‘Be a Victim’ is No Way to Run the Republic

The danger of stopping this comes from more than lawbreakers. (Murfreesboro TN Police Department/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Police are urging Murfreesboro residents not to confront car burglars after a homeowner exchanged gunfire with a suspect this weekend,” NBC Nashville affiliate WSMV4 reports.

“We urge residents to use caution and never approach or engage with criminals,” the Murfreesboro Police Department advises. “You don’t want to take a chance of being shot or killed. Property can be replaced, lives can’t. The best advice for residents is, if you see or hear anything suspicious, or see someone breaking into your car, call police immediately.”

“Unfortunately, we can’t be on every street at the same time,” another police spokesman admits before making an unlikely promise. “It’s only a matter of time before we arrest these criminals and hold them accountable.”

It’s true—as the saying goes, when seconds count, the police are minutes away. As for the B.S. pledge about catching the perps and making them pay, the guy spouting that knows it’s nonsense, but it’s what his bosses expect him to say.

“Our Violent Crimes Unit is dedicated to solving each case that it is assigned,” the Murfreesboro Police Department claims on its website.  “However, sometimes many unsolved cases are placed on hold, primarily to a lack of evidence or witnesses.”

Note the operative word is “violent.” Property crimes are a much lower priority. And most of either kind go unsolved in the U.S.

Neighborhood Scout compiles crime data to rate Murfreesboro 15 out of a scale of 100, meaning 85 percent of U.S. cities are safer (at least it beats nearby Nashville, which comes in at a “whopping” 3). They would not have such dismal numbers if they had a handle on things, first on catching bad guys and then on actually “holding them accountable.”

Any bets if they do catch the sociopathic morons who exchanged fire with the homeowner, they’ll find repeat arrests and that they’re “prohibited” by law from having guns? Or that those who choose premeditated criminality remain unmoved and unreformed by government grant programs, that is, more “redistribution” of property coerced out of the productive sector…?

No doubt, there are reasons why citizens should think twice about confronting those committing criminal acts, but prominent among those is that the same “law” that fails to “secure the Blessings of Liberty” will turn on them should they try. Consider the legal ordeal of the McCloskeys, who showed a mob of property-destroying trespassers they were armed, and consider a truism observed on Instapundit:

“They want you cowering in your home, calling for police protection that their political action has made sure won’t come.”

The would-be controllers, that is, the violence monopolists, want you to view the police as the “Only Ones” qualified to be armed and to respond. They don’t want you to be capable and brave. Why?

Consider the entitled outrage visited on citizens who legitimately defend against predators, with the family members who raised the violent misfit demanding those refusing to be victims and successfully fighting back be the ones punished. Consider the political establishment that sustains, enables, and makes the criminal subculture an inevitable byproduct of planned dependency, siding with aggressors against defenders like George Zimmerman and Kyle Rittenhouse because that’s what garners more urban votes.

Just give those who claim your property (and more) what they want and call the police afterward. Then watch as conditioned surrender results in unchecked lawlessness and destruction spreading, until what “authorities” refused to control in problem neighborhoods engulfs (what were supposed to be) the centers of civilization. And no place within them is safe.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People,” John Adams told the Massachusetts Militia in 1798. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

That militia, which Adams and the other Founders deemed “necessary to the security of a free State,” is as officially and societally disparaged and undermined as morality and religion. Those who champion the indispensable value of all three are demonized (and prosecuted when the opportunity presents itself) as haters and extremists.

Unless and until that reality changes, we and any alliances we’ve formed are on our own in our respective neighborhoods (that is, areas of operation). That means it’s up to us and to our individual judgment, training, and knowledge of personal limitations to make the call on whether predatory actions are best forcefully engaged and resisted or surrendered to and endured.

With the stipulation that I’m not a lawyer and can’t give qualified legal advice, listen to someone who can if you ignore official platitudes and successfully “approach or engage”: Afterward, do not talk to the police. Don’t try to justify yourself to them no matter how sympathetic or understanding they appear to be. Anything you say can and will be held against you. Let your attorney do all your talking.

