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by Bitter Clinger
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: General Texas CHL Discussion
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 44
Views: 3329

Re: What would you do?

ScottDLS wrote:On a more serious note (from my last post). It seems Texas law allows for deadly force in protection of property, or against criminal mischief at night. I wonder if this is because deadly force doesn't HAVE to kill someone, only have the potential/possibility to.

Maybe it dates back to the cattle rustling or horse thief days. If you're in the middle of the wilderness and someone steals your horse, you may very well be dead. In that case there seems some moral as well as legal justification for shooting someone, in defense of property. As far as a TV...maybe legally justified. Morally...between you and your creator.

One situation where I might be willing to take a life is for strong arm robbery. If someone demands my wallet, clearly outsizes me, and threatens violence if they don't get it, I might shoot them. Even if I can replace the contents easily. Another situation, rape. I wouldn't hesitate to take a life even if my wasn't in danger. And I HAVE taken the LTC course multiple times... :rules:
Scott, it is biblical in its derivation. See Exodus 22 here in English for your convenience:
If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed; but if it happens after sunrise, the defender is guilty of bloodshed
by Bitter Clinger
Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: General Texas CHL Discussion
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 44
Views: 3329

Re: What would you do?

If I can confirm that house is secure, follow at a safe distance keeping 911 on the line if possible.

Had this exact situation happen years ago, followed the (petty) thief at a safe distance and saw him go right into his own home down the block and around the corner. Turned out that he was a troubled youth, a known problem for his parents and the neighborhood and after I spoke with his parents, they finally went the next step and obtained more professional assistance in dealing with this kid. No problems after that, although I never did get my beer back... :roll:

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