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When criminals bring a gun into the mix

Recent gun crimes have been quickly resolved by police. Homeowners resolved two break-ins by defending their castles.
Recent gun crimes have been quickly resolved by police. Homeowners resolved two break-ins by defending their castles. NYT

It’s been rough being a criminal lately. Not only are we seeing that crime doesn’t pay, it is darned likely to get you shot.

Twice recently we’ve seen guys trying to break into homes being shot by the homeowner. Police said a 29-year-old Troy man was shot and wounded breaking into a home early Nov. 20 near Marine. On Jan. 15 a New Athens man was shot dead breaking into the home of his ex-girlfriend’s dad.

Belleville Police twice recently pounced quickly on crimes. They had a rape suspect in custody three days after the Nov. 8 attack and linked him to a rape from a year earlier. When two Dollar General stores in Belleville were robbed Nov. 20 by a woman who said she had a gun, police had a 22-year-old arrested the same day.

A Madison couple was arrested within hours of trying to rob a trucker sleeping at a truck stop near Granite City, police said. They fled, but couldn’t outrun the police broadcasts and were caught in their hometown.

You don’t wish a shooting on anyone. The homeowner defending his castle served the higher good of protecting his life, but still will live with some guilt and maybe a lawsuit by the bad guy’s heirs.

But criminals and would-be criminals should remember this Bible saying, or maybe add it as their next prison tattoo: “Live by the sword, die by the sword.”

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