Don’t talk to reporters, either. Even if no criminal charges are involved, make your default assumption that disgruntled relatives looking for a revenge payday will retain a lawyer if they think they’ve got a shot, and use whatever you say to their advantage.


About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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TNJEWBOY

Just shoot the little bastards.
This crap must be stopped, especially in Tennessee.

Say, let’s make carjacking a capital crime.

Wild Bill

I agree. We used to hang horse thieves because horses were so important to survival. Our cars are no less important to our survival. Carjacking is even worse because the jacker threatens his victim with death to complete the theft.

incorrigible

I’ll bet that those police follow their own advice and don’t approach or engage with criminals either! “To protect (our asses) and Serve (our own interests)”

Wild Bill

Yeah, I bet some do~

CaptainKerosene

I read the comments. So will the DA at a trial for homicide.
Know the Laws on Use of force, citizens arrest, conspiracy and the cost of a good lawyer.

CaptainKerosene

Keep in mind the difference between car jacking and theft.
A car jacking involves an occupied vehicle. Your another is in the vehicle and my be killed, kidnapped, raped or murdered.
Using leathal force is justified and necessary.
Your vehicle and contents is or should be insured. Get a description. Take a picture while calling 911. If they attack you, a possibility, defense is legal.
If your in the wilderness, desert or Arctic your life depends on the water, food and shelter. In that case use of force to defend your life seems proper.

swmft

if there is a gun or ammo stored in car killing perp is justified

CaptainKerosene

A firearm stored is still just property. Shooting just the stop the theft.of property is not justifiable in most circumstances.
If you know that the wrapping will immediately be used in an assault it might be justified. Police officers used to make such a decision but now cops won’t shoot even if they know the peep will attack and kill someone if they steal the gun.

Wild Bill

No, it is more that just property. Property took part of your limited time on earth to acquire. That is stolen from you, too.

Wild Bill

If thieves take your property, they negate all the time that it took you to work for the money to buy whatever they steal. You never get that time back … not ever. Thieves are taking part of your life span.

Tionico

These clowns seem to have the idea that their “esteemed” Boro hosts only fourteen violent criminals, and that its only a matter of a short while before they will all be identified and brought to”justice”. Or maybe its twenty eight. Oh shoot, there are 372 of them, Still and all, its only a matter of (some) time before they are all safely behind bars and sporting their clean shiney well pressed orange onesies. Meanwhile, because of the good pickings and lazy coppers, for every one they catch and don’t release overnight, ten more hear about the Good Life in Murfreesboro… Read more »

Boz

l carry a gun, because a cop is too heavy.

Better judged by 12 than carried by 6.

Cops only show up in the aftermath to take a report, hopefully not of your death.

An unarmed man can only flee from evil; and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.

I am the first responder; because the alternative is to be the first victim.

Arny

Does your neighborhood have a backhoe ? Use it, it’s cheaper than court.

swmft

3 long arm excavators dig as deep as you want

Tionico

We have collectively one backhoe, two trackhoes, two ten yard dump trucks, and about as many chainsaws as we have residents. AND the ability to coooperate and look after each other. I do not know WHO has/uses guns, but I hear POP POP POP on a regular basis. No one hereabouts seems to mind.

swmft

i know what you mean about chainsaws they seem to multiply like rabbits I own 5 and two pole saws yet there are 9 in my garage i replaced fuel lines and primers on the four and sharpened them but who left them for me to fix ?? guess I will find out next hurricane mine all get used so

Bigfootbob

I will repeat, do not talk to reporters. Very sage advice.

JSNMGC

I don’t think that is the main take-away from this article.

swmft

run and hide that is the police advise , mine is arm up and carry on , get plenty of practice at various distances, dont want to miss the target

JSNMGC

The police certainly could have articulated a message that was less tolerant of criminals.

Also, “sometimes many:”

“However, sometimes many unsolved cases are placed on hold, primarily to a lack of evidence or witnesses.”

