Every time one of these SYG-ers beats a capitol murder charge, it emboldens the NRA leadership and pro-gun groups, who in turn bring that much more pressure to bear on lawmakers. It just sucks.
This will sound terribly goulish and sensationalist, but the only way to make a real impact on those who would reject common sense for public safety is to make the raw images of shooting victims available to the public — or at least force legislators to look at them. Maybe I'm deluding myself, but I have to think that the sight of children torn to shreds by bullets would force these deniers to confront the reality of violence and its consequences, and change their collective POV.
I know that the dignity of victims and the privacy of their families is so very important, but sometime you have to fight radical ideas with radical measures — distasteful as they may be.
They/we should amend repeal the SYG law. I see no gray areas with this concept. One should have to prove that deadly force as a self-defense measure was the ONLY option available — as is the case in non-SYG states. This Charles Bronson/Death Wish mentality has got to stop!
Loc: Alexandria, VA
While I agree the SYG laws are terrible, didn't the article state that SYG wasn't used as the defense in this case? It was simply "my client thought he was defending himself," which can be used as a defense in any state, SYG law or no …
At any rate, wether or not they should have tried for Murder 2 will be a moot point if this guy gets max sentences on the attempted murder 2 convictions -- as you say, it'll effectively be the rest of his life in prison ...
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