MArooned: Don't Mess with Texans, Either...
Jay said, "There's not a lot of sympathy for the poor unfortunate who got the dirt nap." I guess that says it all.
From the original story in the Houston Chronicle's web site:
The two men who live in the ground-floor apartment told officers they were preparing to watch a movie when they heard a loud noise. Their front door was suddenly kicked open and two men burst into the apartment, one of them holding a revolver, police were told.
Both residents grabbed shotguns and one of them fired, killing one of the intruders while the other ran away.
Police said the residents did not know the attackers. It was not immediately clear why the men targeted that apartment.
Now I really have no problem with this story, but I did wonder about two guys preparing to watch a movie who can so quickly BOTH grab shotguns. Is that normal in Texas? It reminds me of other discussions in which I questioned what's the use of having a gun at home for protection if it's locked in a gun safe? It's a bit of a trap, I realize, because if you don't have your guns safely secured, somebody like me is liable to accuse you of feeding the "flow" the next time your house gets broken into. The "flow" is that mystical, unprovable theory of mine which says legitimate guns keep moving into the criminal world despite our best efforts at preventing it. But, what do you think, these two guys both had loaded shotguns leaning on the sofa within arm's reach? At the risk of "blaming the victim," I wonder what kind of business they were in. I know it doesn't change anything.
Another question I have is about the nearly unanimous approval. Isn't the instant death penalty a little heavy for breaking in, even if you do so armed with a pistol? I know it may be difficult to ascertain the criminal's intent and that blowing his head off might be the only option, and I see that he asked for it and has no one to blame but himself, but it still seems a bit severe to me. What do you think? Is that Texas Justice?
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