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We had an incident here in Polk County that involved a lethal shooting. In many other communities, there would have been shouting about gun control, and the shooter would have at least been arrested. Not in Polk County.
Here’s what happened: Two couples went out for the evening. At the end of the date, the two fellows drove the two women to one of the women’s homes. The fellows drove off after one of the couples had a bitter discussion, after which the two women entered the home.
Later, the man involved in the altercation decided that he wanted to confront his girlfriend further. He drove back to the house with his friend; when he banged on the front door and she refused to open it, here’s what happened next:
The boyfriend returned to what appeared to be a bedroom window with a tire iron, screaming, and allegedly proclaimed he would knock the windows out if she did not let him in the home. Neither of the women responded and the boyfriend proceeded to break the window and attempted to gain entry. The female homeowner [victim] shot the boyfriend, resulting in immediate death and causing him to drop the tire iron at his feet.
According to Sheriff Judd, all information provided is preliminary evidence and is subject to change following a more thorough investigation. At this early stage in the investigation, Sheriff Judd claims the female victim was fully within her legal rights to defend her home from a burglar, adding, ‘when you come back to the house that’s not your home and you tried to break in to get a girlfriend who didn’t want to go with you, and you’re shot and killed while trying to break into the house with a tire iron, that’s a bad choice. And that’s the last bad choice he’ll make.’
Gun control advocates are probably up-in-arms. They probably think that the girlfriend only needed to try to calmly convince him to leave. Or open the door and they would have worked out the problem. (There is reason to believe the boyfriend had been drinking earlier.) Also, his friend had tried twice to talk the victim out of pursuing this action, but he paid no attention.
You may say to yourself that you’d never be in this situation and therefore wouldn’t need a gun. But what about when someone tries to conduct a home invasion robbery? Or someone tries to rob your home, thinking you’re not there? Or a neighbor with a drunken friend visiting announces that he hates all Trump supporters and after visiting at a neighborhood barbecue, he later comes to your home to “take you out.” Or a group in the next town over decides to hold a “peaceful protest” on your street.
Gun ownership should be taken seriously. The owner must be responsible, trained, and avoid confrontations whenever possible.
He or she should also want to live in a County where a Sheriff states that he’s got his back.
It could be a matter of life or death.Published in