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"This Is A Glock Block" – Frustrated Homeowners All Over America Are Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands

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Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

All over the United States, frustrated homeowners are banding together, arming themselves and patrolling their own streets.  One of the primary reasons this is happening is because police budgets all over the nation are being slashed at a time when violent crime rates in the United States are increasing and many our our largest cities are being transformed into crime-infested war zones.  So instead of waiting for government to come up with a solution, many Americans are taking matters into their own hands.

For example, one community group in Milwaukie, Oregon has started posting flyers with an ominous message for potential criminals: "This is a Glock block. We don’t call 911."  You can see a photo of this flyer right here.  One of the founders of the "Glock Block" is a breast cancer survivor named Coy Tolonen.  She decided to arm herself after a thief stole one of her favorite statues out of her front yard while she was watching...

It’s mostly petty crime that neighbors are sick and tired of:  stolen lawn ornaments, vandalism.  But for neighbors like Tolonen, a breast-cancer survivor, that’s enough: “I will defend myself — and my home,” she told KOIN 6 News.

 

Tolonen recently had a beloved statue she calls “Lilly Rose” stolen off her front porch. She said she even saw the man who stole it and tried to chase him down — but he got away.

 

This was the last straw for Tolonen, who decided to take a class to get her concealed carry permit.

We are seeing similar things happen in other areas of the nation.  As I wrote about yesterday, the size of the police force has been cut in half in the city of Detroit over the past ten years.  Meanwhile, crime rates have skyrocketed.  So frustrated citizens are now teaming up with the police to patrol their own neighborhoods...

Volunteers given radios and matching T-shirts help officers protect neighborhoods where burglaries, thefts and thugs drive away people who can’t rely on a police force that lost a quarter of its strength since 2009. With 25 patrols on the streets, the city hopes to add three each year. Meanwhile, the homicide rate continues rising.

In some wealthier neighborhoods around the country, citizens are pooling their resources and are hiring private security firms to ward off criminals.  Just check out what is happening in Oakland...

After people in Oakland’s wealthy enclaves like Oakmore or Piedmont Pines head to work, security companies take over, cruising the quiet streets to ward off burglars looking to take advantage of unattended homes.

 

“With less law enforcement on the streets and more home crime or perception of home crime, people are wanting something to replace that need,” says Chris de Guzman, chief operating officer of First Alarm, a company that provides security to about 100 homes in Oakland. “That’s why they’re calling us and bringing companies like us aboard to provide that deterrent.”

According to Steve Amitay, the executive director of the National Association of Security Companies, this is also happening in other high crime cities such as Atlanta and Detroit.  In fact, it is being projected that the "private cop" business is going to absolutely boom in the years ahead.

But not everyone can afford to hire private cops.  Those with more limited resources are trying to cope with rising crime any way that they can.

In Chicago, firefighters are actually being enlisted to provide security for public school students walking to and from school...

The city of Chicago has ordered its firefighters to provide security for public school students walking to and from class through the city’s gang turf, according to an official memo from the Chicago Fire Department that WND obtained.

 

The memo, signed by Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago, states that the fire department will have “a strong physical presence” along student walking routes for three weeks at the beginning of the school year in the fall.

Sadly, this is just the beginning.  As the U.S. economy continues to get even worse, so will crime, gang activity and social decay.

But that doesn't mean that everyone will be bad.

The truth is that there are still some decent people out there.

Today, someone sent me a story about human decency that made me smile.  In Laguna Niguel, California a man accidentally sold a wooden watch box for $10 that contained his wife's $23,000 wedding ring.  When his wife found out about it, she was absolutely crushed...

Racquel Cloutier was distraught after her husband, Eric, told her he had sold the wooden watch box in which she had hidden the ring before going to hospital to have their fifth child. “I immediately started crying,” said Mrs. Cloutier, 31, of Laguna Niguel, California. “I just wanted the ring to be in a safe place and out of reach from my two-year-old twins.”

Fortunately, the box had ended up with a very honest couple...

A dozen kilometres away, in Mission Viejo, Alyssa and Andrew Lossau were frantically searching for a set of keys. They looked inside a box that Mrs. Lossau’s mother, Chaundel Holladay, had bought at a garage sale and given them as a gift.

