Man taken to hospital following shooting in Elkhart

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Man taken to hospital following shooting in Elkhart
Man taken to hospital following shooting in Elkhart
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 Posted 11/16/2013 6:57:27 AM
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Looks like the violence from Southbend is spreading to Elkhart.
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 Posted 11/16/2013 8:20:58 AM
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It gets scarier every day. While many believe "it could never happen to me", the evidence points toward a very real chance of being involved in one of those violent occurrences. In response to a very constructive comment by Buford, I will be taking gun safety courses including safe usage and storage of weapons, increasing home defense through burglary deterrence measures, and mental training during an emergency situation. I want to be as prepared as possible in handling a situation that threatens my family. I pray I will not be faced with a burglary or home invasion. I pray the same for everyone else as well.
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 Posted 11/16/2013 9:28:02 AM
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It gets scarier every day. While many believe "it could never happen to me", the evidence points toward a very real chance of being involved in one of those violent occurrences. In response to a very constructive comment by Buford, I will be taking gun safety courses including safe usage and storage of weapons, increasing home defense through burglary deterrence measures, and mental training during an emergency situation. I want to be as prepared as possible in handling a situation that threatens my family. I pray I will not be faced with a burglary or home invasion. I pray the same for everyone else as well.


Ron, I'm sure you already researched this,but Midwest gun and range has excellent classes that teach you basic handgun safety($60/per person) and they have an advanced class($80/per person) that teaches you proper protection in cases of emergencies such as home invasions and burglary.Even if you never held a gun, you'll be much more prepared and confident after the 2 classes. That's just my $0.02. Smile
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 Posted 11/16/2013 9:37:29 AM
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Thank you CountrySquire. I appreciate the info. I have not checked out Midwest but will do so. Thanks again.
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 Posted 11/16/2013 11:07:42 AM
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Ron, we have trained dogs in the Schutzhund sport for many years.  It is very good training with three components. 1. Obedience 2. Tracking 3. Protection. Those three component trials have three performance levels.  The dogs that fail Schutzhund training become police dogs.  A well trained protection dog is actually superior to a gun.  The dog really draws a perps attention away and creates collateral concern for their control of the situation.  The dog does not engage logic or reason.  The dog does not listen to any shucking and jiving, it only knows emotional intensity.  It knows you, it realizes your intensity and most importantly, the dog instinctively knows the focus of your intensity, the perp!  Part of our dog demonstrations at the county fair have a police officer explaining that the dog is better protection device than the firearm.  And you don't have to pull the trigger.

I am not discouraging firearms training and see Rocco Rigsby at Midwest if you chose to own a firearm.  A very good weapon would be a .380 semi-auto with a few clips.  It's got a large whollop and the wife's smaller hand will easily accommodate it's frame.  I am only offering another home safety and protection device that the entire family would be protected by.  I have the dogs as a dual protection strategy in concert with various firearms.  Good luck and congratulations on your responsible outlook.
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 Posted 11/16/2013 5:10:39 PM
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Thank you Mbernard and to all of you who have been so helpful. I agree with dogs as I have 3 of them. However, I am not sure how they would react to someone breaking into my house. I would suspect that instincts would take over but then again, they might run and cower in the bedroom. Not exactly police material but they do make a lot of noise (which in this case, would actually be a blessing).

The .380 semi sounds like the right gun for me and I am trusting the instructors will help me with a selection as well. Many others have told me the same with the .380 semi-automatic. Not holding out much hope for my wife though as she is terrified of guns. I would prefer she stay in the bedroom with the dogs (LOL).

Thank you.....all of you!
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 Posted 11/16/2013 5:21:32 PM
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Roncargo (11/16/2013)
Thank you Mbernard and to all of you who have been so helpful. I agree with dogs as I have 3 of them. However, I am not sure how they would react to someone breaking into my house. I would suspect that instincts would take over but then again, they might run and cower in the bedroom. Not exactly police material but they do make a lot of noise (which in this case, would actually be a blessing).

The .380 semi sounds like the right gun for me and I am trusting the instructors will help me with a selection as well. Many others have told me the same with the .380 semi-automatic. Not holding out much hope for my wife though as she is terrified of guns. I would prefer she stay in the bedroom with the dogs (LOL).

Thank you.....all of you!


As a general rule ANY dog is a deterrent, and a noisy dog is like a burglar alarm.

I would do some research before you go to the gun, however. My house is a two story, with my kids bedrooms upstairs. I was told by an expert that a shotgun was a better choice for my home than a pistol, as the shotgun with the proper shell would stop an intruder, but not penetrate the walls or ceiling and hit one of the kids. This is something people frequently do not think of - but recall stories of children hit by bullets from drive-bys while sitting in front of the TV. If your children's room are behind yours, away from the likely points of incursion, then by all means, the .380 would probably work well for you.
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I never really thought about that. Thanks Kate!
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The community made a division within itself years ago. It divide itself into elements where there were certain mentalities and invisible lines or borders trying to be established. They were first recognized as turf areas and then Hoods. Neighbor was deleted from the word itself with thugs and gangsters taking that necessary control out of the hands of the residents in those areas. Washington Gardens, south central Elkhart, Midtown, Middlebury Apts and etc. suddenly needed to identify themselves and their populace as the HOOD. Now the HOOD itself has given itself a meaning, an identity: A format for crime, a festering cesspool, an area primed for sheltering, harboring and culturing illegal and dangerous activities that may be hazardous to ones health or health of a community. Once you have gone down that road you have exiled everyone to that ghetto, known as the HOOD. Protest, march, rename it and it will always be a place where 5 or 7 shots may be fired, a victim present and witnessed by those in the vicinity and the shooters disappear into the night.
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