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this is an example of how firearms usually cause more problems than they solve.
Originally posted by xFloggingMaryx
As a few other people have said before me: Why didn't this father just subdue the little prick that his daughter was dumb enough to date in the first place?
Whipping out a gun would have been a last resort... and only if the attacker was using deadly force as well. The kid was just some stupid punk whose adrenaline took over, and the father didn't help the situation by throwing a gun into the mix.
Another thing that really stands out to me: Why didn't the family call the police? I mean, there was already physical contact... the kid punched his daughter. If the father was truly concerned with justice he would have called the police and the kid would have been arrested. It's a little suspicious that the father didn't call the police and that the kid did. Maybe there is more to the story.
Obviously the father doesn't deserve to spend 20 years in jail... I don't even think he deserves to spend a month in jail. Maybe just some gun safety courses and community service. If the story is true: it's the kid who should be punished with jail time.
But of course, nothing works like it should, especially the US justice system.
Originally posted by 0001391
Most of the mandatory minimum laws are sold to the public through initiatives that get voted on. I know that's the case in my state, where the insufferable moron voters repeatedly vote on things they don't read and then don't understand why things are happening. People need to read the laws they are voting on. These days if the ads for a measure say something like that it's to punish those horrible meth users and dealers, it's probably something about giving police the ability to steal from you with no cause or some other such thing. Everyone's eager to lock people up forever because Americans are so busy blaming each other for whatever hardships they are enduring, rather than looking at the real criminals and culprits behind it all. It's always easier to blame someone you see as lesser than you than face the reality that very powerful people outside of your personal control, people that may seem untouchable, are responsible.
The more people have asked the government to solve their problems, the more freedom they have had taken away. The inalienable right to defend yourself and your family and your property has been stripped so that people are afraid to so much as use force to stop a home invasion for fear they themselves will be placed in jail, which obviously happens quite often. Nobody "in power" wants you to be able to defend yourself because not only would you not need them so much, you could also defend yourself against them as well. It's a scary thought for everyone whose business it is to interfere with your business.
Originally posted by Basilis
Also, this is America we're talking about, the man was probably fat and out of shape to begin with.
Originally posted by FunSized
As many have already said, this dad's sentence is rediculous, especially since he chose to fire a warning shot instead of simply killing this kid as a lot of people would have done. As to calling the police, the kid had pulled his crap multiple times and I doubt he'd have stopped just because the cops were involved, I'm sure the dad and gf thought so too.
What the father should have done is immediately spackle and paint over the bullet hole in his house and been like 'what shooting? what hole? I have no idea what this crazy punk is talking about'. It would most likly just be an adults word against some kid's.
Normally I don't advocate lieing in general or to the police in particular. But in a situation like this, with a system that is as screwed up as it is, its not in your best interest to tell your side, at least not without a good lawyer present, preferably one that specializes in cases like this.
Originally posted by essanance
The father should be released from prison and the ..POS pansy ass woman beater should be tortured to death using Spanish Inquisition type methods .We need to take our country back from this madness , if you are an evil doer if you hurt the innocent ...YOU DESERVE EVERYTHING YOU GET AND MORE ......