I love to see stories like this.
When a burly ex-convict forced his way into a posh Florida home last week, he had no idea what awaited him — a 25-year-old beauty queen with a pink .38-caliber handgun.
Meghan Brown, a former Florida pageant queen, shot and killed 42-year-old Albert Franklin Hill during a home invasion March 12 at the 2,732-square-foot house she shares with her fiance in Tierra Verde, Fla.
I like these stories because they illustrate clearly how important our right to bear arms is. Of course the reason we have that right isn’t because the founders thought it was important to be able to protect our homes and selves from each other. The reason we have this right is to protect ourselves and our property from government. That privilege allows us, by extension, to also defend ourselves from each other. It is perhaps the most primitive right we posses, in the sense that even before we could speak or anything else we count as a right, we obviously had the right to defend ourselves from other things.
These stories also underline the importance of the so called “castle doctrine”. This doctrine basically states that you have no duty to try and escape from an attacker, in any place that you can legally be, and may use any amount of force, up to and including deadly force to defend yourself and your property and anyone else. It’s important because in the example above, the woman didn’t know the intruders intentions. He could have been there to steal her TV and only that, sure. In that case maybe his life wasn’t a worthy price, but there is no way to know.
She could have been killed trying to escape from him or while waiting for the police. As much as proponents of the elimination of guns think that in a civilized society we can depend on the police to protect us, they cant materialize out of thin air the moment you call. Police can’t do much to prevent crime, they serve in a largely reactionary capacity. You call them to say someone is breaking into your house and they come over, in a few minutes, and shoot the brute for you if need be. What can happen in those few minutes is exactly the reason that its a good thing this woman was armed and did not wait for the cavalry. She made herself the cavalry and was able to protect herself and her property without first having to check in with the government or try and run away first.
A person without a gun is a victim looking for a crime as I see it. This guy might not have broken in if he knew the place was protected by Smith & Wesson security services. As it happens he is now dining with Hitler and the guy that invented that singing fish that hangs on the wall.
Addition: I just want to stress the point that he was shot with a pink gun. That’s fantastic. Certainly nothing he is going to want to mention to his buddies down in Dante’s inferno.