Jeriah wrote:Dying for, no.J.C. wrote:$600 isn't worth killing or dying for.
Killing...well, that's a personal, ethical issue. For me, and this is just me personally here, if you steal from me, like rob me at gunpoint, whether you get twenty bucks or six hundred, your life isn't on my list of priorities. Lately I've been feeling less and less sympathetic towards criminals. Like, "wah, wah, I went to a bad school, daddy beat me," whatever. Frankly, I don't give a shit. Once you decide to take what someone else has, especially by force or threat thereof, my social consciousness and concern for the well-being of the disadvantaged, takes a back seat to my basic principle of right vs. wrong.
I'm not advocating anyone break the law, practice vigilantism, or anything like that, nor getting into a political debate over capital punishment etc. But I think that Texas' Right of Fresh Pursuit law sounds, from what I hear, like something I would like to see made more common, like Castle Doctrine and the no-duty-to-retreat laws. The idea that if someone breaks into your house, robs you, rapes your wife, kills your kids, or even just grabs your TV, and goes running out the back door, and as soon as their vector of movement is away from you, with your property, you're not allowed to stop the fleeing felon using any force you have...sounds like total fucking bullshit to me.
What I would actually do in that situation, I have no idea. I'm not going to play internet tough guy. But on my personal ethical meter, someone who robs me is no longer worthy of my concern for their well-being. Monetary amounts notwithstanding.
For the record, Steph disagrees with me on this one. She says I'm too angry, place too much emphasis on pride and ego, etc. So, I'm aware that I may be in the wrong here. But that's how I feel.
Steal my Stuff, meh, that's why I have insurance - the deductable is less than the cost of a lawyer to defend yourself in that kind of shooting/
OTOH, "rapes your wife, kills your kids," I will track you to the ends of the earth to ensure you meet your Maker for Judgement. Such an event goes beyond the pale of the law.
I note that 'home invasion' robberies of occupied buidlings is on the rise here locally. Are others seeing a trend in their AOs?