67-year old Harvey Lembo is a retired lobster fisherman and confined to a wheelchair. He is also a frequent victim of crime having been burglarized 5 times in six years. Finally fed up, the Rockland, Maine resident purchased a gun for protection and last Monday used it to shoot a burglar. Now, the owner of his apartment is ordering him to get rid of the gun to ensure his and other tenants’ safety. With that logic, I’m guessing the owner is a democrat.
This actually starts out as pretty good story. WBNS reports that on Monday Lembo bought himself a revolver and only hours later needed it for protection. Later that night he heard a noise. He grabbed his newly acquired gun, got in his wheelchair and went to investigate. He saw 45-year-old Christopher Wildhaber digging through his prescription medications looking for painkillers.
Lembo tried to hold the burglar while he called police, but Wildhaber didn’t cooperate so Lembo shot him in the shoulder. The wounded criminal ran away, leaving a trail of blood. Police followed the trail to the woods where they found Wildhaber hiding. He was arrested.
Like I said, it’s a pretty good story. An old man in a wheelchair, fed up with being victimized, buys a gun and uses it to defend himself. Now here’s where things go south according to The Bangor Daily News:
The 67-year-old man who shot an alleged intruder accused of trying to steal his prescription painkillers has been told by his landlord he cannot have a firearm in his apartment.
Park Place Apartments is managed by Stanford Management Co. of Portland. Russ Gagne, director of finance, said the firearm prohibition is part of the house rules for living in the apartments, and tenants sign a lease that requires they adhere to house rules.
“This is to ensure the safety of all tenants,” said Gagne.
How exactly does disarming people make them safer? If Lembo had confronted the burglar without his gun he would have likely been killed or at the very least severely injured. Remember, he’s 67 years old and in wheelchair. The only realistic defense he has against intruders is a firearm. And while we’re on the subject of safety, this guy has been burglarized 5 freakin’ times! If the apartment manager isn’t going to do anything to stop break-ins, the least he could do is allow residents to protect themselves.
[Gagne] said owners and managers of private rental units can prohibit firearms. He said most multifamily housing developments have such prohibitions. Stanford manages about 1,500 units in Maine, he said.
This is an insane violation of tenants’ Constitutional rights. It’s like telling residents they can’t vote or practice their religion while renting. Actually, it’s much worse because being disarmed could mean getting raped, beaten, or killed.
Speaking of being disarmed, the apartment manager’s demand that Pembo get rid of his gun is probably a moot point. Police have confiscated his revolver and are holding it as evidence against the burglar. Isn’t that great? The cops took his gun away. How is he supposed to protect himself while the police conduct the investigation? I bet you the suspect is back on the street before Pembo gets his gun back.
I’d like to point out that the police have not made a single arrest in any of the previous burglaries at Pembo’s apartment. The cops won’t protect him, the property owners won’t beef up security, yet both of these groups want to take Pembo’s ability to defend himself away. That is what gun control is all about: punish the law-abiding while enabling the scumbags.