Good shooting beats good knifing any day!
So one of the big stories today is about the 23 year old man in Oklahoma who, after hearing a series of loud bangs shortly after noon, got up and found three black-clad, mask-wearing intruders, one armed with a knife, another with brass knuckles, in his home. In an amazing coincidence, he did not ask them to sit down and sing Kum ba Yah with him. He did not inquire as to what factors in their life may have led them down the path to perdition. He was not interested in their welfare at all. Hmmm, must have been a Trump-voting conservative.
Prior to making this discovery our young man had armed himself with the best personal defense weapon ever made available to the public, the AR-15 in 5.56 Nato. There were three of them. There was one of him. He exchanged words with them, allowing them to either surrender peacefully, or face the consequences. They refused. He shot all three. All three died. Today, on Twitter, he is called a coward for confronting them for “mere trespass.” Yes, people are indeed that stupid!
You have to wonder what goes through the heads of people who have the liberal sickness. Trespass is walking across someone’s lawn. “Breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony therein” describes what these fools did, and they were charged (posthumously more or less) with first degree burlargy. I say they were charged, but of course, being dead, they can’t be. Their 300 pound getaway driver who surrendered after the killing was charged with that and with first degree (felony) murder. Three counts of murder, three counts of burglary.
Now, Section 1289.25 of the Oklahoma Code says:
The Legislature hereby recognizes that the citizens of the State of Oklahoma have a right to expect absolute safety within their own homes or places of business.
A person or an owner, manager or employee of a business is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if:
The person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or had unlawfully and forcibly entered, a dwelling, residence, occupied vehicle, or a place of business, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against the will of that person from the dwelling, residence, occupied vehicle, or place of business; and
The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred.
In other words, if you are dumb enough to break into someone’s house in Oklahoma, then you are presumed to have created a reasonable need for the use of deadly force, no questions asked. Based on this presumption, it would appear that the homeowner who fired the shots will not be charged with any crime. All three of the turds were shot inside the house, and two died there. One died only after running outside. Liberals will praise him for trying to save the homeowner cleanup. Or they’ll try in some other way to make him a martyr to the cause of gun violence. I just think he’s a Darwin Award Winner.
Now, for the fellow on Twitter who thought our marksman here was a “coward” I would point out the guy with a knife, in an enclosed space, actually has an advantage if he is within 21 feet. A knife is a deadly weapon. He entered with a knife and so we can assume he wasn’t there to sell girl scout cookies. His partner in crime had brass knuckles. Ah, all the better to beat the crap out of some aging homeowner. Not exactly the kind of thing your Mormon Elders carry with them when they knock on your door. These thugs were not bible salesman. There were three of them. They had the means to do violence. They clearly had the intent to do violence (otherwise why have the implements of violence). They simply didn’t get the chance to do violence because the homeowner was prepared for the worst case scenario. The third guy, hell, maybe he was just there to carry stuff to the waiting car, but he could have surrendered and lived. He chose differently. He died. I’m not going to cry about it. No one should.
Now, the hoodlums at issue here were supposedly in the 16, 17, 18 age range and their getaway driver, a 300 pound beauty queen (I mean, really, look at her picture…) was 21. There will be some who say that if there had not been a gun in the house that these three teenagers would have lived. Perhaps, but then it’s likely that one of the people who were home would have died from either a beating at the hands of the brass knuckles or a stab wound from the knife. In the liberal’s world, this is an appropriate ending. Liberals think its better that some useless conservative, a person so mean he owns “the weapon used in Newtown,” dies than the criminals here. One will be described as “some misbegotten thief” and the co-conspirators will be described as “prank-playing assistants.” They weren’t there to “do violence,” they were only there because they wanted to get enough money to buy grandma her own meth pipe (and a few rocks of crystal meth for their trouble). Yes, it’s a drug problem that should be treated with compassion, not with bullets and blood. You can hear the gals on the View now winding up the sob stories. The relatives will be on any day now: “they were such good boys…” (except of course, when they were robbing people).
I am sure someone (likely the egg and sperm donors of the boys killed) will demand that the shooter be charged. I have a different view. I believe that whoever allowed these three useless slugs to be out of school and free to burglarize during a school day should be locked up and made an example of. If you’re stupid enough or disconnected enough not to know that your children are felons, you are probably not working on your parent-of-the-year award. And honest-to-God, if you’re kid is dating a woman who looks like Elizabeth Rodriguez in the picture referenced above, buy the poor schmuck some glasses! Have a heart! And I would note that 70 years from now when Elizabeth totters out of the Oklahoma State Pen, she’ll definitely be skinnier.
The more often this kind of thing happens (thugs getting killed by homeowners), the more often criminals recognize that it is far better to burglarize empty businesses at night than homes where people with firearms may be found during the day or night. This makes it (a) easier to catch criminals because businesses tend to be alarmed; and (b) increases the safety of people in their homes because thugs are less likely to want to try to break in and get shot.
Oklahoma has a legislature that understands that your home is your castle, and that you have a right to defend yourself in your castle with deadly force. That makes Oklahoma a good state to own a home, and an even better state to own a gun.