A large majority of respondents to
last week’s caycompass.com online poll said someone is absolutely justified in
shooting a person who has broken into their home.
Of the 585 total respondents to the
one-week poll, 375 people – 64.1 per cent – answered “absolutely” to the poll
“Nobody told the person to be
inside the house without permission,” said one respondent.
“Shooting them, bashing their heads
in with a baseball bat or a frying pan – whatever,” commented another person.
“A man’s home is his castle and he has a right to protect it and himself and
his family. I don’t feel badly at all for anyone hurt or killed breaking into
another man’s home.”
“Follow the rules of Louisiana: As
long as the burglar is inside your home and does not have his back turned to
you, then you have a right to protect your property,” said someone else.
Another large segment of
respondents, 186 people or 31.8 per cent – said it depended on the circumstances
as to whether someone was justified in shooting a person who broke into their
“Only if your life is threatened,
not your property,” said one person.
“Only if you believe your life to
be in danger,” said someone else.
Seven people – 1.2 per cent – said
someone would be justified in shooting a burglar in their home only if running
away or hiding wasn’t an option. Eleven people – 1.9 per cent – responded
‘never’ to the question.
Only six people – a little less
than 1 per cent – didn’t have an opinion on the matter and responded ‘I don’t
know’ to the question.
Next week’s poll question:
Would you eat lionfish?
Sure. Serve it up!
I’d give it a try.
Only if I were starving.
What’s a lionfish?
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