OK, this has been bothering me for several days now, so I came to ATS for advice and explanation.
My brother and his wife recently moved from Texas to Missouri due to a job transfer. When they got there, they had dinner with my uncle and his wife,
who also used to live in Texas, but moved to Missouri due to a job transfer as well.
During dinner, they got the usual advice about new places you get when moving somewhere new -- "Don't go to this part of town after dark," "This
is a great place to go on the weekends," etc. But they also gave them another warning -- if someone breaks into your house in Missouri,
can go to jail for shooting the burglar after they've broken into your house -- especially if the burglar dies.
The burglar broke into your house, with the intent of vandalizing your property, stealing from you, physically hurting you, or all three. You should
have every right to defend yourself, your family, and your home from an intruder. In Texas, this right isn't even an issue... but apparently it is in
Missouri. (And some other states too -- I've read about simliar laws in California and Massachusetts, for example.)
Why does Missouri law say that my brother can go to jail for defending himself, his family, and his home from criminals? It's the criminal's fault
if he or she gets shot and dies -- they shouldn't have been breaking into anyone's home, threating the family within. What is the logic behind
If you have to depend on the police to protect you -- most of whom are good people who protect & serve, but can't be everywhere all the time -- then
you're a sitting duck, a victim waiting to be randomly chosen by a criminal who's feeling lucky.
[edit on 11/5/2004 by ThunderCloud]