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January 12, 2005
Home Defense

I'm not often overwhelmed with glee when some miscreant meets his demise at the hands of an armed homeowner. It's sad that someone could throw away his life so stupidly.

This isn't quite Texas, but it's good to know that here in North Carolina, one can defend oneself with lethal force and not automatically be presumed by Law Enforcement to be the villain, as would happen in many jurisdictions in this country — or indeed in many countries in, say, Europe.

No Charges For Homeowner Who Shot Burglary Suspect

WILSON, N.C. -- A Wilson man who allegedly shot and killed a suspected burglar at his house Tuesday morning will not face charges in the shooting death, authorities said.

. . .

The home's resident, Gene Watson, told police that he had shot the man after he had broken into Watson's home.

The article also notes:

Watson is known in Wilson for his work as Cocoa the Clown.

Jokes seem rather inappropriate, for some reason.

Posted by Russ at 08:56 PM, January 12, 2005 in North Carolina

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I love living in the south where your home is sacred and perfectly acceptable to defend. South Carolina has a saying - "Invade a Home, Invite a Bullet." Protecting your home with deadly force is protected by law down here. Thank God.

Posted by: Kricket at January 14, 2005 10:55 AM

Heh. We had a case here in Oregon recently where it wasn't a burglary, it was a bank robbery suspect hiding out in the homeowner's shed. The homeowner confronted him with as shotgun, ordered him to the ground, and covered him until the police arrived.

The homeowner was 87.

Posted by: Brian B at January 14, 2005 04:13 PM

yeah I love it down here in celina, Tennessee cause people done know if u start messin with people (your gonna get shot)u mess with one of us, you mess with all of us.

Posted by: Janesa Smith at January 27, 2005 01:45 PM