WHY I CARRY: Armed, Masked Men Tied Up Two Families and Held Them at Gunpoint During Robbery
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Here is another one of our “Why I Carry” stories. These stories, unlike our defensive gun use stories, take a look at situations that may have turned out very differently if the victim(s) had been armed. These stories are the “other side of the coin” so to speak and serve as an important reminder as to why it’s important to take responsibility for your own personal safety.
A mini crime wave seems to have struck the Allen, TX area this past weekend. At least two homes were targeted in home invasions in which families were held at gunpoint, tied up and robbed.
According to WFAA:
“There was a knock at the door and we thought it was our friends, so my son opened the door,” she said. “They just pushed him aside and three people came in and they just tied us.”
She says the attackers bound the four of them with duct tape on their kitchen floor, holding them at gunpoint for 15 minutes before leaving with cash, laptops and jewelry. They weren’t hurt, but they’ve barely slept.
Allen Police are investigating, and say the suspects are three heavyset men who wore ski masks, gloves and long-sleeved shirts. They may have been driving a black four-door sedan and a black panel van — one that made another stop Saturday night, just a 10-minute drive away on the 1400 block of Rio Grande Drive.
“It’s very unnerving. It’s rattled everybody,” said Melinda Ewing, who lives across the street from the other house Allen Police say the suspects hit.
As always, I have to point out that a firearm may or may not have helped prevent or stop this crime. However, I prefer to have options whenever possible over simply begging for my life. While none of the victims were harmed in this case, we have certainly seen more than a few cases where the victims were executed after the crime was done.
Also, just because no one was physically harmed doesn’t mean these families won’t have long term emotional and mental issues associated with these events.