How to respond to a mugger
Give him your wallet
Recognize that he needs help
Take him to dinner
Explain that it's good to be nice
"I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It's as simple as it gets in this complicated world."
Which makes sense given they feel entitled to steal from me to fund their propaganda and statist agenda.
Posted by: Cory Brickner at January 27, 2011 12:51 PM
I'm glad it worked out well for him, but Yikes!
Do not try this at home!
Posted by: Jennifer at January 27, 2011 12:51 PM
Great. And tomorrow when that thug expects the same thing, doesn't get it and kills the victim, will this asshole feel the slightest responsibility? Of course not: He'll probably blame society, the victim, George Bush and Sarah Palin.
Posted by: Flight-ER-Doc at January 27, 2011 01:01 PM
I'd feed him a warm lead sandwich. It'll keep him fed for rest of his life.
Posted by: Jim W at January 27, 2011 02:02 PM
I say BS
Posted by: ed at January 27, 2011 02:48 PM
So, I'm guessing that the guy has probably never read Marko Kloos's (aka The Munchkin Wrangler)essay; "Give Them Nothing", published 10/29/2007.
Posted by: Greg in Allston at January 27, 2011 02:48 PM
I am continually surprised that there are fools that really believe that crap. Clearly, they have never been mugged or met any "poor, unappreciated folks that no-one has treated well"
It sounds nasty, but I would like to be the fly on the wall when a fool like that meets Marty the mugger. They might get a different impression of Marty the mugger. Like Marty views them as a two legged ATM thats gonna finance their next fix.
Posted by: Roger at January 27, 2011 02:58 PM
I rather like the way that the fellow in the following story handled the mugger.
Posted by: mike at January 27, 2011 03:10 PM
Alright ... I'm on the "fight back when you can" side. But if this story is true (and it sounds a little too good to be true) I've got nothing but respect for this guy's guts.
But ... I seriously doubt both his sanity and his common sense. Though maybe as a social worker he knows how to read desperate people better than the rest of us.
I'll give him respect, but I ain't trying it, that's for sure ...
Posted by: stephen at January 27, 2011 04:09 PM
I was once trying to explain the ethics of self defense with this woman I was acquainted with. The example I gave was a criminal bent on rapine and murder. Her response was wanting to try to psychoanalyze the hypothetical criminal on the spot rather than using deadly force to end the attack.
What was that about FBI Uniform Crime Victimization injury reports and the best/worst outcomes of violent crime encounters?
Posted by: Montieth at January 27, 2011 05:32 PM
I figure the Sig will make him look for dinner elsewhere :)
Posted by: Counsel at January 27, 2011 10:47 PM
According to Gary Kleck's Point Blank study, the behavior NPR advocates, unarmed verbal resistance, has the absolutely highest chance of getting the victim seriously injured.
Anyone advocating this is a suicidal dumbass. Or just ignorant to the point of near self-fatality.
If you are unarmed, the safest thing to do is to had over your money, and keep your mouth shut.
( BTW: if you are armed, the safest thing to do is to also keep your mouth shut, and to draw and start shooting immediately, regardless of whether or not the robber has the drop on you. )
Posted by: Kristopher at January 30, 2011 11:37 AM
One of the npr comments says
"He thought that since that worked out so well he might as well move up the criminal ladder and try a bigger crime."
To which I add: "Once elected he found returning to office easier then the lobbying offers that seemed to never end."
Posted by: Boyd at January 31, 2011 01:52 PM