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Attempted Hijacking of Buggy....

These "hijacking" attempts of buggies occur more often than one might think. For the life of me, I don't understand why.  Anyone who thinks hijacking a horse-drawn buggy is "easy" (not that I have ever tried it) is sadly mistaken.  Getting a horse to halt is hard enough for its owner, let alone an armed bandit.  Add to that the fact that most Amish don't carry loads of cash and certainly no jewels and all of it adds up to some pretty dumb criminals.  That said, a hijacking attempt is terrifying for the Amish occupants of the buggy.  Armed bandits attempted to hijack a young Amish couple's buggy in rural southern New York on Sunday morning and that has the local Amish community on edge.  Click here to read more.

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I know that the Amish are a non-violent people, but I am curious. Would fear for the life of a family member be an acceptable reason in Amish thought, to take the life of another, say a would-be robber?

 

And this also reminds me of the old story about the man trying to rob a Quaker house.  The householder told the robber, "I wouldn't harm thee for the world, friend, but thou are standing right where I'm about to shoot."

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Meg,

Your question is a good one and here is my take on it:

One of the central pillars of the Amish faith is pacificism, the Amish are a non-violent people.  That said, the Amish are also human and I think if actually in a situation where one's life was on the line or a family member's....I just don't know that you would find a "universal response" to what one would do....some Amish people might rely on basic human instinct and defend themselves, while others would fall back on faith and not.   I think if an Amish person DID violently fend off an attack they would also get a mixed reaction from within their faith...the vast majority would probably not support the use of violence in the situation you describe.....others would tacitly and silently look the other way....

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I certainly hope that nobody had a shotgun on board the buggy.  We are a non-resistant people.  What a poor light to carry a gun.  However, what a terrible thing to try to rob anybody, Amish in a buggy or English in a car.

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 This is a troubling story.  This is in the area of NYS near Buffalo, I believe. It is not southern NYS which is where NYC and Long Island are located. @ Barb, I never heard of an Amish person traveling with a shot gun unless they were going hunting. Did your son see a gun in a photo of the scene? Curious.

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No photos,but local radio news seemed to hint at it. Who knows? As I said before,what a terrible thing for anyone to do to anyone else!

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Just some definition clarificationsSmile  The dictionary definition of "hijack" is "to stop and rob, or attempt rob, a vehicle in transit".....so the term "hijacking" would be appropriate in this case.   And,  okay, this robbery occurred in what is commonly referred to as the "Southern Tier" of New York, meaning the rural areas along the NY/PA border, not, technically, "southern New York" which would, indeed, be Long Island, etc.....as far as the buggy occupants carrying a shotgun....I'm not saying that couldn't be the case...but I'd like to hear more substantiation on that before accepting that...It would seem to me unlikely that a young Amish couple out for a Sunday drive would pack heat, but, you never know.....

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I saw this on the local(Buffalo) news this morning.It has also been on our local radio stations all day. What we are hearing is an armed robbery attempt,rather than a hijacking.WIVB is the station I watch,and they are almost always correct. I have been to Amish country where this occured,and I believe I've posted before that it seems to a poor area. That makes me wonder if it was local people that did the crime? My son seems to think that perhaps the Amish man had a shotgun onboard the buggy,since they were somewhat easily detered. None the less,it is a terrible thing to have happened,and I hope they catch them soon!