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  •  this was a terrible tragedy. (1+ / 0-)
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    I question the appropriateness of guns in a house of someone who is so fearful of having their stuff ripped off, as this does not sound like someone in fear of their life.

    As a gun owner, I would never use deadly force to protect property, only that of my family.

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    by wretchedhive on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 08:12:36 PM PDT

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    •  so many feel justified by whatever the law is (3+ / 0-)
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      bevenro, LilithGardener, Quicklund

      if the law says you are allowed to shoot if someone
      invades your property and won't stop (some states have this), people think they can shoot.

      Or honestly he could have feared for his life. I'm a woman and if I saw a man coming in my window and he wouldn't stop I'd fear for my life or that I'd be raped.

      IT doesn't occur to you that someone could be coming in your window by accident. It probably was pretty dark and he couldn't see it was a kid.

      but I don't have a gun, by choice

      so sad.

    •  Went to bed with unlocked windows, maybe (1+ / 0-)
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      they were even open.

      Is awakened in the middle of the night. I don't buy the whole blame on a drunk teen. People don't go from sleep to total wakefulness with clear judgment in one instant either.

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 09:05:33 PM PDT

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    •  If it was the middle of the night... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...and someone you didn't know was in your house, walking up the stairs to the place where your family sleeps, I doubt you'd think you were just defending property.

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      by JamesGG on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 07:24:36 AM PDT

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