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Neighborhood-watch victim unarmed when shot, prosecutors say

Published: Tuesday, July 28 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Anonymous

Did he just finish watching rambo?

Justice

Have Reginald George Campos spend every day for the rest of his life as a permanent helper to the now paralyzed David Serbeck.

Anonymous

guns keepin people safe,

Could it be?

Is this one of the "well-meaning" adults that the DN was talking about in their editorial this morning?

Too much TV

Campos has watched too many movies. Just because someone hasseled your daughter doesn't mean you get to shoot them.

Why the lies?

Campos even had his family on the local news forums, lying about what happened!

WHO were they protecting?

Did Campos know what his daughter was really doing that night, out in that car that matched the description of the car involved in the recent burglaries?

What's in Campos' home? Has it been searched for evidence of the burglaries? What about the daughter's friends, all out patrolling late at night?

Anonymous

Self defense is good. Vigilanteism is bad.

Guns

Studies show that guns are 43 times more likely to kill a family member or an innocent person than a criminal. It's not a myth people. Why do you think the LDS church asks its members to not bring guns to the meetinghouse? Answer: we are safer if people don't have guns. Didn't you people ever hear Cash sing "Don't Take Your Guns to Town." Guns escalate situations that could normally be defused.

Guns:

When seconds count..
Call a cop.
They take minutes to get to your location.

Gun fan

lol... minutes? They take 9 minutes to get to my house, with lights flashing.

Should i wait until they get there when a burglar is in my house?

People who this scenario as 'the perfect example' to ban handguns are plain stupid.

Robert

The moral of this story: let the police keep your neighborhood safe.

If you want to patrol your neighborhood to help keep it safe, leave your handgun at home. And if you see teenage girls walking around your neighborhood in the dark and you think they look suspicious, call the police and let them handle the situation. Don't follow the girls around.

And if your teenage daughter comes home and says someone was following her and her friends around the neighborhood, don't get your gun and go out looking for the person who did it. Instead, call the police and let them handle it.

CB

This is a sad tale of overreaction. Unfortunately this gentleman is not willing to own up to what he did.
There was a witness to this and I doubt the two had the opportunity to get together to 'fix' their story.
Two lives have been altered forever because of a rush to judgment.

Also on 9-1-1- Tape

Campos is heard saying that these men acted threatening toward his daughter and "when I pulled them over" shot one of them.

Why does he feel he should be pulling any one over? Especially jumping out of his car and demanding the others raise their hands. As much as his neighbors defend him as a nice man, these are the actions of someone acting irresponsibly and way beyond his authority.

While he sits in prison the world is a better place without him roaming the streets looking for someone to "pullover" and "let him have it". It's just unfortunate someone has to be paralyzed for the rest of his life first.

beacon

Gun lovers claim that without access to guns the public would fall prey to mass criminal activity. This claim doesn't hold up under scrutiny. Other countries that don't allow easy access to guns are safer than the US, and have less homicides.

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If the guy wasn't right up at the door or in the act of attacking his daughter, why could he not call the cops?

WL

If you listened to the 911 recording, you will also notice that the further it went along the more he realized what he had actually done and was continually trying to atone for it, he knew it was all being recorded. Sounded to me he was making his court case in advance. And by the way, not all of his neighbors said he is a saint, there were a few who had the guts to "tell it like it really is".

P51 Mustang

RE to beacon:

"Gun lovers claim that without access to guns the public would fall prey to mass criminal activity. This claim doesn't hold up under scrutiny. Other countries that don't allow easy access to guns are safer than the US, and have less homicides."

I challenge you to provide any factual information to your statement. If you would like to deal with facts then do your homework.
The 2nd ammendment of the Constitution was written to protect the people from the goverment. Read some history and see what Hitler, Stalin and any ohter dictator did or does when he wants to control the people.
As far as the criminal element, you go right ahead and talk to the guy with the weapon in his hand threatening you or your loved ones.
The one thing I can gaurantee you is that the very last thing I would do is pull my gun and shoot someone. That is an absolute last resort. I will run, scream, throw sand, hide, evade, or any other thing I can do first.

Mr. Campos chose to go "hunting" when he left his home with his daughter.

BTB

To "Guns" and "beacon":
It appears that you choose what you want to believe, so this won't sway you, but in his book, "More Guns, Less Crime", John Lott proves that citizens with guns reduce crime rates in their communities. The more important reasons to support gun rights for citizens are that the basic human right to self-defense has existed since humans have existed, and an armed citizenry is a sure protection against a tyrannical government. Citizens of the U.S. DELEGATE authority to the police and military to perform their respective duties, but the primary person responsible for your defense is you. You can choose to be a victim or to defend yourself, and you then take responsibility for what happens after that. A violent crime can happen to you in a matter of seconds, and the police usually show up in time to merely call the ambulance and make a report.
Another truth that is ignored by the fascist leftists who would disarm U.S. citizens is that armed U.S. citizens successfully defend themselves millions of times per year against violent criminals, often without firing a shot.

Too many

nuts with guns. VTech, Columbine, etc. When will it end?

Thomas Paine

Switzerland has avoided being in two World Wars, has a very strong Military, and very low crime rates. Every able bodied male is in the Military and keeps his weapon in his home. Violent crime rates are quite low comparitively.

The solution isn't disarmament- it's better training in all facets! A proper neighborhood watch is tied in with Police and includes decals, car magnets, etc. Serbeck made tactical mistakes in the application of the watch, that is obvious. Campos should have called police FIRST... If you feel that urgent to pursue then do it with 911 on your cell phone when you walk out the door. Do not try to effect and arrest or to detain- observer & report.

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