As some of you may recall, I live across the street from a large group of people who enjoy screaming into a karaoke machine pointed directly at my house, at around 75dbs. During the past 6 months, the police have twice arrested some of occupants, at about 6:45 am, usually with the assistance of roughly 2 to 6 (yes 6) police officers. Last week the cops called me, asking if I knew anything about this neighbor. The deputy told me that they have had an unusual number of complaints about criminal activity at the house. Silly me was only calling to complain about the karaoke. Yesterday morning I was edging my lawn when one of the folks who lives or visits there drove up in his truck. He and a friend got of the truck, holding their beer cans, and letting their two very very large dogs out. They kept staring at me but I kept edging the lawn. Well one of the dogs began to walk across the street, coming straight for me. I yelled at it to get away and swung the weed wacker around, preparing to use it against this very very large dog. Now don't get me wrong - although I am a cat person, I love dogs. I have helped 3 different owners on my street get their 3 run away dogs back (I keep a box of dog biscuits in the garage for some cute yippy dogs in the backyard of the house to my right). These just aren't normal dogs. There's something dangerous about them. One of the beer guzzling rednecks calls the dog back. A few minutes later I heard a dog screaming bloody murder - the two dogs from the pickup had attacked some pitbull and were CALMLY pulling the dogs apart. I yelped out a "jesus christ" and they turned around and looked at me as if in a panic!! I found out today that the people across the street own the pitbull. The pitbull frequently escapes. It has already torn a cat to shreds. This morning it again escaped and began threatening a harmless but loose dog who lives down the street. I also found out this morning that the pull tore apart a neighbor's cat, leaving it's PIECES in their own front yard. I'm afraid to go out in my front yard anymore. The cops won't help. The HOA could care less - they are more concerned with the appearance of my lawn than with mine or anyone else's safety. I am seriously considering purchasing a handgun to protect myself and my indoor cats, especially when I'm in the front yard. I can't hit the side of a barn playing lazer tag. My friends think I should start screaming at the cops for their laziness. Am I missing a fourth option?