I appreciate your passion Jolie (although I could've done without the insults
). The fact that the man was a career criminal is a major factor as to why he's dead now...
I fully believe in the right to bear arms and protect your life, property and the life of others that are in imminent danger. No one has the right to threaten your life or property, it is a constitutional right as an American citizen to protect and defend yourself within your states laws.
I don't know if you've ever been a victim of a crime (no less robbed at gunpoint), but if you have, and made it out physically unscatched, (emotionally you'll never be the same), you damn sure will insure that that never happens again.
The gentleman who ended the assailants life, was in the legal right to possess the firearm. He only brandished his firearm when equal force and imminent danger to his life was presented to him. The assailant didn't have a knife, he had a gun and presented that gun to take with force what he wanted. Anyone that is willing to use a deadly weapon to take your property, it is safe to assume that he/she has no problem with going further and take your life with said weapon.
The assailant didn't have a change of heart, and trotted off because he decided that robbing wasn't the right thing to do...he was in the process of taking by force (ie a robbery) and fled only because he was being fired upon.
You can't cross-reference a crime of a pickpocketer who is unarmed, to a assalant with a firearm, who used the deadly weapon to comment a violent crime...Two different issues.
Life is not fair, every day people prey on each other, the assailant has done this repeatedly. Unprovoked attacks on people who didn't ask to be victimized by him. The man who used deadly force to neutralize the assailant in my opinion made a split decision to prevent injury and possibly save his life and the lives of the surrounding crowd.
Edited by Jewelsnyc - Jun 25 2013 at 8:29am