We all have the right to defend ourselves and loved ones during an intrusion. In certain states, that is law. The Castle Doctrine dictates that ” a person the legal right to use deadly force to defend that place (his/her “castle”), and/or any other innocent persons legally inside it, from violent attack or an intrusion which may lead to violent attack.” If homicide occurs, it is considered justifiable.
Although, currently, only 31 of the 50 states have adapted this doctrine over the “duty to retreat”. This long standing doctrine is still put to the test. In Florida, John Hawthorne is on trial for second degree murder. He stabbed Joel Boner that was trespassing on his family’s property. Many think that this was not justifiable and that Hawthorne went out onto the property with intent to cause bodily harm.
It is of my opinion that the Castle Doctrine should be passed in all 50 states but some people may take advantage of this as a “right to kill.” My home was intruded upon nearly three years ago when I was not at home. My fiancee had to retreat because I was not home and we live in a state where the Castle Doctrine is not in effect. In the past three years, we have thought back on whether a shot should have been fired or not.
There was a case recently in my city where a man shot an intruder and was acquitted because he was protecting his wife and child. He has been treated different ever since the incident occurred. His life has completely changed because of how differently people treat him after he shot someone intruding upon his home and family. Although it varies case by case, why do people feel like U.S. citizens should retreat from their home? Don’t we feel compelled to protect ourselves and those we love? What would those judge mental people do if situations were reversed?
On TruTV, this topic was argued among politicians, new anchors, experts, and people who has been involved first hand with the Castle Doctrine. Most people are for the Castle Doctrine because it cuts down on crime in our cities. Some argue that law-breakers do not know the law but in many cases they know more about law than a law abiding citizen. The people that were on trial previously because they aboded by the Castle Doctrine lead pretty normal lives. They usually only regret that they had to go through such an ordeal for protecting themselves and loved ones.
Will we ever live in a society where there is peace and understanding? Will crime always poke it ugly head in and intrude upon our lives? I guess Utopia is a fantasy.