a reply to: Mianeye
When a person opens fire on an intruder in their home, they are defending their lives and their property from someone who has already indicated that
their intentions are criminal by the act of breaking and entering, which often preceeds a violent offense statistically speaking, assuming the
occupant is at home at the time. A homeowner should be under no obligation to consider much beyond their own safety in that scenario.
When the police arrive, the shooter will be questioned, extensively and usually arrested, purely because they have taken a life and there is a
procedure to follow for that. Their statement will be taken, and if there are criminal proceedings pending as a result of it, used in evidence against
them. Assuming that their statement is a true accounting of the facts of the case, and that the prosecutor feels that there is no reason to suppose
any different given the evidence they may not be formally charged, or if there is, it will go to court. When the case reaches court, the whole process
becomes a matter of judge and jury, with the pitfalls so associated.
However, when a police officer shoots someone, they do it from a position of being trained in both armed and unarmed methods of neutralising threats,
being paid to discharge their duty toward the public, and toward the law in a rigorous and dutiful manner. Shooting unarmed people having all that
training at their back, is an entirely different propositon in terms of meaning, than a largely untrained individual whose only option for response
may be a pistol shot or a shotgun blast. An 80 year old woman shooting invaders in her home, is, and SHOULD be judged far differently than someone who
has trained to deal with violence as a part of their job, and has been doing so for the length of their career, not to mention is fit and healthy
enough to be able to do that job.
Put simply, a two hundred pound twenty five to forty year old male or female, with training and expertise, not to mention a belt full of options,
should be able to account for themselves with more thought and compassion, than a woman who can barely walk a mile without hobbling, or lift her
shopping without getting a sore arm, and has a pistol or a walking stick as her main options for response.
If more explanation is required than that, then there is nothing more that can be done to show you why the two situations are very often entirely
different, in the same way as apples and oranges are.