Library - Who Needs a Gun?

Discussion in 'In the News' started by Malum Prohibitum, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

    VCDL Alert:
    15. Who needs a gun in a library? This report says YOU do!

    Inside Edition:

    Library Crimes
    ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 2/28/2007

    You go to a library to read, do research or study quietly. What you
    don't expect, are serious crimes.

    When police responded to an emergency call from a library in Des
    Moines, Iowa they found James Effler, a registered sex offender,
    barricaded in the library bathroom with a 20-month-old toddler. He
    is now serving life without parole for kidnapping and sexual assault.

    But this is not an isolated case. INSIDE EDITION found that crimes in
    libraries occur more often than you may think.

    In Ohio last year, a surveillance camera captured a man who was
    dressed as a woman committing a lewd act right in the middle of the
    library. He pleaded no contest.

    In a Denver library, a man was seen stumbling after being brutally
    stabbed in the neck by an out of control drifter who was loitering in
    the library.

    Casey Carr knows how dangerous libraries can be. In December of
    2001, when Casey was 11, he went to a library in Sacramento, Calif.
    after school to do homework. But Casey said 25-year-old Lloyd Dawkins
    kept bothering him.

    When Casey went to the bathroom, Dawkins followed him, forced him
    into a bathroom stall and assaulted him. Dawkins is now serving 16
    years in prison.

    So how bad is library crime? INSIDE EDITION examined over 2000
    library incident reports from 13 cities around the country in 2005.
    In Atlanta, there were 174 reports of theft, disruptive behavior and
    harassment. In Seattle, there were 45 reports of public intoxication
    and sexual misconduct, and in Cleveland there were 48 incidents of
    vandalism, theft and threats.

    Libraries are now investing in sophisticated security equipment, such
    as surveillance cameras.

    In Riverhead, New York, cameras taped a man stalking 85-year-old Ruth
    Seybolt who was visiting the library like she had done for more than
    20 years. He can be seen watching her movements, and then following
    her into an aisle where he brutally attacked her and stole her

    Seybolt was found unconscious on the floor and authorities initially
    thought she had simply fallen down. But her grandson, Robert Fox,
    who is a police officer, didn't believe it and insisted on seeing the
    security tapes

    Three months later Ruth Seybolt died from her injuries. Garner Allen,
    a previously convicted violent felon, was found guilty of her murder
    and sentenced to life behind bars.

    Fox says no one should assume they are safe just because they are in
    a quiet place like a library. "Anything can happen anywhere," he
    said. "There are bad guys everywhere."

    The president of the American Library Association told INSIDE EDITION
    that libraries are very safe, but cautions that they are open to
    everyone. Parents should accompany young children and establish
    rules and expectations for older children.
  2. pro2am

    pro2am New Member

    However, in Georgia a library is an off-limits place is it not? As a publicly owned building?

    I guess I'll just have to count on the librarian to protect me.

  3. Foul

    Foul Guest



    STOP, or I'll read at you!!
  4. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

    She could fine them ten cents for every infraction.
  5. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

    I just have this picture in my head of the librarian sayiong "Shhhh!" when the shooting starts.

  6. GeorgiaGlocker

    GeorgiaGlocker Romans 10:13

    I can hear her now saying please put a silencer on that gun!
  7. Rammstein

    Rammstein New Member

    New Georgia law: No carry in a library without a suppressor.