My dad’s retired and a bit of a night owl. A couple of nights ago, about 1:30 AM, he heard something and went out on his porch. The police were at the house across the street, but just seemed to be talking to the people there so he went back inside.
Then about 30 minutes later, a knock on the door. It was the police. They told him that the people across the street (really pretty decent neighbors, no trouble with them at all for as long as they’ve been there) had gotten mixed up with “a really bad gang” and they expected trouble. Big trouble.
The policeman asked dad if he had a gun. Dad thought he was asking since he was afraid somebody might try to break in and steal it. Nope, he wanted dad to be able to defend himself when the almost certainly inevitable attack comes to across the street. To be able to hold them off until the police arrived. Now they’re not talking about the gang attacking dad, they were looking for a war in the street and wanted dad to be able to defend against them, or take a few out, or something until the police could arrive.
Needless to say, dad was pretty surprised. More like in shock. He doesn’t want to get mixed up in a gang war. He’s 80. This is a really quiet residential neighborhood, and the people across the street don’t seem to be involved with anything that you could tell. A couple with 2 small kids.
Dad didn’t tell them that he is almost certainly better armed than an entire gang, and would have no qualms about defending himself as best he could should he come under attack (I’d put money on him), but he was pretty puzzled at the statements the police made.
So he’s just waiting for all out gang warfare to bust out and play it by ear.