Tuesday, September 14, 2010

This Might Piss You Off, But It Is NOT Self-defense

Self-defense is not about stuff. It is about life. Police: Man shot while taking wheel rims | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
A homeowner and his cousin shot and killed a man while he tried to remove wheel rims from the homeowner's car early Monday morning at a home in north Harris County.
No word on what charges will be filed, but I would bet there would be some. Shooting someone over something is not a good place to be.

Things can be replaced.


Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

If the grand jury does come back with an indictment, it may not stand up to a motion to dismiss by the defense. I think TX is one of those states where the use of deadly force is allowed to stop a felony - even if it's just theft. It will depend on how events actually played out, I think.

Zendo Deb said...

"Legal" and "Right" are not always the same thing

Phillip said...

Things can be replaced, but you have to go buy them with money that you earn by giving up a portion of your time to someone else. The only thing you really start out in life having is time, and you trade your time for money, which you then trade for 'stuff'. Therefore, when someone takes my 'stuff', they're taking my time, and I only have a finite amount of that in this world. Theft should be considered as a stealing of part of someone's life.

Back in the old West, they would hang horse and cattle thieves, because they knew that if you steal enough from a man, you ruin him. Maybe the rims aren't worth more than a thousand dollars, but if someone steals them this week, and someone else steals them again next week, it doesn't take long before you're spending all your money replacing stuff other people are stealing. You've been turned into a slave for the thieves.

That's my take on it. Throw in that if someone's brave enough to steal from me in my driveway, they'll work their way up to coming in the house next.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

""Legal" and "Right" are not always the same thing"

Not saying they are. Honestly, there's not enough information in the linked story to make any kind of determination of right or wrong. All the story says is that he was shot "during the attempted heist." Did they shoot him in the back? Did he move toward one of them while holding a tire iron when they tried to stop him? There's a world of difference between the two.