 

Inside, they discovered the three-carat diamond ring. Mrs. Lossau found an email address for Mrs Cloutier and contacted her. “It is giving me faith in people again,” said Mr. Cloutier, 38. “By the grace of God it ended up with the most honest people,” said his wife.

So that story had a very happy ending.

There are still people out there that are ready and willing to do the right thing.

But not everyone is that way.  It has been said that desperate people do desperate things, and when the next major wave of the economic collapse strikes there are going to be millions of very desperate people out there on the streets of America.

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Tue, 06/18/2013 - 20:10 | 3669784 francis_sawyer
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grab your gat with the extra clip and,
close your eyes and hit the switch
We're going to a place where everybody kick it kick it, kick it, yeah, that's the ticket

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 20:13 | 3669798 Pladizow
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Disarmament is a prelude to genocide!

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 20:17 | 3669805 francis_sawyer
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Yeah well, I had my 'Obama in jockey silks' statue stolen off my front lawn... So now I'm heavily armed vowing to never let it happen again... Not on my watch...

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 20:20 | 3669827 Pladizow
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Be your own first responder!

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 20:24 | 3669838 francis_sawyer
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What if the perps are wearing jockey silks too & talking on phones... It might be hard to ID & get a good shot...

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 20:50 | 3669921 fourchan
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blacks and mexicans, shoot them.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 21:10 | 3669991 Pladizow
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I'd choose you!

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 21:32 | 3670074 SWRichmond
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When seconds count the police are only minutes away.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 21:36 | 3670092 Triggernometry
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I got my G32.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 21:50 | 3670128 espirit
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You Loot, We Shoot.

Best to call 911 now, you're going to need it.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 23:20 | 3670330 jeff montanye
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in the whole scheme of things this is relatively trivial, but the city in wisconsin is milwaukee not milwaukie: home of many magnificent machine tools, beers and at least one serious hitter of baseballs, hank aaron.

don't ignore spellcheck without knowing what you are doing.

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 00:03 | 3670413 WillyGroper
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That may very well be, but it was OR not WI.

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 00:53 | 3670467 jeff montanye
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good point.

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 09:27 | 3671005 gmrpeabody
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<insert foot>

;-)

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 21:57 | 3670152 imbtween
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bla bla bla he-said she-said. The way eye sees it, between the transfer of goods to person A, and subsequent transfer of goods back to person B, we're talking $46000 in combined taxable capital gains. PAY MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 21:58 | 3670156 imbtween
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dont try to hide, NSA already told IRS.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 22:19 | 3670207 Go Tribe
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Oh c'mon. You're holding a precision piece, use more precision thinking.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 21:09 | 3669986 unrulian
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if they're on their phone....dont worry...NSA has them

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 20:35 | 3669873 Midasking
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All the DHS you need is a good GSD... http://tinyurl.com/mem7o7x

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 22:46 | 3670268 Kirk2NCC1701
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Not do fast, Quick-draw McGaw!  Gun laws vary greatly from state to state. 

In many states shooting is not the first resort, but last resort.  Read up on the laws in your state.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 23:45 | 3670381 kchrisc
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"In many states shooting is not the first resort, but last resort.  Read up on the laws in your state."

Unless you are a gun and badge thug (cop).

I think that that fixes that, or at least make it more correct, for 'ya.

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 00:06 | 3670421 Widowmaker
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Getting caught is the same in every state.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 23:59 | 3670404 monoloco
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Probably a hell of a lot more effective and efficient having homeowners protecting their own blocks than a bunch of donut shop surfers who are just doing the minimum until they can collect their bloated public employee pensions.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 20:35 | 3669875 Telemakhos
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http://www.horseracingnation.com/horse/Prince_Obama

Red, white and blue.  Very patriotic of you.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 20:39 | 3669889 Yen Cross
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  This shit is beyond simple. I can't believe a thread is devoted?

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 20:40 | 3669895 Yen Cross
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  You couldn't  start a fire, if a blind midget `handed you a match!'

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 01:19 | 3670500 xtop23
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They like, "little people", Yen. So un-PC :) You can expect lots of hate mail on very, very, small stationary in the future.

As far as GlockBlock goes, eh so so..... personally I think;

Prig, Sig, Dig, THEN Pig ........is a much more appropriate criminal advisory.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 21:03 | 3669964 jumbo maverick
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You can get that statue replaced. I've seen it available on the interwebs. But the current versions of the Obama statue are wearing MOM jeans.

