This is a discussion on Elderly woman shoots 12 year old in self defense (Merged) within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; According to the story she stated that she didn't mean to shoot anyone and that she fired to scare them off.If you don't feel SD ...
According to the story she stated that she didn't mean to shoot anyone and that she fired to scare them off.If you don't feel SD is justified,or in a SD situation you think that just firing a gun will scare them off,you will either come off looking like an idiot and being charged with a crime,or end up getting shot because the BG had a gun and fired back
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Now will they leave Granny alone from here on out or test her shooting skills agian ? She might of done this kid a favor, He could do a 180 and start opening doors for them instead of breaking their glass ? ?? Na !
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In claiming she didn't intend to strike them, she's also practically admitting negligence in failing to control her deadly weapon, at minimum. Firing on two known delinquent children after a brick had been tossed? I'd think that one would have to be frail, struck by the brick, threatened with more bricks and much loved to escape charges in most places. I wonder what the full set of circumstances were that the DA/police consisidered before deciding to not press charges.
The DA probably considered the probability of getting a jury of citizens tired of crime, that would "all" vote to convict a terrified old lady and thought better of it.
She was being attacked by a deadly weapon - a thrown brick can kill you. She fired to stop the attack - it worked. Easy self-defense justification.
About all we know is: she's an "old lady" who as being harassed by hoodlums doing "drive-bys" on her home (with bricks) after a long string of other harassing acts and torments. As it's "un-American" to charge such a person in such circumstances, particularly if it's going to come out in a political season that the neighborhood and area has been much ignored by authorities charged with cleaning up the streets, the "old lady" doesn't get charged. Not exactly equal protection under the law, but there it is.
Wow, good for her. I bet nobody else will try her.
I rather be safe then sorry.
It's better to have it when you need it then need it and dont have it.
The replies to the story are running 100% FOR her!
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I'm very happy for her, she has had enough trauma.
I'm surprised she was released without charges filed, since it was in Chicago. I'm sure Daley will pressure the DA to make an example of her.
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