Former detective says to treat intruders ‘like royalty,’ point them to all your stuff
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A recent segment on NBC’s Today Show addressing home invasions suggested using car keys and wasp insecticide, rather than firearms, to combat intruders, and recommended that Americans give in to thieves’ demands.
During last Monday’s episode, reporter Jeff Rossen purported to teach Americans “How to protect your family from home invasions.”
Citing FBI statistics that showed around 50,000 break-ins occurred in 2011, Rossen asked Wallace Zeins, a former NYPD detective, “So how can you get your family out of such a situation alive?”
Instead of impressing upon everyone the importance of their Second Amendment rights, Zeins recommended trying to scare robbers away by using car keys:
“Most people don’t realize this, but they leave their car keys downstairs,” Zeins said. “Bring your car keys up. Alarm systems are very expensive, and this is a loud one. All you have to do is hit the keys. They don’t realize it, but it’s the best alarm system, and doesn’t cost them a penny.”
As Mike Opelka pointed out, the former detective did not explain what people who park their cars far from their homes should do. Additionally, some FOB devices have limited ranges within which they can communicate with car alarm systems.
“He did not mention a solution for high-rise apartment dwellers or those who their park cars beyond the normal range of the key fob transmitter (some of these key fob remotes become useless beyond 20-30 feet),” writes Opelka. The detective also forgot about people who don’t own cars, or whose cars do not have alarm systems.
Zeins also urged keeping some wasp insecticide aerosol spray handy, as an alternative to pepper spray, because it can squirt long distances.
“Buy a can of wasp hornet spray in the hardware store or the supermarket, keep it by your bedside or the floor,” he said. “It’s more powerful than police Mace.
“The great part is, when you spray, it will go 20 to 25 feet,” Zeins added. An intruder hit with the spray will be temporarily blinded. Please check your state and local laws on the legality of using these sprays for self-defense.”
Most insecticide spray cans contain warnings stating: “It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.” Also, wasp spray cans carry direction labels indicating not to use the spray indoors.
Aside from potentially committing a federal violation, wasp spray isn’t intended to be used on humans, so its actual effectiveness, or potential lethality, is up for debate.
As Opelka also notes, it didn’t work too well for one Washington state couple, who “sprayed the wasp spray in the intruder’s face, but it had no effect,” according to The Seattle Times. “The spray did not stop the attack; only a well-placed and very sharp steak knife was effective in ending the conflict,” writes Opelka.
Ridiculously, Zeins also goes on to advise that people should direct robbers to all their expensive belongings, as well as treat them like “royalty.”
“You tell them exactly where it is. You want to get them out of there as quickly as you can,” Zeins stated. “Remember, treat them like royalty. On top of that, you don’t want to lie to them.”
Similar to past Department of Homeland Security bulletins, which recommended utilizing “improvised weapons,” such as chairs, fire extinguishers or scissors during active shooter situations, the segment’s omission of the most obvious self defense item – a gun – is likely deliberate.
The effectiveness of firearms at deterring crime is exemplified in Kennesaw, Georgia, where the crime rate virtually ceased after a 1982 law required every household to possess a firearm.
The refusal to even acknowledge firearms for self defense, which have even been recommended by the Vice President at one time, is part of a broader top-down, anti-gun propaganda campaign attempting to “really, really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way,” as admitted by Attorney General Eric Holder at a Women’s National Democratic Club conference in 1995.
“What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we’ve changed our attitudes about cigarettes,” Holder outlined.