reply to post by benrl
I do not discount the tragedy of this situation. I have four children; I cannot imagine this man's loss. I also have a deep respect for RESPECTFUL
law enforcement, having many as friends. I also believe that a good third of cops are not smart enough, or have the wrong attitude, to carry a
My point is that the criminal justice system is full of commando want-to-be's who believe that they are above the law. They believe that by wearing
a badge, they have the right to abuse the freedoms of lesser citizens. I believe that this is something that many departments train their officers to
do, or are failing to recognize and control.
Last December I confronted an intruder in my home with a gun. They ended up running out my door and stealing my vehicle to get away. I had ample
opportunity to shoot them; but, I used common sense and compassion to guide my actions. All I could see was a dark figure; my first thought was that
the intruder was one of my children sneaking in from a party or something. Even when I realized what was happening, I chose not to shoot a person who
was running away--even though it was in my car. Breaking and entering, robbery, and theft are terrible crimes; but, they do not warrant death.
A person hired to protect and serve citizens should have the common sense to use a gun properly and judiciously.