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SFChron: Robber Killed By Victim, Reported as 'Tragic', Robber a 'Good Person'
NewsBusters.org ^ | 4/21/07 | Warner Todd Huston

Posted on 04/22/2007 11:24:04 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus

One would think the writers of The Onion satirical newspaper snuck into the offices of The San Francisco Chronicle after reading a report about a Pizza shop owner who saved the lives of his family by killing a gun wielding robber that was attempting to rob his store, a store with the owner's whole family inside. The Chronicle calls the meeting of the thief and would be killer and the innocent Pizza shop owner "tragic" and the report is filed as if the whole story was all just some unfortunate accident instead of a crime stopped cold.

The lives of the two men intersected tragically at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when Hicks, armed with a pistol and joined by two other men, tried to rob Piedra inside the popular pizzeria at 89th Avenue and International Boulevard. Fearful that the assailants might hurt him, his wife and three children -- all of whom were inside the restaurant -- Piedra pulled out his 9mm semiautomatic pistol and opened fire, killing Hicks, police said.
The Chronicle made the story as an excuse at a morality play revealing how friends are remembering the robber as one who "...always had a smile on his face", that the shop owner "took no satisfaction in taking Hicks' life", and the police "...by no stretch of the imagination" were they "agreeing with or justifying what the owner did." We are even treated to a telling of our "tragic" robber's happy little "rap artist" name; "Boonie".

Obviously the San Francisco Chronicle has decided that this story is going to be their platform to show how guns "traumatize" everyone when the real focus of the story should be on how a shop owner protected himself and his family inside the shop from an armed criminal.

This is no "tragic" incident, but a crime stopped by a man protecting his family!

But, the SFChron goes to great pains to show the remorse of the shop owner, Mr. Piedra, as well as reporting how everyone just loved the drug using, girlfriend beating, pseudo "rapper", Hicks, turning a righteous case of self-protection into a giant pity party for the criminal.

The Shop owner is reported as having remorse:

"I wish this never happened," Piedra said. "I don't want anybody, any business to be in this kind of situation, with anybody putting a gun in your face."
Why, exactly, would anyone imagine otherwise?

The police are seen as scolding the shop owner who was just protecting his family and property:

Piedra said his 17-year-old son, 19-month-old son and 13-year-old daughter were inside the restaurant at the time. Piedra said he was afraid that the assailants would shoot him or hurt his family, a contention supported by Oakland police who nevertheless cautioned against citizens taking direct action against criminals.

"There is definitely a balance," said Officer Roland Holmgren, department spokesman. "This thing had potential -- who knows where the suspects were going to take the situation? But by no stretch of the imagination are we agreeing with or justifying what the owner did."

Holmgren said, "We're not saying that we want citizens to go out there and arm themselves and take the law into their own hands. We want citizens to be good witnesses, to be good report-takers and to identify suspects."

And a neighbor of the shop owner is quixotically quoted in the story as being anti-gun:
Mohammed Ali, the manager of a market on the busy thoroughfare that has seen its share of robberies, had mixed feelings about business owners arming themselves. "Of course they have a right to protect themselves, but from what? If we have law enforcement, should (businesses) have guns? I don't think so. They're inviting trouble."

Again, WHY is this man's quote in the story? Ah, because the SFChron is anti-gun, that's why.

Then the SFChron goes into a long account about how everyone just loved the criminal, Hicks... sorry, "Boonie"... and how they are all going to miss him.

They even take time out to quote one of "Boonie's" friends found at a "makeshift memorial" to Hicks who is presented as a philosopher, rapper.

"He always had a smile on his face," said a 22-year-old man who identified himself as a rapper named Little Al. "He was a solid dude, loyal."

He didn't express any anger at the pizzeria owner for shooting his friend. "Life happens," he said. "I'm not upset, you feel me? You wouldn't want it to happen, but it happened. Ain't no telling why that shooting occurred."

Well, isn't that nice?

Even the girlfriend Hicks beat up is quoted as saying "despite the alleged abuse, Hicks was a 'good person.'"

This story was such an absurd warping of the proper message, that a crime was stopped and a family had their lives and property saved in accordance with the Constitution and all that is right. But, the SFChron used the story, instead, to moralize on how bad guns are and mourn the death of a criminal.


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Guns are bad. SO bad that even when they do a good deed we must berate them!!!
1 posted on 04/22/2007 11:24:06 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Guns aren’t bad. It’s crack addicts like Boonie that are bad.


2 posted on 04/22/2007 11:30:10 AM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

San Francisco worships criminals and deviants. But hey, let’s not lose sight of the story’s happy ending!


