June 3rd, 2005 07:11 PM
Home Invasion Happy Ending
Well, A good ending...shooting anybody is never a happy situation.
Read On.....Comments Alway Welcome.
The question was raised following the recent shooting of a home invader in Eliot, Maine, as to whether the resident had the right to use deadly force and shoot the man in the chest. The answer is unequivocally yes.
While the tragic incidents of accidental shootings at home are valid points in the argument for gun control, there is no better argument for the right to bear arms than protecting yourself and your home from harm.
No charges have been filed against David Oeser, 54, of Eliot, Maine, and if the police investigation proves he was defending himself, then no charges should be filed. Maine law allows residents to use deadly force if they feel their lives are threatened in their homes.
It is most important to understand, acknowledge and respect the fact Oeser is a victim of the man he shot and not the other way around. If anything, Mark Murphy, 39, of Eliot, Maine, is a victim of his own actions.
As of Friday, Murphy remained in serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Area police officials say they are familiar with Murphy, who has repeated convictions for assault. Most recently, he had a scuffle with patrons at a Kittery, Maine, coffee shop the day before he allegedly forced his way into Oeserís home.
The fact Murphy had a violent history may further justify Oeserís actions, but his decision to protect himself during the early morning hours came during a frantic situation without the benefit of hindsight. Oeserís actions must be judged in the frame of the moment, and thus the argument that he could have shot Murphy in another part of the body to cause less significant injury has little merit. That argument is reactionary with little reason, understanding or compassion.
Oeser said heís not proud of what he did, but heís not ashamed either. Itís something he had to do, he said, "a decision I didnít want to ever have to make and hope to never have to make again."
A stranger, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 330 pounds, shows up at your house in the darkness of 1:30 in the morning. He pounds on your door, forces his way inside and then refuses to leave. He is screaming and yelling incoherently. You yell, "Go away, please leave," but he keeps coming. You flee to your bedroom where you keep your gun. The man keeps coming, breaking down your bedroom door. Six-foot-2, 330 pounds. Screaming incoherently.
Four times you yell back, "Stop or I will shoot." The stranger doesnít listen. Then you fire your weapon. Where do you aim?
Liberty Over Tyranny Μολὼν λαβέ
June 3rd, 2005 07:24 PM
Poor Mr Murphy, when he should have stayed in bed he instead ate some lead. I wonder how many times a neighborhood suffers with a problem child until the matter is settled in a final way?? Glad to see the person defending his very life is OK.
As you slide down the banister of life,
May the splinters never point the wrong way.
NRA Life Member
June 3rd, 2005 07:56 PM
Good result but yet again -
OK but that as ever presupposes the guy makes it to said bedroom in time!!!
flee to your bedroom where you keep your gun.
I will bore the crap out of most people droning on about this - but - carry on the person, at all times - is the only way to have when needed. Preferably NEVER needed but - who can read the future? (Rhetorical question!).
Chris - P95
NRA Certified Instructor & NRA Life Member.
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