Oklahoma Girl Shoots Intruder
Good Morning Readers!!!
Today is a glorious day for writing about not becoming a victim… I read a Fox News report (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/04/teen-mom-shoots-kills-intruder-with-11-dispatcher-on-phone/) where an 18-year-old widowed mother of a new-born child, shot and killed a home invader. What makes this even better; she was on the phone with an emergency dispatcher when she fired the shot! According to the article, the Oklahoma girl will not be charged in the shooting death of the invader, as she was acting in self-defense. Instead, (this makes some of our laws wonderful), the man’s accomplice is being charged with first degree murder!!!
Now I typically write about non-lethal or less than lethal measures when it comes to protecting yourself, and here is the reason: When you kill someone in self-defense, you may not be charged in criminal court; however, you can still be in hot water civilly, when the family members of the deceased go after you for wrongful death. This is what happened to OJ Simpson back when he allegedly murdered his ex-wife and her lover. He was acquitted for murder, but lost a lot of money in the wrongful death suit. I have heard it stated: “It will cost you $10,000 when you kill someone in self-defense.” That amount is what you will need to pay for the attorney fees.
I am happy that the woman in Oklahoma protected herself from becoming a victim. I am happy that the dispatcher told her, “Well, you have to do whatever you can do to protect yourself; I can’t tell you that you can do that, but you have to do what you have to do to protect your baby.” Folks, you have to do whatever you have to do to protect yourself. You are the only person responsible for this task. Security guards at the mall or your place of business, and police officers on the streets, are a reactionary force, which means you must be the proactive force in your own protection. I have used the words throughout my blog like “self defense” and “protection,” but here is a new phrase that I would like you to clearly think about “SELF PRESERVATION.” In all honesty, that is what this all about. If I am writing about protecting your information or protecting yourself, what I am really talking about is preserving your life and your lifestyle. In closing:
Protect your information, protect yourself; Coffee is brewing people, it is time to wake up!!!