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Stop Awarding the Stupid
It only further fuels their idiocy...

by Ashley Murphy

I'm still trying to wrap my head around this country today. Everything is just so messed up. It needs to get its priorities straight before it turns into something horrible that we can't come back from.

Order a coffee, which is generally served very hot, and sue the company you bought it from because you were the idiot that burnt yourself. See the nutrition facts on fast food, sue the fast food chains because you continued eating and got fat. Break into someone's home, steal their property and sue the homeowner for shooting you on his property in self defense.

Why must people continue passing the blame from themselves? And the justice system allows it! No one wants to take responsibility for their actions, yet they continue to be awarded for such behavior. It needs to stop.

Recently, in Catoosa County, just a short drive south into Georgia, a teenager was shot while entering someone else's home, illegally, and attempting to steal some of the homeowner's property. It was alleged that the teenager and another teen accomplice advanced on the homeowner when he confronted them in his basement, gun in hand. As they advanced, the homeowner fired shots, killing one of the teens.

Now, family and friends of the deceased teen are crying foul and say that this could have been avoided and that it wasn't necessary to use force.

Yes, it could have been avoided. Don't break into people's homes! Genius idea!! And two, if you're in my home or on my property, uninvited, illegally, causing trouble, you better hope you can outrun a bullet.

Condolences to family and friends, but stupidity absolutely infuriates me. My thoughts might be cold, harsh and seemingly uncaring, but I'm not going to apologize. I believe the homeowner had every right to protect himself, his property and his goods. If the teen broke in and was threatening any of those, then he deserved what he got. Shouldn't have been there. Too bad.

Now, stop making the victim (homeowner) look guilty and deal with the consequences that were dealt your law-breaking teenager. Because had it been my home, I doubt he would've made it back to the getaway car. Same for his partner in crime.

Want a good way to not get shot at, or shot? Don't be a stupid moron and do idiotic things like this kid did. Someone breaks into my home, I have 9mm that would be happy to exact justice on imbeciles.

And according to Tennessee's Stand Your Ground Law, I have every legal right to do so:

Tennessee Code Annotated 39-11-611

"(b) (1) Notwithstanding § 39-17-1322, a person who is not engaged in unlawful activity and is in a place where the person has a right to be has no duty to retreat before threatening or using force against another person when and to the degree the person reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to protect against the other's use or attempted use of unlawful force."

In this code, it specifically says "deadly force" can be used. Don't believe me? Go see for yourself.

Georgia also has a Stand Your Ground Law that is very similar to Tennessee's. So why people believe this homeowner was in the wrong and should be completely baffles me. I'm not retreating and running scared in my own home. I will protect it. It's my right to.

Stop awarding the stupid and feeling sorry for them. It only fuels their idiocy. Make them account for their actions.


Ashley Murphy
People News Assitant Editor

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