The Liberal Elite loves Sanctuary Cities.
Nothing makes them feel more virtuous than claiming they are out to help the poor minorities escape destitution by allowing them sanctuary in the United States… while at the same time paying them little under the table to keep their mansions clean, their yards manicured, and their Olympic size swimming pools crystal clear.
The problem is that when they protect their nannies, maids, and gardeners, they are also protecting drug dealers, rapists, and organized crime. Now, the rich neighborhoods of New York and DC are under siege by MS-13.
Now these people have to deal with the fallout of they situation they created. This is called being bit in the ass by the law of unintended consequences.
There is a specter haunting the Hamptons — one that’s turning some of the priciest properties in the country into fortresses equipped with bulletproof glass, weaponry and panic rooms.
MS-13. It’s not specter though, it is a Salvadorian illegal immigrant drug gang.
“I sleep with a gun underneath my pillow: a Walther PPK/S, the same one James Bond carried,” said John Catsimatidis, owner of Red Apple Group and Gristedes Foods, who has a vacation property in East Quogue. “[My wife] Margo prefers a shotgun. Although, once, she thought she heard something, got the shotgun out and shot through the door.”
So these rich assholes buy guns to protect themselves and fuck it up.
Keeping a gun under your pillow is both stupid and dangerous. Dangerous because you have no idea where it is pointed. Stupid because you have no idea where it will end up when you toss and turn. What’s wrong with a nightstand at the very least?
Also, a PPK/S? I have a PPK. It’s not bad, it’s a pocket gun, a little outdated in design but I wanted it. Would it be my go to home defense gun? No. Would I use it if I had to, sure, but it’s down on the list. This guy clearly bought it because of James Bond. I guarantee if he’s ever shot it, it’s been no more than one mag worth. This is not preparedness by any means.
Lastly, his wife took Biden’s bad advice. Shooting through doors is a great way to go to jail for killing a family member.
These wealthy morons are more of a danger to each other or their kids than they are to any home invading gang members.
The billionaire and his family, like others in the Hamptons, are shaken up over concerns that the vicious Salvadorian gang MS-13 is too close for comfort. In April, members of the gang massacred four young men behind a soccer field in Central Islip. Three months later, a Hampton Bays brothel raided by police was found to be tagged with an MS-13 sign. And in 2016, a man with MS-13 connections broke into a Southampton home and sexually assaulted a woman.
Last year, Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki publicly expressed concern that the gang might spread further east. When he deployed police equipped with antiterrorism gear, including automatic weapons, along the perimeters of summer 2017 charity galas, locals took note.
Trust the New York cops to put on a show about protecting the rich and powerful at their galas but not campaign against sanctuary city laws.
One Southampton homeowner, who requested to remain anonymous for security reasons, recently outfitted her East End manse with bulletproof glass and hidden cameras throughout.
“[MS-13 is] in Suffolk County,” she said. “What’s an hour car ride? They are near.”
She’s not alone in her concern. “The home-security business is very event- and news-driven,” said Gary Blum, president of Armored Entry, a company that installs bullet-proof, super-secure windows and doors. “We get business when there is a tremendous amount of fear being generated.”
Blum’s products aren’t cheap, starting at $6,000 for a single window “that you can beat with a sledgehammer without making a dent.”
But the high price might actually be a selling point.
“The big thing [with homeowners] in the Hamptons is that if somebody has it, they [all] want it,” said Chris Cosban, a Long Island contractor who installs panic rooms in the area’s mansions. His company, Covert Interiors, charges between $25,000 and $200,000 for a standard space. (High-tech add-ons, such as fingerprint recognition, cost extra.) “There is a wow factor,” he said. “They like to brag about it.”
And there we have it. These rich assholes treat their security like another Ferrari to show off. No wonder they have no plan to back down from their sanctuary city ideals. They don’t really worry about their community. As long as they can afford their security measures and show off their new toys, they will let the laws of unintended consequences happen.
Herman Weisberg, managing director of the personal-security firm Sage Intelligence Group, said many of his clients look at their panic rooms like amenity spaces — doubling as home theaters, wine cellars or even gun vaults where weapons can be safely displayed.
Ha ha ha… security theater.
“People used to open up their garages and show off their Lamborghinis,” Weisberg said. “Now they take guests to the wine bar in their safe room.”
Catsimatidis, who, in addition to worrying about MS-13 has also had his home broken into, is installing infrared sensors at his place. But that’s nothing compared to the security measures that Al Corbi, president of SAFE (Strategically Armored & Fortified Environments), an architecture-focused security firm, has designed for customers, including Hamptonites.
These people are going to die because their panic rooms are just toys.
He pointed to people such as billionaire investor Ira Rennert, who reportedly keeps a Hummer packed with guards at the edge of his 63-acre Sagaponack estate, which includes a 110,000-square-foot, 29-bedroom mansion.
“The neighbors do not love a Hummer sitting on Peters Pond beach,” the source said. “I don’t know why he needs that. But billionaires [like] security and there are a lot billionaires in the Hamptons. I think they get more paranoid the richer they become.”
At least this guy is smart enough to know he’s not capable of defending himself with a gun.
I guess when you are so rich you don’t even make your own coffee anymore, you lose the ability to handle the more important things in your life like your own personal protection.
These people are buying guns and panic rooms and they treat them in the least serious ways possible.
It makes you wonder how these people got to be so rich in the first place.
This reminds me of the interview with T. Sean Collins in World War Z. He’s the bodyguard hired to protect the mansion full of celebrities on Long Island that got overrun because everyone was and idiot. Read the book, it’s worth it (or the sections of the Audio book here on YouTube Part 1 and Part 2).
I don’t actually foresee this people surviving a home invasion. They will die with magazines expended into walls and through doors.
Not attracting attention to themselves, buying practical guns and practicing with them, developing a family action plan and treating a safe room as a safe room is much better advice. But that goes against their natural inclination as Hampton billionaires to show off their wealth and opulence.