Thursday, May 21, 2009

Even in Massachusetts, Self-defense is Legal

No Charges in Wilbraham Shooting A clear case of self-defense, and the People's Republic of Massachusetts only takes 2 weeks to decide. (Definitely NOT Boston.)
District Attorney William Bennett says condo owner Ronald Duval-- the first time he's been officially identified-- will not face criminal charges.

We're also learning that the intruder, David Gatti, grabbed a wine glass, broke, and used it to threaten the homeowner. Duval used his licensed handgun to try to persuade Gatti to leave, but when he started upstairs, where Duval's wife was taking a shower, he shot him in the leg. When Gatti kept going, he shot him in the chest, the fatal shot.
I was always taught center of mass. Some folks say "two to the chest, one to the head," but this stopped the threat.

This being Massachusetts we are subject to some weepy comments from the dead guys parents.
Gatti's parents showed up at the scene of the May 7th shooting and told police their son was depressed, delusional, and on medication.
Those comments have exactly no bearing on the situation. Maybe he shouldn't have been out running around, maybe he should have been confined were he wouldn't be threatening the law-abiding. It is a moot point now; he won't threaten anyone, ever again.

Self-defense is a human right, and it appears (as long as you jump through the correct hoops) it is your legal right, even in the People's Republic of MA.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

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