Saturday, January 05, 2008

If I move north, it just might be to Tennessee

With more people carrying guns, self-defense killings on increase : Commercial Appeal Seems Tennessee is a state that has its act together - for the most part.

The number of justifiable homicides - in Memphis alone - nearly tripled from 2006 to 2007, going from 11 to 32.

Why is that?
"The thugs have started running into people who can protect themselves," said Tom Givens, owner and instructor at the firearms training school RangeMaster.
Police don't know if they buy that argument. Still there are about 35,000 people in Shelby County (Memphis area) with concealed carry permits. That has to count for something.

And if you were wondering, Tennessee does have the strong version of the Castle Doctrine.
Tennessee law gives citizens the right to defend themselves if they have a reasonable and imminent fear of harm from a carjacker, rapist, burglar or other violent assailant. They can also employ deadly force to protect another person.
There is no duty to retreat.
[Asst. Dist. Atty. Tom] Henderson has seen one trend: "The more the public is afraid of crime, the less concerned they are with criminals being shot." But he can't say that has affected the totals for justifiable homicides.
This is as positive an article about self-defense as I have seen in a while, even if there is something in the tone that leads me to believe the reporter isn't happy about it. Still, it is a positive article talking about the law of self-defense and people defending themselves.

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