Tag: | self defense

Motive

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Why do people kill? In the courts, ascertaining motive or intent is an integral part of the legal process. The determination of a person’s motive can mean the difference between the death penalty, life in prison, a long sentence, a short sentence, and freedom.  When Cain slew Abel there was no hiding his jealous intent from God and God chose the punishment that fit the crime. I watched a program the other night, interestingly about two brothers. One was in custody for killing the other and he claimed that his …

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Deadly Force

Deadly Force

I read an article the other day that surprised me. It was about self-defense killings and it said that the number of shootings described as self-defense in this country has doubled since 2000. (More Killings Called Self Defense WSJOnline 04/02/2012) Per FBI crime statistics there were 176 reported self-defense killings in 2000 and 326 in 2010. The article points to “stand your ground” laws in many states, laws that cover an armed citizen and say that you don’t have to retreat if you feel threatened, you can defend yourself. (I …

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