Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Why I carry a handgun for protection, Vol. 43

So that if we're innocently minding our own business while jogging down the street we are attacked by a feral youth we will be able to successfully defend ourselves, just like Tampa, Florida resident Thomas Baker did last November.

Baker's shooting of Carlos Mustelier, 18, has been ruled justified by local prosecutors:

"Prosecutors say Florida's "stand-your-ground" law was a factor in their decision. The law, passed in 2005, gives people the right to use deadly force as long as they "reasonably believe" it is necessary to stop another person from hurting them.

Baker told police he reached for his gun when the teen punched him in the face. Baker has a concealed weapons permit."

We would certainly agree with the concept that being randomly slugged in the kisser constitutes a reasonable belief that one is going to experience death or great bodily harm.  This is the proper call by the DA's office.

This is just one more example of the saving of lives and/or prevention of violent crime that happens on a daily basis by the successful use or display of firearms, even though the Fantasyland inhabitants of the Brady Campaign and the Violence Policy Center keep insisting these sorts of incidents never ever happen.  

They mustn't get out much.


Ken Hood said...

Do we have (I doubt it) a stand your ground law in MN? We are looking bad for Castle Doctrine given the new gov. BTW... Iowa now honors all other state permits- good since I live 3 miles from bordewr and was getting tired of pulling over at the line and casing it. :)

Bike Bubba said...

Ken, no, we don't have stand your ground here in MN. Hoping for it.

And....sniff....sorry about the waterworks, but I always get weepy when I hear a story with a happy ending!