I wonder how many violent crimes against law enforcement, or their families, are placed on hold.

john

Correct do not speak to anyone not even to law enforcement first and foremost. When the time comes that you had to protect yourself or your family from harm. Here a video there a video everywhere a video camera take the challenge how many can you count in your daily travels.

” The truth is you best allie next to God”.

Jonesy

Murfreesboro used to be known as Nuclear City. I guess they were braver back then. Mostly Women if I read it right.

Cruiser

Every crime can carry the death penalty, this is a decision the criminal gets to make.
Arm up and defend yourself, only you can protect you.

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Russn8r

“We urge residents to never engage criminals. Call police…We can’t be on every street at the same time, but it’s only a matter of time before we arrest these criminals & hold them accountable.”
Who said that? A politician? Comedian?
Nope. Sgt Detectives Abbott & Massey

Hey Oathbreakers, how long till you hold yourselves accountable?

swmft

shoot them dead with a self defense rifle , and call neighbors when they are all armed and present call police non emergency number to clean up the mess

Capn Dad

The Marxist Democrats love to holler “No justice no peace.” Hmmm. Jonathan Ayers.

swmft

obummers friend and mentor

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Russn8r

No. Maybe you’re confusing terrorist Bill Ayers & racist “G-D America” Rev Wright.

The Pastor Ayers the drug warrior murdered was 28.

A Grand Jury covered for an “LEO” who wasn’t legally carrying a gun. Real jury awarded $2.3m to the widow for lost wages, but it doesn’t bring her husband back.

“[The thug cop] intentionally violated Jonathan Ayers’ constitutional right not to be subjected to excessive or unreasonable force by an LEO.” ~Jury

“This young man had done nothing wrong, killed by officers dressed like thugs that appeared to him were trying to carjack him.” ~Widow’s atty

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Wild Bill

No peace … no justice! Just … rapid enfilading fire.

Russn8r

Like your Oathbreaker heroes did to Daniel Shaver!

Wild Bill

Oh, so you don’t know what enfilading fire is. I see.

Russn8r

“Ya got me fair’n square Bill! That’s the real issue!” LOL

You don’t give a crap about cops murdering civilians.

But you care ever so deeply about your BFF Harold.

“Dear Harold…XOXO!!!”
https://www.ammoland.com/2022/04/how-can-second-amendment-supporters-go-on-offense/#comment-2933450

JSNMGC

Look at all that collar brass:

https://www.murfreesborotn.gov/2085/Executive-Command-Staff

I wonder what Micahel and Steve would do if they caught someone breaking into their cars.

JSNMGC

“If you get five stars, can I have four?”

GmanNM

Looking at their official portraits, I see a bunch of self important grifters who think that the more shiny charms they hang on themselves, the more authority they feel they deserve. From their pictures, it appears like these good ole boys haven’t been missing any meals. Im betting they couldn’t manage to get to their comfy desk chairs without an elevator, let alone chase down one of the “protected class” they helped create that prowl the streets. I feel bad for the good, honest citizens of Murfreesboro that have to foot the bill for such a “bloated” and ineffective police… Read more »

JSNMGC
swmft

the real police station

JSNMGC

Biloxi police have cooperated with the BATFE on numerous occasions. They appear well-fed as well:

https://biloxi.ms.us/departments/police-department/

swmft

how police got to be known as pigs should have fitness requirements hell im pushing 70 and can still lift more than i weigh and run a mile need a scope for long shots (no more 500 yard iron sights) but these guys ….sad

john

We urge residents not to confront the criminals The Murfreesboro  police department contradicts itself multiple times. They are minutes away but sometimes can’t be everywhere. Violent crimes unit tries to solve these crimes but is not always successful. Unchecked lawlessness & destruction that the authorities can not control. It is a shame that criminals have the law on their side the police have tied their own hands with their own actions. While the liberal judges & district attorneys turn criminals back on the streets .Democratic mayors are following the code set by the party they support “I call this criminal… Read more »

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