This is a discussion on Homeowner jailed for firing warning shot within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by Dennis1209 Tell me about it! My ADT alarm system went screaming off at 3:00 A.M. a couple weeks ago. The Sheriff's Deputy ...
While I certainly do not condone the use of a 'warning shot', I bristle at the unqualified comment about this man & his family being in no immediate danger. They seem to be calling that one without having witnessed it. As to the questioning why he didn't call 911, a simple answer could be "because 911 just doesn't cut it when someone's a-breakin' in!"In a statement the Mesquite Police Department said in part, "the man and his family were in no immediate danger. Firing a warning shot was unnecessary and reckless."
Police also questioned why Nye didn't first call 911.
To be fair, I feel that he should have had the wife call 911 before he made any decision other than arming himself. Open the door & say "Get out, the police are on their way!" Then, sit inside by a window & watch the perimeter while you get updates from the wife.
"Historical examination of the right to bear arms, from English antecedents to the drafting of the Second Amendment, bears proof that the right to bear arms has consistently been, and should still be, construed as an individual right." -- U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings, Re: U.S. vs Emerson (1999)