Has the World Gone Mad?

ImageMy friend and I were on our way to shop–a hundred miles from home. I live in a rural community, far from the asphalt maze of cities and far from my favorite stores. Ahead of us on the road, a black and white police car stopped, backed into our lane and brought us to an immediate halt.

The law enforcement officer got out of his car. He was in a white, long sleeved shirt. No badge. His shoulder holster was clearly in view. He pulled a black beanie onto his head, lifted up an automatic assault rifle, and sauntered toward us.

Has the whole world gone mad? This is frontier rural Oregon, not some city with crypts and bloods and the mafia, for goodness sakes. Thousands of acres of fertile fields and distant forested mountains surround us. Cows with their early spring calves at their sides munched peacefully on rows of hay. This was the wrong part of the world, the wrong setting for a SWAT Team.

Minutes later, not wanting to witness something horrible, my friend and I headed down an alternate route to shop in the nearest city.

I learned the rest of the story from a gun-totting local and the news. A thief broke into a rancher’s home–mistake number one. Nearly all citizens in these parts have guns for self protection against dangerous wildlife, mostly cougars and this sort of thing. And if a bad guy happens on a ranchers property to steal a vehicle, that rancher might also use his weapon of defense to defend his valuables. Gun shots were exchanged.

The thief fled the scene in the Bronco belonging to the rancher–mistake number two. People in these parts have their own personal truck lots (well, almost). My husband and I own three trucks and a car, for instance.

The owner of the Bronco jumped into a truck and pursued the bad guy, ramming him into a ditch a mile or two ahead of where my friend and I had stopped. The thief, now running on foot, ended up in someone’s house but didn’t stay long. I suspect the owner knew exactly how to handle him. The thief fled again, hid in an abandoned trailer, and was eventually apprehended under some tarps.

What a crazy world.

3 thoughts on “Has the World Gone Mad?

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  1. Sounds like SC! Gun Controllers have no need to come here. Everyone has guns. We are over run with deer and squirrel to the point they take over. Not to mention people keep them for protection. And these are the civilians here; we have the largest AF Fighter Jet Base in the country 5 miles down the road. Imaging the ammo there!

  2. Yep. Sounds like the United States, “home of the free and the brave.” Sounds like the rodents in SC better hide.

    I’m relieved that my shopping adventure turned out with happy endings all around. My friend and I found great bargains at our favorite spot, Periwinkles. No one died. The bad guy’s locked up.–I think he was relieved to finally be caught by law enforcement and saved from the ranchers who gave him something to think about while he’s serving time for multiple charges.

    A post script to my original post…the bad guy was hospitalized with injuries and some hypothermia, all sustained during his attempted robbery and his subsequent running from armed property owners. He was fortunate to have survived.

    Thank you for writing and take care,

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