Let’s suppose for just a moment that you were in your house, having a few friends over, playing music, etc. You were minding your own business, though you may have been playing the music a little bit too loud, okay?
And a neighbor (who has a concealed-carry permit) knocks on your door, brandishing a video camera and a handgun, and orders you to turn the music down.
The question here is, in those circumstances, under the Castle Doctrine, or “Stand Your Ground,” would you be justified in shooting him?
This is not what happened in the case of Paul Rodriguez, however. Rodriguez was the neighbor who knocked on the door, armed with the gun, while telling a police dispatcher the he was not going to take that loud music any more.
And after the door was answered, and after the folks inside told him to go pound sand or cursed him or whatever, he fired his gun and killed one of his neighbor’s friends. His defense? “Stand Your Ground,” of course.
More on this story is here from The Associated Press.
Is this what this silly gun crap has come to, seriously? Has this nation gotten so bent on guns that we have decided that it’s okay to kill your neighbor over music that’s too loud, because the neighbor has the arrogance to NOT recoil when you knock on the door and point a pistol in his face?
“Ah,” but the gunners here will say. “You should not be writing about this, because ALL THE FACTS ARE NOT KNOWN!!!” To that one, I say, BS.
Here is the question I would ask them, and it’s a serious one: Do you believe that neighbor-victim in this case had the right to defend himself from Rodriguez sticking a gun in his face when he answered the door?
If the answer to that one is “Yes,” then how can you defend the actions of concealed-carry-permit-holder Rodriguez?
And if the answer is “No,” I would love to hear your defense of Rodriguez.
Just don’t bother with, “NOT ENOUGH FACTS ARE KNOWN!”