It's good to want to protect yourself and all but make sure you don't use your Glock on a hoodie wearing black teen. You will get in trouble for that. Even if you were right.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 21:12 | 3669999 Things that go bump
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Stealing lawn ornaments is kid stuff. Rock salt is the traditional ammo and fits the crime. 

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 02:45 | 3670559 Fedaykinx
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http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot33.htm

Box o' Truth says:

 

Lessons learned:
1. At 20 yards, you might scare a dog or some other animal, but you sure wouldn't break the skin.

2. At 10 yards, you might break the skin with a couple of grains, but nothing very serious.

3. At 12 feet, you might get the desired effect, if the desired effect is to "burn" the target with the rock salt.

4. At 4 feet, you might cause a wound requiring a visit to a hospital for a human, or maybe death to a small animal.

5. Movie plots that show someone "burning" a bad guy at across-the-yard distances are hogwash.

6. Rock salt makes a pitiful personal defense load, as if we didn't already know that.

Got home and broke out the Tampax and soapy water, and got to work cleaning the barrel of the shotgun. I'm not going to take the chance of leaving salt deposits in the barrel. 

I then ran very hot water through the barrel and dried it completely. Then cleaned and oiled it as normal.

I then returned the plated 00 Buckshot to the magazine. If I ever have to "burn" a bad guy, he's not going to have any doubts or complaints about lack of penetration.

Shooting stuff is fun, even if it is something as silly as rock salt loads in a shotgun.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 23:17 | 3670319 CrockettAlmanac.com
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don't use your Glock on a hoodie wearing black teen. You will get in trouble for that. Even if you were right.

 

Another Democrat activist looking for liberal judge who will ignore the intent of the law.

 

"Well, simply because if you carefully read the statute, which most of the critics have not, and read the legislative analysis, there's nothing in this statute that authorizes you to pursue or confront other people. If anything, this law would have protected the victim in this case; it could have." -- Rep. Dennis Baxley (R), author of the Stand Your Ground Law

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 23:56 | 3670398 Cloud9.5
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You can pursue anyone.  You can ask any person what they are doing.  That does not give the person pursued or questioned the right to respond to your pursuit or your question with violence.

 

The Florida statute is pretty simple in that a person may use deadly force when he has reason to believe that his life is in danger or he is in danger of serious bodily injury.  

 

Should you find yourself on the ground with an unknown assailant pounding your face into the dirt, it would be reasonable to assume that you believed that you were in danger of serious bodily injury.

 

The moral of the story is be polite.  Here in Florida a statistically important portion of the population is packing heat.

 

 

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 00:51 | 3670420 CrockettAlmanac.com
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You can not pursue anyone. Chase me down the street and I'll learn you better.

Zimmerman did not ask Martin any questions. After being chased by vehicle and on foot Martin asked Zimmerman, "Do you have a problem" and Zimmerman said "No" while he reached for something in his jacket. That's Zimmerman's own account. Learn the facts.

What would you do if someone chased you, cornered you, refused to say why they were chasing you and then reached for something? In Florida such a scenario gives you the right to use deadly force to defend yourself by way of the Stand Your Ground Law.

The authors of the Stand Your Ground Law back Martin and not Zimmerman. Of course, I don't expect you Democrat activists to understand what self defense is all about.

"Well, simply because if you carefully read the statute, which most of the critics have not, and read the legislative analysis, there's nothing in this statute that authorizes you to pursue or confront other people. If anything, this law would have protected the victim in this case; it could have. -- Rep. Dennis Baxley (R), co-author of the Stand Your Ground Law.

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 04:21 | 3670598 Spanky
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+1

And tip of my hat.

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 07:14 | 3670677 Cloud9.5
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Stand your ground is not being pled.  Self defense is being pled.  Different concepts.  

If you are being pursued you have the same rights as the person pursuing you.  You can ask them why they are following you and you can alert them that their behavior is placing you in fear.  You can dial 911. You do not have the right to resort to violence simply because you are being followed.

 

 

 

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 10:52 | 3671320 JimBowie1958
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You are exactly right.

Martin should have asked Zimmerman what he was doing. As it turns out, Zimmerman had already given up following Martin and was returning to his car when Martin attacked Zimmerman, not realizing that Zimmerman had a gun.

