Let's make the equation a simple one for the simpleton from the UK
I work X hours using
my skills, that I paid time and $$ to acquires
and my time - which is a limited and irreplaceable asset, of unknown
to acquire my possessions.
So in effect my possessions are paid for with parts of my life, which again
is a limited and irreplaceable resource of unknown quantity.
Then some low-life comes along and decides that they somehow have the right
to steal parts of my life from me, just because they're too lazy to work for
Stopping such a predator from stealing is MORAL
Also, doing nothing to stop such a predator, by failing to protect your
life's work is IMMORAL
You harry, by siding with a thief are just as immoral as that thief.
See how simple that was.
Low moral values? Well, first, there's the Eighth Commandment: "Thou Shalt
Not Steal." In my state, we noticed there are no penalties provided for any
of the Ten Commandments, so we sorta fleshed out the edict:
Texas Penal Code - Sec. 9.42. DEADLY FORCE TO PROTECT PROPERTY. A person
is justified in using deadly force against another to protect land or
tangible, movable property:
(1) if he would be justified in using force against the other under Section
(2) when and to the degree he reasonably believes the deadly force is
(A) to prevent the other's imminent commission of arson, burglary,
robbery, aggravated robbery, theft during the nighttime, or criminal
mischief during the nighttime; OR
(B) to prevent the other who is fleeing immediately after committing
burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, or theft during the nighttime from
escaping with the property; AND
(3) he reasonably believes that:
(A) the land or property cannot be protected or recovered by any other
(B) the use of force other than deadly force to protect or recover the
land or property would expose the actor or another to a substantial risk of
death or serious bodily injury.
Note one of the offenses covered by this section is "Criminal Mischief
During the Nighttime." This offense is a catch-all for toilet-papering a
house, doing wheelies in someone's yard, general graffiti, "he who pisseth
against the wall," smelling funny, and other egregious anti-social behavior.
Texas Penal Code - Sec. 9.41. PROTECTION OF ONE'S OWN PROPERTY. (a) A
person in lawful possession of land or tangible, movable property is
justified in using force against another when and to the degree the actor
reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to prevent or
terminate the other's trespass on the land or unlawful interference with the
Boy, are you confused Or your religious education was severely deficient.
Your reference to "Vengence is mine..." is from the New Testament which is
irrelevant to Jewish law.
Nevertheless, some Texans ARE Jewish. Most of the non-Jewish Texans are
rational-minded enough to recognize a better way of doing things and readily
incorporate workable ideas - from almost any source - into the laws of our
Can we go around shooting gays? Sure. We can shoot anybody we please,
subject to the rule of "He needed killin' "
As an ex-LEO, I'll be glad to add my experience.
But first, have you ever driven by a prison and noticed some inmates working
outside the walls, cutting grass, washing cars, and so on?
Almost all the outside trustys are murderers!
Here's why: Most murders (or manslaughters) are crimes of passion and are
one-offers. If the stimulus that precipitated the killing is absent, well,
the person is unlikely to kill again.
Further, murderers are basically rule-followers. You tell an murderer-trusty
to check out a lawn mower, cut the grass, and be back at 4:30, his response
will be: "Right, boss." And you can depend on him checking-in at 4:25.
(Trustys are not the same thing as general prisoner work gangs. Work gangs,
on the prison farm or doing swamp reclamation, are guarded.)
Now a burglar or thief is NOT a rule follower, has no respect or others or
their property. He started his escapade with a plan to undertake harm. He
INTENDED to violate the law and did so, perhaps many times, before he was
Thieves cannot be trusted. They are internally evil.
Up until the League of Nations put Egypt, Arabia, etc., under the Mandatory
Powers of the British, the Brits carried the "White Man's Burden" around the
world. For example, when the British left India in 1948, they left what was
to become the world's largest democracy. They also left Pakistan, which
we'll ignore for this discussion.
Then they went a little nuts. Jordan is a good example.
Two antagonistic tribes wanted control of Arabia. The British ultimately
gave Arabia to the House of Saud. As a consolation prize, England lopped off
part of Palestine and gave it to the Arabian tribe of Hussein. By that I
mean, the current king of Jordan's father was born in Arabia and, as far as
anybody knows, never even visited the area now know as Jordan before
accepting the kingship from the British.
Murder investigations get a lot of time and resources
before things tend to go cold and get put away on the
back burner... You can arrest and convict a murderer
as long as the suspect is still alive and enough valid
evidence and testimony remains to sustain a trial
That unoccupied burglary investigation gets sidetracked
a lot faster and there are a lot less forensic resources
thrown at it unless there is a rash of burglaries going on
with a similar MO that could make someone's career to
catch the person doing it... If the case goes cold long
enough the statute of limitations bars arresting any
suspects and there would be no trial even if all witnesses
and testimony were still available...
So while s murderer can get away with it for a while,
they can ultimately be brought to justice, a burglar,
larcenist, shoplifter, etc (thief) just has to lay low long
enough for the clock to run out and they get off clean...
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