Sunday, August 10, 2008

A Tough Weekend for Burglars

First, from Florida - Resident kills intruder | Pensacola News Journal
At about 4:30 p.m., two men broke in through the side door of the West Pensacola home. At least one of the men was armed, Austin said.

The man living in the residence heard the disturbance and shot one of the suspects while the other one ran away.
The guy who got shot died outside the home. The other guy got away, but the homeowner was safe. And within his rights.
“He was an armed intruder who came in with a weapon. The homeowner saw the threat and defended himself,” [Glenn Austin, spokesman with the Escambia County Sheriffs Office,] said. “When you’re threatened you have the right to defend yourself.”
In Georgia, things don't seem to be so clear cut. - Burglar shot during home invasion.
A 75-year-old man shot a teen who he suspected was attempting to burglarize his home.

The homeowner says he heard a noise at his back window, got his pistol and yelled at the would-be burglar as he saw a man crawling through the window.
The homeowner shot the goblin in the leg and groin, but the officials aren't clear on the right to self-defense.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office will decide whether to charge the homeowner.
With what would he be charged? How is a 75-year-old man supposed to react when a young goof-ball invades his home? But those rascally bureaucrats don't want to give up any option for exercising their authority.

Self-defense is a human right. And, at least in Florida, it is your legal right.

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