Several witnesses confirm zimmermans account as does the physical wounds Zimmerman recieved from Martins assault.

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 12:08 | 3671678 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Martin should have asked Zimmerman what he was doing.

 

As I said before, Martin did ask Zimmerman what he was doing. After chasing Martin down the street in his vehicle Zimmerman got out of the Vehicle and cornered Martin. Martin said, "Do you have a problem?" That was Zimmerman's opportunity to say, "I'm a self-appointed neighborhood watchman and I think you're suspicious even though you've done nothing wrong and the police are on their way." But Zimmerman said no such thing. He responded to Martin by saying "no" and reaching into his jacket.

 

Can you honestly tell me that if someone chased you down the street, cornered you, refused to say why they were chasing you and then reached for something you'd just stand there and hope for the best? I wouldn't. The law guarantees my right, your right and Trayvon Martins right to self defense in such a situation.

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 12:01 | 3671651 CrockettAlmanac.com
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If you are being pursued you have the same rights as the person pursuing you. 

 

No you don't. Chasing people in the dead of night and then appearing to pull a weapon on them is a criminal act. The Stand Your Ground Law says that if you have an expectation that a felony is going to be committed against you you have the right to use deadly force to prevent that from happening. It makes no difference what Zimmerman pleads, the right to self defense belonged to Martin according to the authors of the law. Martin had a legal right to do exactly what he did.

 

 

2011 Florida Statutes CHAPTER 776 JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE[22]

776.012 Use of force in defense of person.—A person is justified in using force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if:

(1) He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony; or
(2) Under those circumstances permitted pursuant to s. 776.013.
Wed, 06/19/2013 - 00:49 | 3670465 Race Car Driver
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> Yeah well, I had my 'Obama in jockey silks' statue stolen off my front lawn...

 

Prolly some dumbshit Zappa fan or a disgruntled African-American (tho, statistically, prolly a Zappa fan).

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 12:55 | 3671906 jimmytorpedo
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Dumbshit Zappa fan?

I would argue that real Frankophiles are generally above average intelligence.

Zappa for president!

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 02:04 | 3670540 401K of Dooom
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A little Obama Jockey?  Does it have a matching "Obamaphone" with it?  Btw,if you need firepower, try these links:

 

http://mgshooters.com/

http://machinegunshoot.com/

http://www.knobcreekrange.com/

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 20:32 | 3669859 BlueStreet
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Homeowners need tanks here in Chicago, a Glock just won't do. 

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 21:49 | 3670124 NvrGivUp
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CHICAGO--- Part of Potus's last stomping ground?... Going from bad to worse... home security in Chicago is no kids game. Private security firms popping up, probably hiring thugs to protect you from thugs... The next decade is going to be very enlightening, especially in the big metro areas where the haves will hire the have nots to protect them from the even more desperate have nots.  Selfish to say, but kinda glad I'm over the hill and enjoyed a comparitively safe ride while it lasted. Now, I find myself helping my kids secure themselves best we can for what's probably coming...

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 23:14 | 3670321 Jam Akin
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Get out of the city.  The laws are more sane in the (non Near North) 'burbs and chances are better of having at least some like minded neighbors.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 20:47 | 3669911 Boondocker
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Let's see how it works out for George Zimmerman

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 21:52 | 3670135 espirit
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Near there, he screwed up.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 23:08 | 3670309 Ident 7777 economy
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... sez he he must not be familiar with the actual facts of the case ...

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 23:20 | 3670332 CrockettAlmanac.com
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By Zimmerman's own words he's as guilty as sin. People have a right to defend themselves against scum like Zimmerman. That's what the law says.

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 00:15 | 3670431 otto skorzeny
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It sounds like if you had a son he would look like Trayvon. One less porch monkey that mid-class taxpayers foot the bill for.

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 01:13 | 3670438 CrockettAlmanac.com
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It sounds to me like you can't understand a simple law written by white Republicans.

 

"Well, simply because if you carefully read the statute, which most of the critics have not, and read the legislative analysis, there's nothing in this statute that authorizes you to pursue or confront other people. If anything, this law would have protected the victim in this case; it could have. -- Rep. Dennis Baxley(R), co-author of the Stand Your Ground Law.

 

Is your prejudice so strong that the concept of self defense escapes you entirely? All those who want Zimmerman to come to their neighborhood and murder their house guests feel free to downvote.

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