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  • Glad I Don’t Live In Maryland

    Posted by Shannon Love on September 15th, 2009 (All posts by )

    In Texas, if you kill a burglar in your home, no matter how gruesomely, they pin a medal on you. The police very rarely take you in for questioning, and the D.A. doesn’t leave you dangling for weeks while they consider whether to press charges against you for defending yourself and your property. All you have to face for certain is an automatic grand jury review of your actions. Since the jury is a bunch of Texans, something really has to be amiss for you to get in trouble.

    I feel for the kid in this story. It really sounds like they’re going to make him sweat while they take their sweet time deciding if he should have screamed like a school girl and locked himself in a closet when confronted by a life-long criminal.

    [via Wheels within Wheels]

     

    4 Responses to “Glad I Don’t Live In Maryland”

    1. Lexington Green Says:

      No matter what happens, something good has already come of this. The perp is dead and he will no longer harm anyone else or cost the taxpayers any money. Even better, he died from an edged weapon wound, and bled out, so it was slow enough for him to to be aware of what was happening. One less human predator to worry about. Good riddance.

      The kid should get a ticker-tape parade and a medal.

      Still, it is too bad that the kid did not have a gun. A sword is too risky in a world where criminals often have guns.

    2. zenpundit Says:

      Risky indeed but very cool. He gets the Harvey C. Mansfield award for conspicuous manliness in defense of himself and his property ( Professor Mansfield was asked once by a reporter if it was “manly” to carry a gun. He said “Yes, but not as manly as a sword”).

    3. Ron Coleman Says:

      Shannon gets a medal for colorful, evocative rhetoric! “[W]hile they take their sweet time deciding if he should have screamed like a school girl and locked himself in a closet when confronted by a life-long criminal” — golden!

    4. Ripleigh Says:

      Maryland has many quirks. The only response to the ACORN video out of Baltimore was to threaten the journalist with criminal charges. Baltimore is in the habit of prosecuting people who “take the law into their own hands”. More than likely he will eventually be charged with something. It isn’t a mystery why you see half burnt building still standing and bullet holes in the buildings.