Monday, February 13, 2006

GA: Homeowner shoots back: "Deputies were called to the Timesaver on Deerfield Street after a man apparently walked in with a gunshot wound. Deputies now say that three men -- David Wiltz, Burney Cobb, Jr., and Timothy Sikes -- forced their way into a home on Zeigler Road and tried to rob the man living there at gunpoint. They had a shotgun, but the homeowner had his own gun and opened fire, hitting Wiltz. The men took off, but when they got to Highway 80, they kicked Wiltz out of the car at the Timesaver. That's where where police and ambulance crews found him."

First duty is to yourself: "The law says you must act like a coward. In your own home. Even when your life is threatened. Many states have criminal-friendly 'duty to retreat' laws. A victim in his house is mandated to retreat from an attacker until he is cornered. Only then is the prey allowed to use lethal force on the predator. Prosecutors in those states have been known to victimize the victim (such as charging him with manslaughter) who prefers to fire back rather than to back off. The National Rifle Association has been trying to end the insanity state by state. Florida came to its senses last year. It enacted a law based on the 'Castle Doctrine' -- that one's home is one's castle. A person now is not legally required to be hunted down room by room by an intruder before the victim pulls the trigger. The law allows the victim to shoot back without fear of being prosecuted for being overzealous about protecting his life. And it prohibits criminals from suing their more aggressive victims. All their victims, actually."

Good old gun-controlled California -- where even 14 year old Asians have guns: "A 14-year-old boy was arraigned Friday on charges he used a gun to shoot a pregnant woman in what Sacramento police describe as a murder-for-hire plot involving four other people. The boy, Xeng Saetern, who turned 14 two weeks before the slaying, is accused of using a .38-caliber revolver to shoot Si Choy Saeturn, 28, in the head and in the abdomen as she left work on Dec. 29. Saetern, who is being prosecuted as an adult, and Nai Loung Saechao, 25; Lo Fou Saephanh, 24; Cheng Vern Saephan, 21; and his brother, Khae Vern Saephan, 19, were each charged in Sacramento Superior Court with two counts of murder and special circumstances that carry the death penalty. Although the boy's charges carry the death penalty, he is too young to be executed if he is convicted, according to federal law. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that capital punishment for juveniles under 18 was "disproportionate punishment." The special circumstances filed in the case are for multiple murders and lying in wait. The other slain victim was identified in court as "Baby Saeturn." The woman's relatives said she was four months pregnant."

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