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Response to gejohnston (Original post)

Sat Oct 20, 2012, 12:51 AM

3. Aside from the firearms thing...

such laws can have serious problems, not the least of which is the constitutional question of whether or not you can require someone to "do the right thing." A legal requirement to shoot someone is, under any circumstances, far different from one prohibiting one from shooting. There's already been a spate of laws trying to stop people from just flying by things like auto wrecks and heart attacks with mixed results-- adding crime to the mix doesn't seem to make much sense.

More practical at the moment, are those situations where you might want to sit back and let it work itself out, which it often will, or where you don't really know what's going on. You've got enough trouble dealing with the situation before you and really don't want to worry about more legal troubles if you don't intervene.

From what the pro contingent here says, actual intervention isn't really that common and defensive shooting is less so. Interjecting a law that might seem to require you to shoot can't end well.

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