3 posted on 04/22/2007 11:30:43 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

AAAARRRGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


4 posted on 04/22/2007 11:31:39 AM PDT by FrdmLvr
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To: Bullish

This just burns me up.

People have the RIGHT to protect thier property.

Only law abiding citizens follow the “gun control laws”.

How about the outrage over this Boonie trying armed robbery????


5 posted on 04/22/2007 11:34:10 AM PDT by Ueriah
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To: Mobile Vulgus
"We want citizens to be good witnesses, to be good report-takers and to identify suspects."

A witness won't identify anyone if he's dead -- unless the killer lets him write a report first.

6 posted on 04/22/2007 11:34:30 AM PDT by FoxInSocks
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To: Mobile Vulgus

“Holmgren said, “We’re not saying that we want citizens to go out there and arm themselves and take the law into their own hands. We want citizens to be good witnesses, to be good report-takers and to identify suspects.”

Read: “We prefer dead citizens to dead perps”


7 posted on 04/22/2007 11:36:45 AM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

..and the Oakland Police Dept doesn’t want people to defend themselves...


8 posted on 04/22/2007 11:37:14 AM PDT by Cvengr (The violence of evil is met with the violence of righteousness, justice, love and grace.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Piedra needs some training, he only got one out of three? Even IDPA shooters can do better than that.
9 posted on 04/22/2007 11:37:24 AM PDT by Comus (There is no honor in dying with your sword sheathed)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
"despite the alleged abuse, Hicks was a 'good person.'"

What is wrong with California?

10 posted on 04/22/2007 11:37:45 AM PDT by Duke Nukum (Linux: More of a cult then an OS. Mac: Beyond a Cult. A joyless Jihad.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
"despite the alleged abuse, Hicks was a 'good person.'"

What is wrong with California?

11 posted on 04/22/2007 11:37:47 AM PDT by Duke Nukum (Linux: More of a cult then an OS. Mac: Beyond a Cult. A joyless Jihad.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Hey, this is just more of the “unbiased” reporting from our lovely MSM! Move along now, nothing to see here. /s


12 posted on 04/22/2007 11:39:45 AM PDT by Theresawithanh (Surrender Harry Reid, D-Al Quaeda)
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To: Duke Nukum

Hey, don’t you understand? The robber was a ‘righteous man’.


13 posted on 04/22/2007 11:40:25 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Theresawithanh
Was Harvey Milk murdered by a good person?
14 posted on 04/22/2007 11:42:42 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Countdown = A documentary on Keith Olberman's dwindling ratings.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Is this for real?

Un-believable — all of it.

Frisco must be awash in brown acid.


15 posted on 04/22/2007 11:43:06 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Mobile Vulgus
"This thing had potential -- who knows where the suspects were going to take the situation"?

Uhh, they were going to KILL the owner and his family.

We're not saying that we want citizens to go out there and arm themselves and take the law into their own hands. We want citizens to be good witnesses, to be good report-takers and to identify suspects."

Oh, Please. Wait for the police to do what? After they killed his family?

Maybe the next crook will think twice before trying to rob this man.

16 posted on 04/22/2007 11:44:48 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Mobile Vulgus
“We want citizens to be good witnesses, to be good report-takers and to identify suspects.”
Dead men don’t talk, or wear plaid!
17 posted on 04/22/2007 11:44:49 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Obviously, if the pizza owner had offered the robber an understanding hug all would have worked out for the best.

/s


18 posted on 04/22/2007 11:45:04 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Allen Joseph Hicks III, 22, was an accused batterer on probation for a drug conviction and an aspiring rap artist whom everybody in his neighborhood knew as "Boonie."
19 posted on 04/22/2007 11:46:55 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: FrdmLvr
My first thought was...

GAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAACK!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

20 posted on 04/22/2007 11:47:58 AM PDT by bannie
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To: Mobile Vulgus

What on EARTH are those drooling idiots at the Chronicle smoking?????


21 posted on 04/22/2007 11:48:56 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Duke Nukum
What is wrong with California?

"Piedra pulled out his 9mm semiautomatic pistol and opened fire, killing Hicks, police said."

Bad guy is dead.

Looks like a good ending to me.

22 posted on 04/22/2007 11:51:46 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

Hicks was on probation for a marijuana conviction, and was facing battery charges when he died, police and court records show.


23 posted on 04/22/2007 11:53:55 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Mobile Vulgus
You wouldn't want it to happen, but it happened. Ain't no telling why that shooting occurred."

Hey, I'll hazard a guess: BECAUSE HE CHOSE TO COMMIT ARMED ROBBERY.

