False alarm and lesson learned

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  1. bambam33

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    For years I’ve made it a habit to carry while in my house, watching TV, in my garage, mowing the grass, etc. I never go anywhere without a gun because you never know when trouble may find you. Friday, I hear this loud impact in my living room, then a second and a third time. I thought someone was kicking in my French doors. As I’m making my move the impacts start increasing. I enter the living room and see my son’s mylar helium balloon has floated into the ceiling fan. Fortunately, the situation was peacefully resolved with the flick of a switch.

    The incident confirmed what I always thought. If someone had kicked in my door, there was no time to unlock the safe, no time to run to my bedroom, no time to call the police. Bad things happen quick. You got to do the best you can to keep yourself prepared.
     
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    Should have shot the balloon anyway.
     

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    Yup, reassert dominance. Otherwise the balloon will do it again.
     
  4. Intolerant

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    False alarm... it was a balloon kill folks
     
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    pittpa What did I come in here for?

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    If I got a nickel for every ballon that drifted into our ceiling fan...
     
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    I always cap the balloon. Not gonna take no chances with Mylar.
     
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    Shoot first ask questions later. The balloon had it coming.

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  10. Mugsie1

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    That was only a test balloon. The real balloon attack will happen at 0200 when you're fast asleep.
    I'd post someone in the living room every night from now on.
     
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    This is where wax bullets come in handy.

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    Breaking window/sliding door glass, and a door being kicked in, can be pretty distinct sounds.

    Like hearing the difference between a veh backfire and a gun shot, and recognize the smell of MJ and any other foliage being burned/smoked ... once you hear (smell) it, you tend to remember it and would likely be able to determine "Is it real, or is it Memorex?" the next time. ;)

    A balloon going bump against a ceiling fan? It's a "bump" ... or a pop.
     
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    rock_castle Stay home if you're afraid of the flu

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    Hey, balloon lives matter....
     
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    And No time to chamber a round.


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    Suggested addition to your EDC...

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    What color was the balloon?

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    Somehow I think this story was inflated.
     
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    I do the very same thing. I have at least five PERSONAL stories to confirm my OWN vigilance at maintaining a safe environment, that's for sure, and that's also too many... Heck, back in February, I had two fugitives jump into my back yard as they were running from the police. I heard them, but didn't see them. Could've taken a wrong turn (for them), but am glad it didn't.

    Like you said: Ya just never know when trouble's gonna find ya!

    Enjoyed the read. Gave me a good chuckle! Thanks!
     
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    In most circumstances ( absent kids), I do not disagree with a person keeping a firearm easily accessible so long as it does not violate some sort of storage law. I certainly keep my firearm open and accessible while at home but not necessarily on my person.

    That said, I am not sure that a balloon stuck in a ceiling fan in any sort of indicator that a person needs to carry their weapon on them while at home. If a badguy can near instantaneously enter your home and get the jump on you, I would say you have sorely ignored some basic security imperatives.

    I am not going to carry a gun in my pocket while at home.. I just wont live that way. That being the case, I have bolstered the level of security regarding doors and windows. I have also took steps to make my home more uninviting to most criminals.

    Back to the story.. I don't understand how a balloon caught in a ceiling fan caused you to believe someone was kicking in your door. That's really neither here nor there, I guess. Its still a good discussion none the less.
     
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