Earlier today, I wrote about a news photo caption that was just too bizarre to believed. But as crazy as that seemed, the article with which it was associated is far more worthy of discussing.

The article talks about the increasing number of states who have passed “castle doctrine” laws — or, as they put it, “shoot first” laws. The idea behind them is that homeowners and other legal residents of residences are no longer legally required to flee or hide when someone breaks into their home — they can use lethal force to defend themselves and their property, and no longer need to wait for the intruder to make their lethal intent clear.

This, naturally, horrifies certain types. “Your right to property is NOT greater than someone else’s right to live!” is the battle cry against the trigger-happy barbarians.

Um, no. That is not the issue. No one is saying that.

A better way of putting it would be “my right to keep my property is greater than your right to take it.” The notion that a burglar (or his heirs) should be able to sue homeowners who defend their homes with force is precisely the wrong signal to send — “You stopped me from taking your stuff, so now I’m going to get the government to help me take it from you.”

Sorry, it doesn’t work that way. Or, at least, it shouldn’t. No matter what the weenies from Agence Free Press think.

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