Monday, October 29, 2012

Rod Stewart's Carjacking Story

Celeb Buzz reports

Rod Stewart was forced to help a weapon-wielding carjacker steal his own Porsche after the criminal failed to start the vehicle.

The British rocker, 67,  was visiting a storage unit in Los Angeles with his daughter, Kimberly, who was a young girl at the time, when he was approached by the thug who demanded his keys.

“He said, ‘Put your hands up’ and I gave him the keys,” he told Access Hollywood about the incident which took place 20-years-ago.

Stewart was relieved to escape unscathed, however his ordeal wasn’t over. “He came back and said, ‘I can’t start the car,’ so at gunpoint, I had to walk out on a side street with a gun in my back and get in the car and start it for him. It started on a button.”
What would have happened if Rod had been carrying a gun for his own protection?I don't see it ending better for either the thief or the celebrity.  Do you?

11 comments:

  1. I don't know Stewart's abilities, so I can't answer your specific question, but I do know that letting thugs steal our property without resisting isn't the right choice.

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    1. For you it's better to kill the thug, right?

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  2. My anti-carjacking strategy has three components:
    (1) Have a firearm readily available for rapid defensive use whether in the car or out of the car.
    (2) Do not approach your parked car if people are standing or wandering aimlessly nearby. Don't park your car in a place and get out where people are standing or wandering aimlessly. And keep watch when you approach your parked car and when you get out of your car.
    (3) If a carjacker manages to engage you in spite of (2), throw your car keys away from the car. When the carjacker goes searching for the keys, bring your firearm to bear while putting as much distance as possible between you and the carjacker. What happens after that depends on too many variables to discuss in a blog.

    This should result in a good ending for the car owner almost every time.

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    1. Then watch the bullets fly and innocent people die?
      If he goes after the keys, get the hell out of there!

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    2. Okay maybe the phrase "bring your firearm to bear" could be confusing. It means to point your firearm at your attacker so you are ready to shoot if necessary. It doesn't mean automatically shoot the attacker.

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    3. Anonymous, pointing a gun at someone is what immediately before shooting them. If the matter is not serious enough to merit shooting then you have no business drawing the weapon.

      Next thing you're gonna tell us is fire a warning shot into the air.

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  3. I always tell my employees not to resist, just do what they say and hope no one gets hurt. It would be a big mistake for me to arm my employees and have a shoot out over a few bucks. It's impossible to predict the crazy that will shoot anyways. The odds are with you to not risk your life for material things.

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    1. But it is worth defending myself from a violent criminal whose intentions aren't clear. Someone who comes in waving a gun in a robbery has committed enough violence already--you should allow your employees to stop him from committing more.

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    2. Actually your odds are best when you violently resist an attacker for several reasons. First, armed attackers have firearms that do not function something like 60% of the time. Second, an armed attacker hasn't trained to put shots on target when the target is moving and violently counter attacking and will miss with virtually every shot. And even if they do manage to shoot their victim during their victim's counter attack, the odds of the shot being life threatening are pretty much zero. Third, something like 95% of attackers turn and run away when their victim suddenly produces and points (without even having to shoot!) a firearm at them.

      Remember, armed thieves want an easy target and an easy score. An armed victim is neither of those. And attacker would much prefer to run away and find another target that isn't armed.

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    3. What "odds" are you talking about Anonymous? The ones you made up to support your fantastic ideas of heroically defending your property?

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    4. Mikeb, you make up numbers all the time. But read accounts of defensive gun uses. In many, the criminal runs when the good citizen shows a gun.

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