Shooting created emotional debatePublished 10:21am Thursday, November 21, 2013
The recent shooting in Coal Grove was, I’m sure we all agree, a tragic event.
A man deemed it necessary to shoot to protect his property, and possibly himself. A young man almost died. This event has created a rather emotional debate locally.
I do not wish to take part in that discussion because I cannot know what I would do in such a situation. However, I do know that there are many lazy and/or drug addicted people in this area who would take all that I have worked for if they could.
And some of them would be willing to harm me and my family in doing so.
That fact places me in a somewhat paradoxical situation, which I believe, is shared by many others. I do not want to hurt anyone; yet my .38 special is loaded with hollow points.
Did the shooter use excessive force? Or did he have every right to shoot? That is the focus of the debate. I can understand both sides of that discussion.
But in order to keep the discussion fair and honest, one truth must never be ignored. The victim shot the criminal.