Daily Archives: February 19, 2014

Georgia learns from Florida…

Gee, I feel safer all ready.

Georgia’s House of Representatives voted Tuesday to let licensed gun owners carry their weapons in more places, sending the bill to the Senate where changes are likely.

Licensed gun owners would be allowed to carry guns into churches, bars and nonsecure government buildings under legislation approved in the state House on Tuesday. House Bill 875, sponsored by Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, passed 119-56, largely along party lines. It now goes to the Senate.

I’ve always said that guns and alcohol are the chocolate and peanut butter of violent death.

Notice that back in the carefree 1980s, you could bump into a stranger on the street and dip your chocolate into her peanut butter without being shot.

I’m not religious, but a recent documentary makes a compelling case for the spiritual value of arming yourself before attending church.

Also, if it ever snows more than half an inch again, Georgia residents can — if they feel reasonably in fear of their lives — kill the snow in self defense.

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The Wild West…

Well, it’s Tuesday, so it must be another self-defense shooting in America

An Arizona man who shot and killed an unarmed man during a fight in a Walmart store has not been charged after arguing that the shooting was in self-defense, according to police.
Kyle Wayne Quadlin, 25, told Chandler police that he shot Charles Belinte Chee, 36, after their argument at the service counter Sunday turned into a fight he didn’t think he could win.

Unless you’re facing Ivan Drago in the ring after a night of carousing with James Brown, how likely is a “fight you can’t win” going to result in death?

Does a potential bloody nose justify fatally shooting someone?

This also presupposes the deceased started the fight. Apparently, it doesn’t matter who started the fight, just that the shooter felt that he was in fear for his life. In that case, if someone initiates a physical confrontation, what is the average person supposed to do to not wind up dead and have his or her killer walk free? I have the right to defend myself but even if I choose to retreat, what if I don’t have the option? The only reason I’d get into a fight is to defend myself and even then I’m just trying to stop someone from continuing the fight. How can I do that but also persuade him that just because he’s losing, I don’t mean to kill him?

The shooter might claim his life was in danger and he had to kill me, but I tend to question the rationality of people who start fights in public places, who yell at kids about their music choices in a parking lot, or confront someone who is texting in a theater. They’ve already demonstrated that peaceful resolutions to situations are beyond them.

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