Monday, January 12, 2009

One law that's working quite well

2009 has barely begun, yet Alamo City, Texas, a suburb of San Antonio, has already recorded three shootings that have been ruled justifiable. One was by police; two were by homeowners defending themselves against invaders. The latest incident resulted in two juvenile gangbangers who will no longer be committing any crimes, as they are now deceased.

The article goes on to report that justified shootings in San Antonio increased from 7 in 2007 to 17 in 2008, in part because Texas now has a "castle doctrine" law, which allows citizens to use deadly force to protect themselves from attackers in their own homes.

Why the rapid increase? It seems the word is getting out about one's rights in that state:

"George R. Franks Jr., a criminal justice professor at Stephen F. Austin University, said publicity of high-profile justified shootings has inspired others to take up arms.

'As people see these things happening to folks they identify with, they decide it’s time for them to arm themselves,' he said."

Good for them. Maybe the word will get out amongst the criminal element down there that residents are willing and able to fight back, and the robbery and breaking and entering rates will plummet accordingly.

Of course, the Brady Campaign and most big-city governments are vehemently against the very idea of a castle doctrine law. Maybe the likes of Mayors Daley, Bloomberg and others should visit this town and speak with real people who have successfully fought off real bad guys, in order to see the advantages of having such legislation.

1 comment:

Bike Bubba said...

Would they see the advantage? All of them do have armed guards 24/7, after all, and an armed peasantry only leads to less need for police and a smaller campaign contribution from the police, bailiffs', and prison guard unions. No?