Regan Pifer reports as of this week, Hurricane Harvey has claimed 40 lives, dropped over 50 inches of rain, wrecked billions of dollars of property, and destroyed the morale of thousands of Texans.
And, of course, there are those taking advantage of this tragic situation by looting.
But Texans don’t go out quietly, and aren’t willing to idly sit by and watch their neighborhoods be ransacked by criminals.
Indeed, according to Fox News:
Hurricane Harvey’s victims are taking a firm stand against opportunistic visitors who might want to steal from residences as homeowners try to recover from the devastation.
“You come down this street looking for problems, you’re gonna get shot,” one homeowner in the Houston-area community told Griff Jenkins.
Posters affixed to stop signs read “If you loot, we shoot,” and Jenkins held up a handmade yard sign that read “Nothing inside worth dying for.”
The sign included the image of a humanoid shooting target with bullet holes in its head and chest.
The homeowner also told Jenkins he and a neighbor “shut down” an attempted looting after a person came through his neighborhood with a trailer.
Many other folks were taking waterlogged furniture and other items outside to dry, with some posting signs for sanitation workers not to take their damaged possessions to the dump.
Houston officials are sending their own message: looting will not be tolerated.
According to NPR News, “Police are beefing up security over reports of looting during and after Hurricane Harvey. That includes imposing a curfew and stiffening penalties for crimes committed in the stricken area.”
The curfew is from midnight to 5:00 a.m., but exempts “flood relief volunteers, those seeking shelter, first responders, and those going to and from work.”
Earlier this week, fourteen individuals have been arrested and taken into custody for looting.
Harris County district attorney Kim Ogg released a statement last Tuesday that emphasized how Texas law brings harsher sentences to particular crimes.
In this case, if looters commit a crime “in a county declared a disaster area by the governor,” they will face more jail time.
Specifically, “burglarizing a home would normally bring a penalty of two to 20 years in prison, but now brings five years to life.”
Authorities have also noted that individuals are impersonating federal agents, asking residents to evacuate and then looting their homes.
This reminds me of a piece I wrote back in May, about an armed Korean man stationing himself on the rooftop of his family’s business to protect it from looters during the L.A. riots in the nineties.
It is times like these that remind us of the importance of our Second Amendment rights.
At the end of the day, when infrastructure crumbles and police are overwhelmed by natural disasters and riots, all you have to protect yourself, your family, and your business is your gun.
But, of course, we won’t hear about these type of stories from the liberal media.
Let’s hear it for these Texans, and let’s hope everyone understands the importance of our right to bear arms to protect ourselves and our families.
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