The Columbus Dispatch reports on what some local residents are doing in the aftermath of a couple robberies:
Many people who encounter sudden, unexpected violence have no idea how to react.
For Melynda Workman, there was never any question.
Last September, her husband, Jack, was shot in the stomach during a robbery of the couple’s Dairy Queen on Tamarack Circle South on the North Side.
Nine months later, after her husband had recovered and the business had reopened, Workman found herself staring at the barrel of a gun wielded by one of two masked robbers.
Last fall, after her husband was shot, two men were killed in separate incidents near Tamarack Circle. Theft and vandalism are common.
“I don’t know how many other countless things have happened in this area, but we want to do something about it,” Mrs. Workman wrote. “It is time to make a stand.”
So what is she going to do? Hire security guards for local businesses? Form a neighborhood watch group? Rally at the police department to get them to patrol the neighborhood more? Those are ideas that reader Alycia feels would be worthwhile.
But you know where this is going….
The Workmans have joined with the Victorious Life Christian Center Church on Tamarack Circle North to organize a “Circle of Prayer.”
“We want to circle the circle with enough people to pray over the community,” Mrs. Workman said.
“We know that with the state of the community right now, the only thing that’s going to change it is prayer,” she said.
I’m sure the criminals will run up to join them.
Or, more likely, while the residents are off praying in a circle, the criminals will be taking advantage of their absence and robbing their stores.
(Thanks to Alycia for the link!)