Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Return to the Wild West in Texas w/ Castle Law

People are wondering, does the Castle Law, which protects property owners from civil liability for shooting people who break in, encourage folks to "shoot first and ask questions later"?

What I want to know is, does it make burglars and rapists think twice?

Let's talk about burglary as a profession. It's worked for some people (Celina Kyle - Catwoman, particularly). But, as with various jobs, such as transporting nuclear waste and working in correctional facilities, there are on the job risks.

In the case of burglary, one of those is getting shot.

Now, if a person NOT ONLY knows that by breaking in to someone's home or business that s/he might be shot/maimed/killed, but knows that there's a pretty damn good chance that bullets will fly, and that person still breaks in, does that person bear any responsibility for his/her injury?

Abso-f'ing-lutely yes.

I do think violence should be avoided if possible; I'm not into chasing after burglars to "get them back," but if a person is confronted by an intruder, or if a person sees that someone else is likely to be hurt by an intruder, why let it happen if the police aren't there yet?

Guns are scary. Even so, I love Texas even more today. ^__^

Side note: I've met Senator Jeff Wentworth, who authored the Texas Castle Law. I know people who know him. Nice guy. Just an interesting side note, that's all.



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