Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Two Defensive Shootings: Two Different Reactions

One was in Georgia, where they have a good version of the Castle Doctrine written into law.

The other was in New York, where the authorities are trying to determine if it will politically expedient to charge the homeowner for defending his home.

Homeowner Used "Self Defense" Against Intruders | defense, homeowner, intruders - Local News - WTVC NewsChannel 9: Chattanooga News, Weather, Radar, Sports, Lottery
The "Castle Doctrine" has its roots in English Common Law and gives a person the right to defend his or her home. And that's exactly what Rossville, Georgia police say a homeowner did Monday afternoon when two intruders tried to break into his home.
The written law is on his side. Centuries of British Common Law is on the homeowner's side. The police are on his side.
Public Safety Director Sid Adams said, "At this point in time I don't see any reason or anything that indicates [the homeowner] did anything wrong."
When Can a Homeowner Legally Use Deadly Force? | WKBW News 7: News, Sports, Weather - Buffalo, New York | Local News
A deadly shooting inside an Amherst home over the weekend is stirring up questions about when a homeowner has the right to use deadly force. So far the homeowner who shot and killed a 31-year-old teacher shortly after 1:00 a.m. Sunday has not been charged with a crime and whether or not that changes depends heavily on if it can be shown that the homeowner had reason to believe the intruder intended to commit burglary.
How in the name of all that is sacred are you supposed to be able to determine some stranger's intent at 1 AM. He is in your home. He has been warned you have a gun. He is not leaving. Do you think he is there to take the Census?

I suppose he should have sat meekly by, and called 911, and hoped the police got there before anything bad could happen.

Self-defense is a human right.

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