Who Needs the Police when You’ve got Armed, Responsible Neighbors Like This?

Don’t misunderstand me. I respect the police. And this guy did call the cops to arrest the suspect. But I’d much rather people be armed, vigilant, and responsible like this California man than paranoid and calling the cops all the time over every little thing, oftentimes leading the police to harass an innocent civilian.

This 79-year-old military veteran, identified only as Richard, saw a young guy poking around at his neighbor’s locked gate. The neighbor wasn’t home, so the vet decided to go check this guy out to see what he was up to. And the military veteran was armed as he always is. CBS Los Angeles reported on the vet’s conversation with the other guy who was seemingly trying to break in:

“I said, ‘What are you doing?’

“He said, ‘Well, my stuff is here.’

“I said, ‘No, it’s not here.’

“He said, Well, Steve lives here.’

“I said, ‘No, he doesn’t. You just better be on your way.’

“He said, ‘Well, you wouldn’t shoot me.’

“I said, ‘Well, test me.’”

The 25-year-old suspect charged at Richard and punched him in the nose, knocking him to the ground. Then, the crook came up behind him and started punching him in the back. At that point, Richard took his handgun and hit the kid’s foot. (I know. He was way too nice.) He was able to hold the delinquent at gunpoint until the police arrived to take him away. The vet is pressing battery charges against him. Richard said he wasn’t trying to be a hero:  “I’m not looking for any glory or anything. I just live in the neighborhood and want to be left alone,” he said.