Teen TXTS "They're in the house!"
Taking a true news story and making it into a hypothetical, "What if it was me" situation. Have a mild ethical dilemma with it.
Maybe you saw this article todayFOXNews.com - Ohio Teen Hiding in Bed Foils Intruders With Text Message - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News
Young teenage girl home sick from school. Two people come in the unlocked back door. Teen text-messages Mom, who calls 911 while she's racing home. When mom gets home, she rams the perp's car and then wrestles with one of the perps (a 20yo female) who came out of the house.
Here's where I come in: No doubt in my mind--this has already been decided--if I come home in that situation (and assuming I've got my CCW and am carrying by that point, which at current isn't a reality, but hey, I'm working towards it), I'm already drawn and ready to shoot. The 20yo female comes out of the house--and my kid is inside--I'm dropping her and then heading inside to clear the house.
But the perp's mom says,
So now I've killed--or done my very best to kill--someone's daughter, and mom thinks she's a "goodhearted individual." Now, I feel that this "goodhearted individual" crossed the line when she entered my house to burgle it. No doubt she wasn't planning on paying that high of a price, but then she should have thought about that possibility beforehand.
Burns' mother, Virginia Burns, said her daughter is only guilty of "bad association."
"I think that my daughter has made the wrong choice in people, and now she's going to pay the price for that association," she said. "I believe in my daughter. She is a goodhearted individual. But she has made a bad decision and she'll pay the price for it."
So, do you agonize over this at all? Have you ever thought about being forced to kill someone who's not truly a hardcore criminal, but in fact just someone who's only just beginning to head down the wrong path? Someone who's just fallen in with the wrong crowd, or maybe even just rebelling a bit against mommy and daddy to see what they'll say?
I'm ready to defend my family, even with lethal force if that is called for. Furthermore, I have no plans to interrogate someone as to their general criminal record or plans for the future before I do so. I'm just not settled how to deal with the fallout of destroying a human life.