By ADIA ROBBINS
After her home was robbed and her 12-year-old brother was held at gunpoint, a Western Michigan University student does not feel comfortable around guns.
Shannaz Salsabilla, 20, moved to the United States more than two years ago from Jakarta, Indonesia. A year before she moved was the robbery, when seven or eight individuals broke into her home in the morning and ransacked her parent’s bedroom. They tied her brother up and a man held a gun to his head.
Salsabilla said in Indonesia that citizens are not allowed to carry firearms. “We had nothing to defend ourselves with,” said Salsabilla, who is studying political science and sociology at WMU. When the men attacked Salsabilla’s home, her parents were at work. She was there with her little brother, two housekeepers and the family’s driver.
The Jakarta police said the robbery was believed to be a set up because of the strategic timing of her parents being at work and that they only came to steal things from the parents’ bedroom.
“I moved to the States where people are permitted to carry guns, and I thought that would make me feel a lot safer, but it didn’t,” said Salsabilla. She said she is not used to being in public spaces where people could be carrying a gun at anytime.
After the robbery at her home in Indonesia, Salsabilla has thought about getting a gun. Salsabilla realized she still becomes uneasy when she thinks about guns and right now in her life, she isn’t ready to have one.