Wednesday, September 09, 2009

3 Teens Try to Break Into a Home

One ends up dead. Teen Shot To Death, Two Others In Custody After Home Invasion in Decatur - WHNT
Police say around 10am, the three tried to break into a home located at 1432 5th Avenue SW. The homeowner was asleep inside, and woke up. Police say the homeowner grabbed a handgun and confronted the teens. The homeowner fired one shot, striking and killing Mason. The other two teens ran away.
On the face of it, it appears to be classic self-defense. A lot of folks will make a big deal about the ages. Two kids were 14-years-old and one was 16-years-old. But should that matter? (One of the 14-year-old kids was shot.)

Should the ages matter? Were they old enough and large enough to do damage? To know right from wrong?

If you break into homes, sooner or later will will run into an armed homeowner. It sounds like it happened "sooner" in this case. Armed homeowners defend themselves. It is one of the reasons they are armed.

The Brady Bunch will consider this to be a teen tragically shot, because little things like self-defense and criminal activity don't impress them. And I consider it a tragedy too, but the tragedy is that three young people were not raised to obey the law, to respect other people's rights and property, or to think about the consequences of their actions. And there are consequences in this case. One is dead. Two are in a juvenile detention center charged with second-degree burglary. There are always consequences.

Self-defense is a human right.

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