee-hernandez/

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  19. Misty02

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    It could have, but it appears he wasn’t licensed for concealed carry as that was one of the charges. Of course, if no one noticed, no one would have been the wiser.

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  20. Misty02

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    I don’t necessarily agree. People reacting to protect their families can and should move their rears out of there if at all possible, engaging the threat (for me) is the last alternative when a safe escape is not available.

    You just reminded me of a comment made by a friend in jest one day “maybe you all should separate and tactically sit in different sections”. Our entire family getting up and vacating a whole pew may not go unnoticed by someone with intent to do something stupid during the service. Maybe that deserves a bit more thought. :embarassed:

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