While Gun Murders Are Unlawful, Gun Homicides Are Not Necessarily Unlawful.
Don’t be fooled into misreading homicide statistics reported in the media. Not all homicides are social ills. Some homicides are justified lawful killings in self-defense or defense of others. For example, the intended rape victim who manages to kill her rapist in the act has committed a homicide. Would we prefer that she had been raped? The potential homicide victim who kills their attacker, rather than get killed themselves, has committed a homicide: lawful self-defense. Would we prefer that the victim of the attack have been killed?
- unlawful and intentional—what is traditionally referred to as murder—or
- unlawful and unintentional—what is traditionally referred to as manslaughter or criminally reckless homicide—or
- lawful and intentional—usually self-defense or defense of others—or
- lawful and unintentional—accident or misadventure.”
Don’t be deceived when people talk in generalities that the number of gun deaths or homicides have increased and therefore more laws are needed to infringe on the civil right to keep and bear arms. Maybe the homicides being reported are of criminal aggressors attempting to murder and maim and rape innocent people, and they were killed by their victims or by people stepping up to defend those victims.
A murder is a homicide that’s unlawful; a self-defense killing is a homicide that’s lawful.
[ Read the SemperVerus article, The 5 Elements of Self-Defense Law ]
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