Defensive Gun Use

Quick, describe the  appearance of someone breaking into a house to rob it and then tell me how the appearance differs from someone breaking into your house to kill everyone in it.

Could you do it now? Could you do it in the few moments for someone to break a window and climb in?
Most people can’t so they rightfully treat those with no permission to be in their house as the worst case scenario.

Such a scene play out in Dallas yesterday

A homeowner fatally shot a man as he climbed through a window and into his home Monday afternoon, Dallas police say.
The shooting took place at a home on the 2200 block of Morrell Avenue at about 4:15 p.m.
Police said the homeowner heard a noise inside his residence and shot a man, later identified as 33-year-old Deyfon Pipkins, aka BJ, as he climbed through the window.

“The homeowner heard a noise. He came around the corner, saw the individual trying to climb into the window and according to the law, the castle doctrine, he used deadly force,” said Sgt. Calvin Johnson, with the Dallas Police Department.

Note to criminals and the antis; read what the police department said — ‘according to the law’ – the homeowner didn’t “take the law into his own hands”. He followed the letter and apparently the spirit of the law as it was written by our elected representatives.
Of course the law also provides for a review of the victims actions and the Grand Jury will decide if he will face any charges. Given what the mother had to say, I would be very surprised if any are brought.

Pipkins mother, Catherine, said she had been called to the scene by her daughter-in-law and said the crime sounded like something her son would do.
“Yeah, it’s something he would do … Somebody called me and said my son got shot that’s the reason I’m standing here,” said Catherine Pipkins. “….

Pipkins had a lengthy criminal history in Dallas that included numerous charges for theft, trespassing and possession of a controlled substance.

Very unusual; normally the deceased is a boy scout, choir boy teaching orphans to read after he volunteers are a homeless charity. My sympathy does go out to the family; regardless of his criminal past they have lost a loved one.

The homeowner faced a terrible choice but it was one brought on by the actions of the deceased. The world, contrary to the protestations of the antis, is not a safe place. We had escaped convicted felons running loose in the area.  We have former law enforcement officers killing people. We random crime happening in supposedly safe places “but it is a skating rink, people should ‘feel’ safe there”.  We have wild animals squaring off over territory in suburban neighborhoods.

The world is simply not a safe place. It is safer then many places and safer then many times in history but that isn’t the same thing as safe. So what is making it safer then before?
Some will argue that it is the law but we’ve had laws for thousands of years so I doubt it. There is a possibility that the longer life and better living conditions means less people are scrambling for limited resources. Prosperity can reduce crime but that doesn’t fully explain it.  Could it be that effective self defense is affordable and practical for the average citizen more then ever before?

The home owner in this report probably didn’t spend dozens of years learning to use a weapon like sword play requires or most martial arts. The home owner probably didn’t spend months or years worth of salary buying a firearm like swords or crossbows or even firearms cost in the past.
Affordable weapons, easy to use and abundant ammunition (well there used to be at least) combined with laws protecting the right of the people to defend themselves and their property is a reasonable explanation of the lower crime/violence rates.

The anti-rights cultists want to change that. They want to make firearms less available, they want to make ammunition more costly, they want to force the home owners or victims to run away before defending themselves. This is cultural divide that goes beyond the best way to implement a policy. This is one group of people wanting to deprive another group of their rights. Regardless of their public veneer, read what laws they are pushing. Look at the Washington law where they put in a provision that allows for warrant-less yearly inspections of homes simply for owning a firearm. It didn’t get in there by accident; someone thought it was a good idea at one point. Joe Biden knows the laws they pushing won’t stop another mass shooting; but he is pushing it anyways under the guise of doing something . What they are doing is stripping away our rights.

I know I”m preaching to the choir here but maybe someone will read it and change their mind. Maybe someone will decide to call a legislator where they might not have otherwise. If nothing else, I am another voice in the debate telling the antis that enough is enough. Maybe if enough of us say it they will finally get it. If nothing else, they will not be able to say it was because no one spoke up.

Antis -Hear it now, read it hear and elsewhere — the time for your version of compromise is over. We will insist on our rights. We will have them one way or another.


One Response to this post.

  1. Posted by RabidAlien on 19.02.13 at 05:00

    Amen. Judge should look over the case, laugh a few times, toss it out, and buy the guy a drink. Or two. Yeah, sucks for BJ’s family, but he made his choices and ran up against the brick wall known as “consequences”.