Friday, August 15, 2008

Shoplifting not grounds for deadly force

In the "Gunshine State" no less.

Store owner shoots at a shoplifter as he's walking out of the store. Store owner is arrested for aggravated assault and discharging a firearm in public. So much for "Castle Doctrine" allowing gunowners to gun down anyone when they're threatened.

I have mixed feelings about this, but over all I think it's a good call. The shoplifting teen in question was caught by the cops and charged with theft. That's how it's supposed to turn out. Someone walking out of a store with property is not a deadly threat, however, if the same store was owned and operated by Theodore Roosevelt than I would imagine that there would be two dead thieving teens when the police showed up, and I doubt anyone would question his actions.

Just a thought.

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