When Criminals Decide To Bet Their Lives And Lose, They Do Not Become The Victim
There are many stories in my area of criminals being killed every year and every year I hear people turning these criminals into victims. The fact is that these criminals made a choice and decided on their own that they were willing to risk their lives for the expected outcome of committing their crime. They decided what value they were willing to put on their lives. They gamble and in many cases they lose.
Florida has Self Defense and Stand Your Ground Laws. When Travon Martin decided to commit felony assault and put his hands on George Zimmerman, he CHOSE at that very moment be it consciously or not, that he was willing to die to be a tough guy. This was the value TM decided his life was worth risking. He isn't so tough now is he. That twitter or facebook post about being tough never happened.
In the Houston area, we have had many of these stories. We have Castle Laws (you can protest your or your neighbors homes, vehicles) and Self Defense Laws.
JA man named Joe Horn shot a couple guys robbing his neighbors house. Those criminals made a choice and decided to value their lives at the price of a used flat screen TV. They gambled and lost.
One criminal in Houston was shot and killed when he decided to rob a taco truck of it's tip jar. He Chose to risk his life and valued it at around $26. He chose to die for $26
I have a friend who was moving and the home he was moving from kept getting broken into. He was there one evening when some teenagers broke in again. He ended up shooting 3 of the four killing 2 and seriously injuring 1. He was not charged but the families decided to sue him for the deaths and injuries. Not only did these parents lose their case, my friend counter sued them and won. The parents were ordered to pay my friends legal fees, reimburse him for the cost of the ammunition he had to use and carpet cleaning to get their children's blood out. Those teens decided they were willing to die for the contents of a sealed box marked “Living Room”
My point is this. In states where there are laws giving it's citizens the right to protect themselves or their property, when a CRIMINAL chooses to risk their lives, they are placing a value on their life and when someone like GZ or my friend obliges them and takes their life, the criminal is not the victim, the victim is still the person who is being assaulted or stolen from even if they exercise their rights and take that criminals life.