Last week’s shooting of a thief/innocent scrap recycler (take your pick) in the McKenna area produced one of the most heated online arguments I’ve seen in a while.
The police think the 69-year-old who killed the 20-year-old committed a crime. But he has a slew of defenders out there who – knowing no more than the police know – have decided he’s a hero.
The shooter may have a great self-defense case, for all I know. It’s his admirers who worry me. Most of them have some very relaxed notions about when a “law-abiding” gun-toter can shoot a suspected thief.
Follow the comments and you’ll learn that:
• The 20-year-old was taking pipe from a ditch across the road, and the pipe might have belonged to the shooter, so the kid deserved to get shot.
• The kid and a buddy were doing it after dark, so he deserved to get shot.
• There’s crime in the area, and deputies are slow to respond, so the kid deserved to get shot.
• He tried to get away in his pickup, so he deserved to get shot.
• He resisted a citizens’ arrest, so he deserved to get shot.
• He might have been a criminal, so he deserved to get shot.
• My favorite: The pipes were in a county ditch, and county ditches belong to the public, so he deserved to get shot on behalf of you and me.
There’s no way I could have made this stuff up.
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