How Many Lives Were Saved?


We talk often about how firearms can save lives. Usually we mean the victims of the crime. In this case, we will never know if the armed robber was only after money or if he had other motives. The workers of the store were definitely in jeopardy. So were the patrons; as the criminal didn’t run out the door but deeper into the store.

PINCH, W.Va. – A pharmacist in Pinch who was forced to make an incredibly difficult decision when an armed robbery turned deadly is speaking out and sharing how his faith is helping him through the ordeal.

Don Radcliff spoke with Eyewitness News Reporter Kennie Bass and said he is taking no joy in what happened Wednesday. Radcliff said he does not consider himself a hero, even though his actions may have saved the lives of his co-workers and customers when he shot an armed man at Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch.

Eight people were inside the pharmacy in Pinch when the suspect came through the door about 9:45 a.m.

I think we often overlook the bigger picture.

 

Radcliff said he has received tremendous support from his family and friends, but also from his faith. Radcliff shared Thursday’s devotion from his daily devotional.

“Thursday, February 19th, John 10, 7 to 18, ‘A thief comes only to steal and to kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.’ That’s verse 10,” Radcliff said. “Abundance isn’t God’s provision for me to live in luxury; it’s his provision for me to help others live.”
(emphasis mine)

But what about the people not directly involved?

How about the number of people who might not get medicine because the store either closed (a lot of people) or had to raise prices to make up for the stolen money or drugs? Or pay much higher premiums.

How about the people the pharmacist might be able to help through his abundance –his charitable efforts; tithing, donations to food pantries, etc?

How about the people the pharmacist might touch in his daily walk? Instead of being out in the community possibly touching lives and influencing people, it is likely he would have to spend more time in the store just to keep it open.

So to those who tell us “Just give them what they want” — think of the lives that could be affected because ‘its just money’.

 

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Not Always Rational

One of the common refrains from the anti-rights cultists is to “Just give the criminal what he wants” – apparently they believe that nearly every criminal is just trying to make a living or something. This idea completely ignores the fact not all criminals are after just money or property.

 

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Okay….let’s deconstruct this report a little.
First, I’m not sure a ‘naked’ man should be considered a burglary suspect. I think it will be interesting to follow up and see it he has previous arrests/convictions.

the incident happened just after noon. David Bacoka, who lives at the home, told NBC 7 that his mother was at the house when the intruder tried to break through several windows.

She called 911, he said.

“My mom called me and told me there was a naked guy trying to break in all the windows,” Bacoka said. “And so he’s pounding on the windows and all the doors and she said she ran, she called 911 and then ran to the neighbor’s house.”

No word on exactly how long it took for the police to respond (and good for for a seemingly fast response time) but the suspect was still there despite the fact the police probably responded code 3  -lights and sirens. Any LEOs please let me know if that isn’t the policy.

Next we can look at the fact this wasn’t in the middle of the night. it was at Noon. Why does this matter, well some states like Texas, the laws change depending on the time of day. (Section 9.42)
The antis make a big thing about people being in fear of their life; many of them believe that people should have to wait and be able to show an action on the part of the criminal that could be conclusively proven as a threat before self defense is used. As if a person trying to break into a house wasn’t enough to make a person afraid; I wonder if they would say being naked would be enough justification of fear?

 

Lastly, let’s look at the struggle the suspect put up.

Officers responded and confronted the intruder, who then attacked an officer. The suspect pushed the officer through the wood panels of a fence into a neighboring yard.

The officer and man struggled over the gun, but the officer managed to get a hold of it and shoot the suspect in the chest, Guadarama said.

“Somewhere in between, the officer even attempted to tase the suspect with negative results,” Guadarama said. “The officer was able to grab the weapon back and fire one round at the suspect.”

The suspect continued to fight until other officers arrived to help take him into custody.

Again, no hard evidence on the size, physical condition or strength of the responding officer but generally males are stronger than females. The anti-rights cultists would prefer this woman be made to confront the suspect without a firearm. Forced to use a taser or fight hand to hand with the intruder. Ignoring the fact that even after the suspect was shot, he continued to struggle until more officers arrived. How do you think a female home owner would fare?

While this is an anecdotal illustration, it shows that not all criminals are rational. Some of them have serious issues. Some of them aren’t after money either. If the anti-rights cultist do not want to use armed self defense; that is their right. They just have no moral justification for disarming the people who think otherwise.

 

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Criminal Mindset

I normally don’t name criminals, especially murderers, on this blog. Part of that reasoning is to deny them the publicity they want. Sometimes though, publicity is the last thing they might want. So for that reason, I’m naming – Artrai Alexander — the car jacker who was taken down by the minivan mom and her boyfriend. Mostly the minivan mom; Mr. Alexander, I hope that fact follows you for a very long time.

 

Fox 4 news had a brief clip of a jail house interview with Artrai Alexander – take a look.

