For us to finally purchase a firearm, that is. We've been putting it off, but recent events have pushed that priority to the front of our minds. Over the weekend, there was yet another homicide in the parking lot of a church that is less than five minutes away. And this evening, I get a knock on my door. It was a lady from the beauty shop that just opened right next to our house, coming to tell me that they were robbed last night. The thieves apparently entered through a side door that I have a clear view of from my front porch. Unless it is pouring rain or covered with snow I sit out there almost every evening, and I was out there last night around 11:30pm and saw nothing. It's too close for comfort. Those people were probably watching for weeks before they made their move. I bet they know when I'm out there, when I'm not, when we are home, when we are not home. I used to sit out back, but I started sitting out front because my neighbors are loud and their dog barks all the time..You would think my being out there would deter people but apparently not. Now tonight I wonder who's next? I just don't get it...My husband takes the bus home, and said about a week ago he saw two men cutting through the beauty shop parking lot that he had never seen around here before. There are people who live on the street behind us that cut through to get home, but it wasn't them. I am so frustrated right now-I thought I did a good job of watching and being aware... I definitely need to attend the next blockwatch meeting. There are monthly meetings and our group is quite active. The last meeting discussed concealed carry and all of that. I know they are trying to get more people to get their permits. The only two people I know that have theirs are my old neighbors from two streets over-both Vietnam vets who walk the block every evening. Everyone knows they carry at all times, yet people still try to pull ****...Makes me wonder how useful it even is if these thugs don't care. Sigh.