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  •  I have a cousin who came home one day and heard (2+ / 0-)
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    noise in her back yard.  This was in the middle of the afternoon and broad daylight.

     She walked into her fenced yard and some man was attempting to steal copper near her a/c unit.  As she had walked around the corner of her home before seeing him...she came within 5 feet of him before she realized what was going on.  She stood there for a few seconds and then turned to run.....he caught her and beat my cousin with fists and a tool he had....presumably so she could run in the house and call the police.   He then ran off and has never been caught.  She suffered a broke arm and nose and fractured ribs and that is not even including the fear she will live with the rest of her life.  He will suffer the knowledge that he wasn't able to get that copper like he wanted.  All "little burgeries" can turn into a murder, rape or assault if the home owner happens to surprise them in the act.  Sometimes it is just a noise that a home owner will go inspect.  My cousin was totally unaware of what she was walking into.

      If a criminal takes it upon themselves to enter someone else's property and take what isn't theirs, then they CHOSE to put their life in danger.  They are well aware that a home owner might catch them or the police or a home owner's dog might attack them or whatever.  They chose the danger and could have avoided it by not committing a crime in the first place.  I feel no sympathy for them.

     I wish she had had a gun that day.

    •  So your point is... (0+ / 0-)

      because your cousin was mugged when she surprised a thief, all burglars should be shot on sight? I'm not opposed to shooting in self defense. That isn't what happened in Maple Valley.

      "It is easier to fool people, than to convince them they've been fooled" - Mark Twain

      by Sarge in Seattle on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 10:47:01 AM PDT

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      •  I say I feel zero sympathy for them and if they (1+ / 0-)
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        decide to commit a home invasion, then they assume all risks for that criminal decision.

        I don't think drunk drivers should get the death penalty, but if a drunk driver is killed in a car accident because they chose to drink and drive...their fault.

        I don't think all preachers who worship with rattlesnakes should get the death penalty, but if they get bit and die...their fault.

        I don't think all circus performers who abuse elephants and lions should get the death penalty, but if one of those beaten animals has enough and gets pissed and decides to maul them to death...their fault.

        Same with a robber....no, I don't think all robbers should get the death penalty but if one decides to rob the wrong person, one who is protected by carrying or has a gun in the home, then that robber made a choice and if the person shoots the robber.....guess what?  It's the robber's fault....zero sympathy.

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