Posted by CCW, a resident of another community, on Oct 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm
California needs CCW (concealed carry weapon) permits. Had that gentleman or his wife had a carry weapon ready to go and loaded, either on them or easily accessible they may have had a fighting chance. All it takes is one individual to shoot 5 assailants, to deter future assailants.
Posted by Jan H., a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm Jan H. is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
That has got to be one of the most terrifying things to happen to someone in their own home! I don't think I could have handled it well at all. How on earth can someone prepare for or defend themselves from something like that.
Posted by ChrisC, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood, on Oct 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm ChrisC is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
I am saddened to be in agreement with Resident: we are heading back into the Wild West/Frontier days. Which state is it that voted to allow people to carry guns into bars? Somewhere in the South. And people can bring weapons into Federal parks now. I can definitely see everybody "packing" and practicing their quick draw. It might take a while, but it's coming. As in days of yore, the wealthy will be able to afford private security forces, gated communities, elaborate in-home security systems, while the rest of us are left to self-defense.
Is anybody in Palo Alto connecting the dots between years of shopping on the Internet tax-free and the demise of independent retailers in Palo Alto and the reduction in the sales tax base resulting in cuts to fire and police services? I think not.