 

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Now, let’s think about some of the statements which shows Artrai Alexander (and to some extent many other criminals) mindset

 

Alexander told FOX 4 that yes, he stole a Dodge Challenger and yes, he drove crazily while trying to get away from police.

However, he does not take any responsibility.

He claimed the car’s owner pulled a gun on him earlier in the day, and that he did not stop because he was afraid police would shoot him.

Because someone else committed a crime; possibly, maybe, he claims; it is okay to commit another crime. He didn’t call the police, he didn’t avoid the situation, he didn’t try to work out their differences (if there were any). Nope, he stole a new $25,000 vehicle.

Next, after committing a crime; he believes it was acceptable to endanger other lives to avoid jeopardizing his own. Says a lot about how he values other people eh? He risked many lives, including driving at high speed through a school zone, just to keep from possibly maybe, he claims from being shot. Gee, I wonder why he might think the police would shoot him. Anyone else notice the first pictures of Artrai Alexander was a 2009 mug shot?

 

And the reporter is absolutely right about denying responsibility.

Liesmann’s 13-year-old son, T.J., was also in the van when it was hit, and police said Liesmann was like a mad mama bear, hanging on to Alexander until officers arrived.

“She’s pretty tough, huh?” FOX 4 asked Alexander.

“Yeah,” said Alexander. “Thumbs up to her…I want you to understand my upset-ness as well for being put in that situation

Emphasis mine — he didn’t do anything himself; he was ‘put in that situation. Excuse me if I disagree Artrai you and only you are responsible for the situation. Ever wonder how criminals can justify the horrific acts they do? Easy, they blame some one else.

This is a great example of why I do not agree with the mentality and advice of ‘just give them what they want’. I don’t know what they want, I don’t know if doing so will keep me safe and I don’t know if they even see me as anything other than a walking resource.

We don’t need gun control. We need to gain control of social values that raises up people like Artrai Alexander. We need to implement laws that reduces the chance of someone like Artrai Alexander being able to repeatedly endanger the public for his own gain.

 

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Done Ran Into The Wrong Minivan

There is at least one crook in the world glad to see the cops show up.

 

 

Thug car jacks a new Dodge Challenger and in getting away ran into the wrong minivan. Way to go Jessica Liesman, we need more people like you and your boyfriend.

That’ll Teach Ya To Brag

A 22-year-old Mineral Wells man is in jail after allegedly posting on his Facebook page that he had more than a dozen warrants out for his arrest.

Authorities say Eddie Smith’s Facebook page on Jan. 20 boasted of having 16 warrants out for his arrest

Yep — post on Facebook that you are wanted on a dozen warrants. Have friends of dubious level of ‘friendship’. Facebook’s single level of ‘friends’ is a rant I’m going to pass on for today.
And cops will find you to collect on those warrants. Sometimes the crooks make it easy.

Sometimes the victims make it all too easy also

Melissa Pace had her car broken into last week while she worked out at a Lifetime Fitness in Flower Mound. She’d left a tote bag in her Escalade with her credit cards and driver’s license.

“Lifetime has cameras, and so I thought, ‘Who in the world is going to do it?’ because there are cameras all over the place, but I was wrong,” said Pace.

Police believe the same suspect was caught on security camera video taken after another smash-and-grab spree at a Lifetime Fitness in Colleyville as the suspect used a stolen card at a nearby Hobby Lobby.

Colleyville police call the man a dedicated opportunist who’s watching for women who get out of their cars without a purse.

Yeah, cameras have really proven to stop criminals. I simply can not understand the mindset that thinks cameras keep crime from happening. We see media report after media report of criminals being caught ON CAMERA during and after the crime. Wouldn’t you think anyone paying the least bit of attention would make the connection that camera does not equal crime free?

 

Chutzpah — example of, politician type.

Dallas County commissioner John Wiley Price will be in federal court on Tuesday, and he is asking taxpayers to pick up the legal tab in his corruption trial.

The embattled commissioner will also face a judge to ask for two separate trials — one for alleged bribery and the other for alleged tax fraud.

Back in September, a federal judge denied Price’s request for a court-appointed attorney, saying that he could afford to pay for his own legal defense.

The federal trial is set to begin in January of next year.

Price has pleaded not guilty and has maintained his innocence. Fellow commissioner Mike Cantrell pushed for Price to be suspended from commissioner’s court, but the efforts failed and Price refused to step down.

Jiminy Crickets — this man has no shame at all. Awaiting trial for using his political position for personal gain and he wants the taxpayers to defend him.

That is a determined woman…

and her revenge is definitely cringe-worthy !!

According to reports in China, two-timing dad-of-five Fan Lung, 32, used his wife’s phone to send lover Zhang Hung, 21, a saucy email from his marital home in Shangqiu.

But he forgot to log out of his account and his stunned wife, Feng, 30, came across the message along with several others, which sent her flying into a rage.

Furious, she’s said to have grabbed a pair of scissors and stormed into their bedroom, where he was sleeping, and snipped off his manhood.

Fan was rushed to hospital, where the organ was sewn back on.

