In all the reports surrounding this case, no one took the side of Christina Korbe. I do, and I think she was unjustly punished. If I were writing an editorial piece on this case, I would write something like this:
Imagine it's a cold November night, perfect for sleeping. You're curled up in your bed, safe and sound with your children sleeping softly in the next room. At 6:30 in the morning, before the sun has even peaked it's rays above the horizon, your front door is smashed in and you are wrenched from your sleep. You look for your husband in the bed next to you so he can go find out what's happening. He isn't there. Your heart is pounding. Someone is breaking into your home and you can't find your husband.
You know there is a shot gun kept in your room. It was put there in case something like this would happen, but you never truly thought it would. You grab the gun and creep to the head of the stairs.
As you peer down, you see a figure in the darkness climbing the stairs. The door to your children's bedroom is at the head of the stairs and you panic. My babies! You have to stop this intruder. You have no other choice. Your children are in danger. You fire the gun.
What do you think? Is that not more or less what some of us did say? Is that not more or less what some of us always say in cases like this? When considering life-in-prison cases, shouldn't every possibility be explored thoroughly? Of course it should.
What's your opinion? Do you think Ms. Korbe might have done what any gun owner would do? Does the fact that her husband was a drug dealer and the gun was not legally owned enter into it?
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