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Old October 28, 2012, 06:39 PM   #11
HankB
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Join Date: March 30, 2000
Location: Central Texas, outside of Austin
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I grew up in Chicago. Yes, some people - good people - carried guns on occasion. The smart ones did nothing to attract police attention.

By way of background, my next door neighbor was a police officer, as was one of my uncles.

As far as I know, neither knew the other - and yet on separate occasions they told me that every year there were a number of fatal shootings in which the deceased a) was shot at very close - sometimes contact distance - range; b) was shot while facing the shooter; c) had a history of violent crime himself; d) was not mutilated, robbed, or otherwise disturbed by the shooter. (other than being shot.)

General consensus among police is that these were cases of muggers or rapists who experienced a catastrophic failure of the victim selection process. Unless someone came forward, these cases remained unsolved, as police didn't look for the shooter very hard . . .
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