Tuesday, August 18, 2009

As Far As I Know, Wisconsin Doesn't Have Concealed Carry

So the powers-that-be will no doubt prosecute this act of self-defense. Robbery target kills 17-year-old suspect - JSOnline
The shootings occurred about 2:50 a.m. in the 2600 block of N. 1st St. When the suspects confronted a 22-year-old man on the street he pulled out his own gun and shot the younger teen, police Sgt. Mark Stanmeyer said. Somehow, the older teen was shot and received a non-life threatening injury, Stanmeyer said.
If this had happened in a state where concealed carry was legal, I would say "Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0" and be done. But this isn't one of those instances. The DA will decided if a jury will convict. (Though now I think on it, open carry MAY be legal in Wisconsin. Does anyone know? The article doesn't say.)

The means of self-defense should be available to everyone - certainly every law-abiding adult. The Castle Doctrine (or the Stand Your Ground law) should ensure that you have the right to defend yourself, and that after you do defend yourself, you can't be the target of lawsuits for doing so.

Oh, and just so they can turn the screws a little, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel characterizes the dead hooligan as a "17-year-old Milwaukee boy." Given that he was committing armed robbery, I think there is a pretty good chance he might have been charged as an adult, had he faced a jury. I guess it is easier to demonize those eeeevil gun-owners if they are killing 17-year-old-boys, than if they are defending themselves from armed attack. The dead hooligan apparently shot the living hooligan after he got shot himself. (Media bias? What media bias?)

Self-defense is a human right.

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