Yep, channeling the spirit of Lorena Bobbit; she physically assaulted her husband and extracted vengeance. But the story doesn’t end there.

However, Feng is then reported to have sneaked back into her husband’s hospital room and cut off his penis for a second time, this time throwing it out of a window.

Hath hath no fury like a woman scorned — Snipping it off once is a terrible act; going after it the second time is just down right vicious. Wonder how many women who would normally condemn domestic violence are cheering this time.

And in a classic ‘completely understated manner’ the hospital said:

The hospital spokesman added: “The man had lost a lot of blood and was taken in for emergency surgery.

“He is now in a stable condition but is extremely emotionally distraught.”

Oh…….forgot to mention exactly why he is ‘extremely emotionally distraught’ — as if two such attacks weren’t enough!

A hospital spokesman said: “The first we were aware of what happened was when someone came into the reception area to say a naked man was beating up a woman outside the hospital.

“Staff rushed out to see what was happening and found the patient with blood streaming down his legs hitting the woman.

“He was stopped and the woman was taken in for treatment, and then we discovered she had chopped his penis off again.”

Doctors and police officers combed the area outside but failed to find the man’s missing member. They believed it may have been taken by a stray dog or cat.

I’ll let others make the obvious jokes -I’ll just say that I’ve always believed that cheating doesn’t pay. And mixing metaphors; this may paid an extremely high price for his actions.

 

 

According to the Antis…

…..we should be seeing widespread bloodshed, rampant violence and multiple deaths in every city over the controversial call in Green Bay*; right?

 

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What with the dangers of a gun in the home or people just snapping or people being law abiding until suddenly they aren’t. Shouldn’t the playoff losses have triggered wide spread gun fire?
Surely all those homes, estimated by survey to be 38%, out of 132,802,859 ‘housing units‘ means (doing math .38*units….carry the one) =50,465,086.42 — let’s call it 50.5 million housing units.

Surely 1% of the people with firearms in their homes snapped, couldn’t take it any more, got into an argument and went for their guns; right?

As for “carrying,” it’s now legal in every state in America and allowed in ever more situations as well. In the last year, for instance, Idaho, where that mother died, became the seventh state to green-light the carrying of concealed guns on college campuses. To put all this in perspective, less than two decades ago, fewer than a million concealed weapons were being legally carried in the U.S.; now, more than one million people are permitted to carry such weapons in Florida alone

If, to a visitor from Mars or even (as Ann Jones points out in “Is This Country Crazy?“) Europe, all this might seem like the definition of madness, it’s also increasingly the definition of a way of life in this country. What was once the “tool” of law enforcement types, the military, and hunters is now the equivalent of an iPhone, a talisman of connection and social order. It’s something that just about anyone can put in a pocket, a purse, or simply strap on in the full light of day in a land where all of us, even toddlers, seem to be heading for the O.K. Corral.

And let’s not forget the New Year often brings a large number of divorce filings. Domestic violence is a huge problem without a doubt; so why didn’t every newspaper and media station in the country include yet another case of domestic violence escalating into a shooting.

Instead this is one of the few stories being reported on in the gun friendly Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex

One man died and two men were injured in a shootout between a Hurst homeowner and two men police suspect of armed robbery Thursday night, according to authorities.

Hurst police said a driver parked a blue Mitsubishi Mirage in a residential area in the 100 block of Charlene Drive at about 8 p.m. A homeowner grabbed his gun when he saw a man exit the vehicle and run through a field behind the neighborhood toward a nearby convenience store.

The man went into the convenience store in the 200 block of Norwood Drive, robbed the clerk and a customer at gunpoint and then left, police said.

As the man ran back through the field toward the vehicle, police said the homeowner “challenged” him. A gunfight erupted between the homeowner, man and driver and all three were shot, police said. The gunfight continued as the driver and man drove away toward Euless.

As Hurst police responded to calls about the shooting and robbery, Euless police said they responded to a gunshot victim call in the 3000 block of Sycamore Circle and found a Mitsubishi Mirage and two men with gunshot wounds later identified as the man suspected in the armed robbery and the driver.

One of the men was pronounced deceased and the other was transported to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

The homeowner was also taken to a nearby hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Yep, a homeowner who paid attention to what was going on (other reports have stated his home had been robbed a couple of times) ended 1 criminal career and  suspended (given the revolving door justice system) of another.
Did other violence happen in the last couple of days; sure. But not at the levels the antis tell us we should be seeing if the antis are right. And wouldn’t the firearm related violence be higher in gun friendly Fort Worth Texas than say Chicago Illinois ?

Maybe just maybe the anti-rights cultists are over-stating the dangers of normal people owning firearms, eh. I’m trying to be charitable and not accuse them of out-right lying.

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* – for the record in case some of my 4 readers didn’t know; I’m a Green Bay fan. Yet strangely enough despite the Cowboys’ loss, my life hasn’t been threatened, my home or car hasn’t been shot up.