Vic Gundotra took to Google+, the social network he’s credited with masterminding, to share a personal story:
Whew. What a scary night. I fell asleep early only to have my wife wake me up frantically. “Someone is outside our house - they are sneaking around the backyard!”
Vic’s Google+ activity is comprised mostly of funny links and announcements about Google+, so this stood out immediately:
Quickly waking up, I asked her - “what is going on?”. She said “Someone rung the door bell a few minutes ago. I thought it was a prank. So I went to the den window and looked outside… and then noticed a man in a jeans and a hood walking around to the back of the house. When the motion detection activated lights kicked on, I saw him. He is outside now!”
Thankfully, things turn out to be fine: Vic confronts the apparent loiterer, who then flees. But the post goes on, reading like something out of the Guns & Ammo letters page:
I loaded the cartridge on my Springfield XD ACP 45 which was stored in the safe.
How very specific!
Fortunately one of our good friends is a member of the SWAT team and currently a police detective. He has helped train my wife and I on the use of the gun, including encouraging us to add a SureFire X300 weapon light.
This film stars real, active duty Vic Gundotras.
I gently pulled the handle (not the trigger) to engage the SureFire X300 light towards the front door.
And you pumped a few rounds through the screen door, just to be safe? Maybe tossed a flashbang into the driveway?
I yelled “You have the wrong house”. He repeatedly asked me for my address, and I repeated the same “You have the wrong house”.
Close enough. Vic stays frosty:
It’s funny how calm you can be with a Springfield XD in your hand.
[I] noticed the strange man walking slowly down my driveway. As I fired the light on him, he started running down the driveway and into the darkness.
He ends with a warning to other would-be yard-loiterers: “[M]y Springfield XD stays by the bedside tonight,” then links to the product page for his Springfield pistol. (For what it’s worth, Google has been criticized for banning gun-related content on its advertising platform.)
So Vic’s a gun guy and Zuck hunts Bison. Dick Costolo, whaddya got?