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Last week I saw a dead woman laying on the ground, today I saw a man shot with a gun and was at gunpoint in our neighborhood so I have quite a headache.

Because of my recent exposure to bad behavior and dangers in my own neighborhood, I have not enjoyed this week or the one past. I have to admit, it's hard sometimes.

Last week a woman was face down on the grass, at a bus stop. I waved down the police and they called it in. I was not sure if the lady was dead of just unconscious. I will never know. I only know I let the police know about it so they could take care of it.

Then this afternoon while we were running errands and doing some light shopping we drove right by a scene right out of Law & Order. A man with a gun, held in both hands, pointed at some guy who was apparently fleeing from a house, bleeding from his leg. I called police on my cell phone and gave them as much details as I could. My wife was totally upset and I had a delayed reaction to it. I have had a headache and stomach acid ever since and it took place today between 2 and 3 PM. The police dispatched an ambulance. I hope that man got away alive. We were right in the line of fire. My wife heard the gunshot before we approached the intersection of that house where the two men were standing, and it was enough to convince my wife to run through a STOP sign and get us home and out of the line of fire.

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MegL wrote on October 19, 2017, 4:14 AM

That's an awful shock to see things like that, even at a distance. I hope you recover soon.

VinceSummers wrote on October 19, 2017, 7:17 AM

Crime happens everywhere, but if I had to choose which 5 states I'd want to stay out of, one of 'em would be Texas.

lookatdesktop wrote on October 19, 2017, 12:09 PM

I have to find a way to live because I have no choice. I have to keep an eye on another property that is being used as a life estate for my older brother, who lives there. When he passes, hopefully that will be a long time from now, I have to sell the house he is living in and divide it among my brothers and sisters and with that I will only have enough to do some upgrading to the house my wife and I own. It is sad I have to see such bad behavior in my city but unless I played the Texas Lottery and won a few million, Texas will remain my home state.

lookatdesktop wrote on October 19, 2017, 12:30 PM

I do know there are a lot of unauthorized immigrants living in this state and they tend to move into the metropolitan cities such as Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio to name a few. Maybe most of the problem comes however, from those who are just plain bad people who need to get out of town before sundown but there is a lot of push and pull from the government on this matter as indicated from an article from the Dallas Morning News from the link below:

VinceSummers wrote on October 19, 2017, 3:30 PM

Am I correct in thinking that there are also laws that allow shooting people at will in Texas under certain conditions? Such as a break in?

lookatdesktop wrote on October 19, 2017, 4:25 PM

I have heard rumors to this possibility. I will not say that it is indeed permitted to always use deadly force on a person who invades your home and they sometimes tell us through the grapevine, that if you shoot a person on your lawn, you better drag them in the house afterward. Basically I figure that if a homeowner has a gun or a rifle of some type, they will not hesitate to fire at a person who is breaking in. But the decision to warn them in advance and give them the chance to run away is sometimes the better decision to make.

Kasman wrote on October 21, 2017, 5:56 PM

Considering the amount of gun violence and mass shootings which happen in the states there is a growing feeling in some parts of the UK that the USA is not a safe place to visit any more!

lookatdesktop wrote on October 21, 2017, 7:03 PM

That might be true in some states but the news tends to over report only the extreme bad news and under report the very good news and that is why I don't like watching the nightly news on TV. The acts of domestic terrorism as I call it is happening in many parts of the world, not only America. I hope things get better ASAP.

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Kasman wrote on October 22, 2017, 11:35 AM

Yes indeed. Sadly it is one of the tenets of media reporting that bad news makes good news.

BarbRad wrote on October 28, 2017, 11:23 PM

That is really scary. I'm glad I've never been in such a situation and had to make a quick decision about what to do. No wonder it gave you a headache and heartburn. I'm glad you lived to tell the tale.

BarbRad wrote on October 28, 2017, 11:27 PM

California is a sanctuary state and had more that its share of illegal immigrants who commit crimes. What part of Texas are you living in? I have lots of relatives in the Houston area.