Covet Not thy Neighbours Burglars
Someone "black" robbing the house next door?
Shoot the fuckers, it's your right as a Texas white man.
What we have HEE-YAH... is a FAY-YAH... to communicate!
Yes, I know Paul Newman is white, but it's a funny line and the guy just reminded me of Strother Martin...
BTW: I presume it wasn't Uncle Tom who lived next door.
OTHER MONKEYS SAID
As the resident Texas white man in these here parts, I'm wondering if/when you might be posting about racially motivated unfairnesses in and around the Geelong area...?
Just curious ;)
Texas has a "a castle law"-which means anyone can use a gun to defend their home with impunity.
While I'm not a fan of Texas gun laws-lets remember that these gentlemen of color were robbing the house...........
MM: my story of the World Underwater Ironing Record wasn't enough of a damning indictment for you?
Skip: yep, I totally understand - YOUR castle, but the next door neighbours????
What part of a) NONE OF YOUR FREAKING BUSINESS and b) THOU SHALT NOT KILL goes over peoples' (including the High Courts') heads here?
I was a freaking BURGLARY... not some malicious raping child-eating attack on Jesus's bloodline itself here!!!! Hundreds of years of judicial arguments have decided that robbery is a crime that should be punished by a coupla weeks in a prison hell-hole getting your cherry caramelised while you learn from experts how to not get caught next time, not the Death Penalty... But this red-neck, gun-freak, Daniel Boondocks, neo-frontiersman, KKK, fuctard thinks HE has the right to decide who lives or dies on his next-doors property...
Holy mother of reactionary fuck... I am the only sane one left on Planet Reasonable?
(p.s. may have had a few beers before making this comment... It's when I'm at my most entertaining, not necessarily my most tactful.)
Um, I think the article mentioned he was retired from the computer field, not 'backwoods R us'.
We are the only nation that enshrines gun ownership in our constitution. Want to get shot in Texas these days? Go around saying that the Second Amendment has long ago outlived its usefulness. Then say it should be repealed. If you have not been beaten to a pulp by that point-count yourself lucky.
It is what it is.
The guy will get off with a warning.........
In Texas, they probably took a look at the wounds and said, "Nice grouping!"
I would say this- The guys knew they were breaking the law in a state where breaking that law means there's a good chance you'll your ass shot off. Essentially I don't have much pity for them on a moral *or* Darwinian level.
Second, the real question is whether the neighbor had the right to shoot them, and if he didn't, did he get off because he was white and the burglars weren't? And the truth is, while we might suspect/believe he didn't have that right and he got away with it because of the relative ethnicities of the people involved, a) we're not Texas lawyers and b) until there's a case where a black/latino neighbor shoots white burglars, all it is is supposition.
Message just in from Mariah who, like many of us, has trouble logging on to this miserable software of mine:
""it is all just supposition" - with a strong chance of racial hatred being a motivator. The burglars were Columbian immigrants, and would be unfamiliar with Texan 'Law'. The Texan could have shot them in the leg (if he had to shoot them at all, which he didn't) but No, he chose to shoot them in the Back, and to KILL them. He is no doubt a murderous coward who hates black people."
Or words to that effect...
Speaking of life being cheap: was chatting to some people about the costs of chronic health care: life is expensive, death is much the cheaper option.
One theory I heard was that is that if you shoot someonbe then shoot to kill. Otherwise America's other favourite pastime(litigation) will mean that the burglars/robbers/rapists/murderers/innocents (delete as appropriate) will sue you till you have nothing left.
There was a similar case with a farmer in the UK who shot a couple of burglar/gypsy types and he killed one and injured the other. He spent some time in jail but public sentiment was definitely with him.
My view - if you are burgling, robbing or stealing and someone decides to break another of the commandments then that's tough on you.
With all deference to Mariah, no need for quotes around law. It is the law. Also, as they were from Columbia, they came from a gun culture just as strong if not stronger than Texas. Finally, it's been proven again and again that ignorance of the law is no excuse.
And yes, if you're going to shoot somebody, you shot to kill. Trying to 'wing' someone is for Hollywood, especially with a shotgun.
About the only thing I have against this guy is that he shot them in the back, which in Texas is a low down dirty thing to do.
Straw poll: How many people who think this is a heinous crime have had their homes or homes of friends or loved ones burgled?
Property is theft, already. The landowner is a evil criminal type by anarchist definition and should be blowed up with one of those round black explosive type beeeermbs...
Stevieboy, I got the same story from an incident in Swan Hill.
One moe from Mariah who I don't think is really trying all that hard to log-on:
One more response please:-
"MercerMachine, That's why I called him a coward - for shooting them in the BACK! Yes, I'd have thought Texans would consider that to be a low-down thing to do. I picked that up from all the cowboy movies I watched as a kid.
I emphasised 'Law' because it's not always fair or just. And I admit if I caught a burglar in my house I'd hit him over the head with my Kauri hardwood rolling pin (extra long ie 2 1/2 foot Italian one for rolling pasta) or whatever I could find to defend myself and property. I don't have a gun."
Be warned MM, incur the wrath of the wind they call Mariah at your peril!