Ours or Mine ?

I happened across a news article today that intrigues me. It seems that a legally armed man who, upon witnessing another man carrying a set of golf clubs and recognizing the clubs as a set stolen from him a few days earlier, displayed his weapon and forced the alleged perpetrator to the ground. ( The news article did not mention what action occurred after this event, but I assume the police were summoned. )

I have my own opinion as to whether or not the gentlman took the appropriate measures to retrieve his property but I am not writing this piece to discuss my views on gun control.

The things about this incident that fascinate me are the comments made by other readers. There were several thoughts expressed that indicated the authors disbelief that a man would react so vehemently over “just a set of golf clubs”.

Just a set of golf clubs. We do not know what this set of clubs meant to the original owner. We can express our opinion about whether or not they were retrived in a socially correct manner. The one thing that we do know is that these golf clubs belonged to the original owner and NOBODY else had ANY right to possess them.

One commenter even said that the original owner was a “fool” to leave his golfclubs anywhere that another person could pick them up because “thats what happens”. ( I have my own thoughts about that persons character and moral fibre. )

BTW: Does anyone have feelings of pity for the thief due to the embarrassment he must have experienced from this episode ?

19 thoughts on “Ours or Mine ?

  1. Actually, this IS all about “gun control”.. but not in the traditional sense. This guy had no control over when and how to use his weapon. He just saw another guy allegedly with his stolen property and pulled out his piece. I don’t care if the alleged thief had stolen his family heirloom Hope Diamond. When you pull out a gun you SHOULD have the intent to use it and that should be based on the threat against you or the life of someone else. Property is not worth a human life. Unfortunately people have seen too much Hollywood and that enters into play. Arm yourself with pepper spray if you want to bring someone down safely.. it works 9 out of ten times, and everyone lives. Best of all, it’s legal to carry in all states.

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  2. Oh well, all is well that ends well. Lucky owner, ‘lucky’ thief…
    The gun control is just what I have in mind. And I am thinking, like I mentioned, should a person really be allowed to have a gun and hold another to ransom – for whatever reason, especially if he wasn’t molested, attacked or the like?

    Lots to think of here really WL… Lots to think about.

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  3. Let’s hope when pulling his gun he considered a) whether they were definitely definitely his clubs, and b) whether the ‘thief’ might have been an upstanding citizen who had just happened across some dumped stolen goods.

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  4. My first thought was, “Were they the right golf clubs?” Figuring the thief probably didn’t have a gun, the owner might have saved the dramatics simply by confronting the thief in the open and demanding the clubs back. Where could the thief go? If he tried to run on the golf course, he couldn’t take the clubs. He might have brained the owner with one of the clubs, I guess, but then he certainly would have been the one arrested. What if the owner had been wrong?

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      1. In that case, the owner over-reacted and should have confronted the perpetrator in front of witnesses and asked for his clubs back, without all the dramatics.

        It’s part of my strategy of embarrassing the thief into behaving. That doesn’t work with politicians, though. They are immune to shame.

        I sometimes wonder if the old strategy of putting people in stocks (not the publicly traded ones) for a day or so would reduce petty crimes. Public humiliation does a good job of containing people’s excesses (unless they are politicians).

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      2. I might, too. On the other hand, I think it’s more cruel to lock them up behind bars, with little useful to do, where they don’t have a chance to communicate with anyone but police and well-screened visitors.

        Another of my long cherished ideas is to put them on paid work detail to help fix potholes and other public works projects. Reasonable schedules, paid enough to build nest eggs, but not overly much, as the overhead of food and housing is covered by incarceration. They could build work resumes, collect references, and be better positioned to find work once they are released.


  5. The opinion you express is a better way for me to know about you and as the comments paint a picture of commentators, your post paints the picture of you and the painting is showing the nice person you are! Nice perspective!

    I would pity the thief, when he actually isn’t thief!

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    1. Hey, Kid ! I would like to think that if this person in possession really thought he had a right to these things, that he would not push back too hard, as the law would be on his side. ( Who can tell about such matters?) ; )

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  6. Intetesting. Surely the fact that they were golf clubs is immaterial. There is a principal here: theft is theft. Of course here in the UK the owner would have been arrested and charged with assault. I kid you not!

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      1. Hee hee hee, it’s been long since I heard someone say ‘I kid you not’, people seem to have a peculiar preference for ‘shit’ maybe because we are closer in thought to our butts? 🙂

        Assault would have been the case in a lot of countries too. And that had me thinking too, y’know? The whole angle of the man holding the gun and ‘arresting’ the thief… It calls for a lot of thought… Like, if this can happen, what else can the same man do in a different scenario?

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