How's THAT, to clear up those random, swirling forces of destiny?

IDIOT.

24 posted on 04/22/2007 11:55:15 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Come on...the poor guy had a nasty habit to fund that he struggled with...LOL...BOOM, solves that problem.


25 posted on 04/22/2007 11:55:20 AM PDT by TheBethsterNH (...in Northern Massachusetts, formerly known as New Hampshire.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
"If we have law enforcement, should (businesses) have guns? I don't think so. They're inviting trouble."

WTF? Someone should explain to "Ali" what enforcement means. When someone is murdered the police will try to find the killer and arrest him.. thus 'enforcing' a law against murder. No cop can protect you from the the crime happening in the first place. You MUST defend yourself.

26 posted on 04/22/2007 11:56:42 AM PDT by LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot (Nothing is so simple that it can't be done wrong.)
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To: happinesswithoutpeace

“Holmgren said, “We’re not saying that we want citizens to go out there and arm themselves and take the law into their own hands. We want citizens to be good witnesses, to be good report-takers and to identify suspects.”

I have read in the past that SF has on of the LOWEST rates of SOLVED homicide cases in the nation, which makes the above statement even more moronic.


27 posted on 04/22/2007 11:58:44 AM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
If we have law enforcement, should (businesses) have guns? I don't think so. They're inviting trouble."

I would think that trouble felt distinctly disinvited by the outcome of this incident.

28 posted on 04/22/2007 11:59:09 AM PDT by Plutarch
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To: dragnet2

If it ended there, it would be a good ending. But to quote the g/f of the bad guy saying, oh, he beat, yah, yah, yah, but he was a good person.

That is where the ending gets insane.


29 posted on 04/22/2007 12:00:37 PM PDT by Duke Nukum (Linux: More of a cult then an OS. Mac: Beyond a Cult. A joyless Jihad.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

I think criminals should start robbing newspaper offices. They should be easy targets.


30 posted on 04/22/2007 12:02:07 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Ueriah
What makes me sick is the bleeding heart liberals at the SF chron trying to drum up sympathy for an armed robbery perpetrator. It’s like they care more about the perp then the victims of violent crimes. All for the sake of an obvious gun control agenda.
31 posted on 04/22/2007 12:09:06 PM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot
Cops are in the clean up business and come around after the crime has been committed and a law has been broken.

They are not in the prevention business beyond telling people how to avoid crime.

They are also not crime stoppers unless the victim is fortunate enough to have a cop show up while a crime is being committed.

If you want to protect yourself and your family, you must hire someone or do it yourself. Laws that disarm law abiding citizens are biased against anyone who can't afford to buy personal protection.

32 posted on 04/22/2007 12:09:59 PM PDT by GBA (God Bless America!)
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Gee, a real loss to humankind:

“”One of the blows was so hard her head hit the wall and it put a hole in the wall,” Biletnikoff wrote. After she fell to the ground, Hicks kicked her in the stomach, she told police.”


33 posted on 04/22/2007 12:10:56 PM PDT by D-fendr
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To: D-fendr

Isn’t this what we always hear from the mothers of the killed “yutes”: “He was a good boy, he never hurt no-one.”


34 posted on 04/22/2007 12:15:45 PM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Let’s go further and say that self-defense is bad. The big problem with seeing this as a gun issue is that even if the store owner had just punched the thuglet and on the way down the thuglet had hit his head on the corner of the pizza mixer and died, the press and the police would be all over the pizzeria guy. You’re simply not supposed to fight back in today’s culture.

I was at a police event a couple of weeks ago (I have a family member on the force in a Western city) and the whole thing was about how respectful the officers were of the criminal class. That is, occasionally they had to “neutralize” one of them, but normally every effort had been made not to perturb “the gentleman” (aka, the thuglet). Of course, the mother of said thuglet immediately appears at the police station with the Reverend So-and-So in tow, as well as a cluster of press admirers, to scream about police brutality...

Things are crazy now.


35 posted on 04/22/2007 12:20:52 PM PDT by livius
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To: BikerJoe
A yute?

What's a yute?

36 posted on 04/22/2007 12:21:15 PM PDT by LukeL (Never let the enemy pick the battle site. (Gen. George S. Patton))
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To: Mobile Vulgus
I live in the SF Bay Area. Unfortunately this is the way much of the area thinks about guns and the proper use of them. The SF Chronicle is about as bad as it gets when it comes to the MSM.
37 posted on 04/22/2007 12:21:45 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: Duke Nukum

Bad guy dead, shot by armed citizen, other than that, I pay little attention to anything from liberal newspapers.

