Saturday, October 01, 2005

Illogic of the Law

"State Sen. Durell Peaden, R-Crestview, who sponsored the bill, was inspired by James Workman, who killed an intruder in his southwest Escambia County home in the early hours of Nov. 3, 2004.
"The State Attorney's Office investigated and filed no charges, which critics of the new law cite as evidence that self-defense provisions already were sufficient. Peaden said Workman should have been spared the investigation."

Pensacola News Journal, Oct. 1 2005 [emphasis added]
Let's see, now.

Problem: A man (1) inside his home, (2) with nowhere to safely retreat, (3) shoots an intruder who is committing a crime, (4) and goes free immediately (5) because the long-standing common and statutory law of self-defense protects him.

Solution: This inspires state legislator Durrell Peaden (R-Crestview) to sponsor a new law that (1) applies to anyone outside his home in a public place, (2) who can safely retreat, (3) permitting him to shoot anyone he suspects might be threatening him, (4) regardless of whether a crime is being committed, (5) so the shooter can be spared any investigation???

If this seems logical to you, you should not be allowed to handle sharp objects, much less a gun.

You also shouldn't be allowed to write laws.

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