Since it’s easy to troubleshoot other people’s scenarios from the comfort of my own couch I’ll go ahead and pick this clip apart. The issues which immediately become apparent to me are as follows:
1- Why a small child is allowed to roam freely during a crisis like this is beyond me, especially near the border of one’s property. The perimeter does need to be checked on occasion but only by armed adults who are familiar with what procedures to follow should they encounter strangers.
2- The father in this clip failed on multiple accounts, first and foremost by wearing that corny ACU pattern shirt and hat. But seriously he clearly did not discuss a plan with his family on what procedures to follow should they encounter a stranger or what they would be willing to give (or not give). This created a problem when one person said they did have food while he was telling the stranger that they didn’t. Everyone needs to be on the same page.
3- In a situation like that I would always have a long gun at my disposal and if possible would have approached the fence with another individual who was armed. What happens if you get to the fence and there is a large family of 10 people, a few of which are rightfully carrying their own firearms for personal protection?
4- I would have vetted the source and if he truly was my neighbor I would have helped him out….but ONLY once. By pulling a gun and telling the neighbor to walk away the father only created more (immediate) problems. There is a way to handle the situation with charity and compassion while remaining firm and making a clear statement. Find out if the man is truly a neighbor and if he is offer him a few day’s worth of food. Upon offering the food tell the man: “This is a one time deal, I ask that you actively seek out other means to find food in town. Listen to me carefully, if I see you again I will not discuss anything with you. I will treat you as a trespasser who is trying to gain access to my property. I repeat that this is a one time deal and I’m not asking, but telling you to never approach my property again seeking food or you will be treated as a trespasser. Understand?” Granted this is a no win scenario as the neighbor could still come back but at least by offering him some food and giving a firm response with a show of force, he might go elsewhere next time. By simply pointing a gun at him and forcing him to leave it is almost guaranteed that he will return…with many more hungry people or possibly an armed mob. I should clarify that I would only do this for a neighbor, those who are passing through are a different scenario altogether.
Any more thoughts on the video?