As a matter of fact, I have not read an actual newspaper or bought one in since 1996.

Liberals will always make comments in support of bad guys, many times coming to their aid when they are about to be executed. Nothing surprising here. That’s why I basically ignore them.


38 posted on 04/22/2007 12:28:14 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Mobile Vulgus

This story is infuriating on so many levels.


39 posted on 04/22/2007 12:30:51 PM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
"This thing had potential -- who knows where the suspects were going to take the situation?"

They'd already taken it there. If someone sticks a gun in your face he's threatening your life, not your property, and whining later that he was only after the latter is irrelevant and meaningless. This citizen was NOT "taking the law into his own hands," the law had been broken and its enforcers were nowhere in sight.

"Don't resist and you might be OK" is shatteringly stupid advice. In order to be a good witness one has to be alive.

40 posted on 04/22/2007 12:31:20 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: LukeL

oh, excuse him your honor, he meant to say yooooooooouttthhhhhs...


41 posted on 04/22/2007 12:31:38 PM PDT by verum ago (The Iranian Space Agency: set phasers to jihad)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

We had a perp here in Pittsburgh a couple of years ago who shot a guy waiting for his valet parked car. The perp didn’t even know the guy. One of the perps neighbors said: He was such a good boy, I remember those beautiful dimples when he smiled. There are some real maroons out there!


42 posted on 04/22/2007 12:31:41 PM PDT by Marathoner 244
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"...He didn't express any anger at the pizzeria owner for shooting his friend. "Life happens," he said. "I'm not upset, you feel me? You wouldn't want it to happen, but it happened. Ain't no telling why that shooting occurred."..."

Good God. Here is a suggestion to this dummy...perhaps because his friend engaged in an unprovoked assault on another person with the intent to rob him of his money and/or life, and the person defended themselves?

Good greif.

43 posted on 04/22/2007 12:34:33 PM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: LukeL
yute = youth

(slime-ball criminals of ethnicity are called youths by the media-maggots)

Just like Rodney King was only called a motorist .....

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44 posted on 04/22/2007 12:35:22 PM PDT by Tuba Guy (Charles Martel must be spinning in his grave !!)
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To: Marathoner 244
We had a perp here in Pittsburgh a couple of years ago who shot a guy waiting for his valet parked car. The perp didn’t even know the guy. One of the perps neighbors said: He was such a good boy, I remember those beautiful dimples when he smiled. There are some real maroons out there!

It's not surprising.

At several Virginia Tech memorials, they've added Cho's name.

45 posted on 04/22/2007 12:37:31 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Liberals place no value on life or truth. “Quality of life” is a great excuse when they talk about killing infants or old folks but a drug addicted woman beater has a life worth living. His abused girlfriend is to be pitied because her abuser is now dead due to his armed assault gone wrong. Obviously “quality of life” is a hollow platitude to the left to be used as a convenient tool to promote the kind of killing that they prefer.


46 posted on 04/22/2007 12:44:58 PM PDT by TigersEye (For Democrats; victory in Iraq is not an option.)
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To: happinesswithoutpeace
“Holmgren said, “We’re not saying that we want citizens to go out there and arm themselves and take the law into their own hands. We want citizens to be good witnesses, to be good report-takers and to identify suspects.”

The unspoken conclusion is, "if you survive the encounter, and still feel like helping us shuffle papers".

47 posted on 04/22/2007 12:47:07 PM PDT by 300winmag (Overkill never fails)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
As a San Francisco resident, allow me to explain something about the San Francisco Chronicle:

Most people think that hard-boiled reporters for a major metropolitan newspaper look like this:

In reality, the reporters for the San Francisco Chronicle look like this:


48 posted on 04/22/2007 12:50:08 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Mobile Vulgus
"There is definitely a balance," said Officer Roland Holmgren, department spokesman. "This thing had potential -- who knows where the suspects were going to take the situation? But by no stretch of the imagination are we agreeing with or justifying what the owner did."

So Officer Roland, when rappers pull out their guns, what do you do? Do you say drop 'em? Do you shoot them out of their hands? Or, do you unload everything you got? Oh, and you say you have permission by the law to shoot them, but we don't. Why doesn't someone ever ask the cops, who say defending yourself is not a good thing to do, some real questions.

49 posted on 04/22/2007 12:51:46 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The only good Mullah is a dead Mullah. The only good Mosque is the one that used to be there.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Law enforcement isn’t going to protect these people, why don’t they get it?

LEOs will be there with the chalk, the police tape, and the toetags for clean-up.


50 posted on 04/22/2007 12:53:10 PM PDT by eyespysomething
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