Sunday, July 22, 2012

Bad Stand Your Ground Shooting 1

As in the Trayvon Martin shooting, and as in any number of other 'shoot first' incidents, there is a strong vigilante, the-hell-with-the-police-I'm-going-to-hunt-him-down mentality that relies on the same fundamental assumptions as the castle docrinte and the shoot first laws.
In this case, as with George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting, the vigilante gun nut followed someone, instead of actually standing his ground or defending his domicile (or in the case of some of these gun nuts, we perhaps should call it dumb-o-cile).

I want to focus here, between the bad shoot first incidents, and the mistaken intruder shootings, on all the gun culture failures of these laws being implemented by non-law enforcement, or in one case, an off-duty law enforcement acting personally rather than professionally.
Another Washington state incident:

Arlington man who fatally shot burglar gets 12 years for murder

1 comment:

  1. ""If he intended to commit a felony, he wouldn't have called 911," when he encountered Rzechula, McKeeman said."

    That sounds like a generous interpretation on the judge's part. If he had stayed in his home, called 911 and then shot the intruder while he was involved in stealing his shit--it would still be morally wrong, but it might not be legally wrong.

    Whether he called the cops or not, confronting and shooting a man who he didn't KNOW was not manslaughter if manslaughter is concerned with negiligence. He hunted and killed a man without being certain that the man was guilty of any crime, never mind a fucking property crime for which the death penalty has not been a legal consequence for some number of decades in the U.S.