Dangerousman wrote:1) (An actual case) Homeowner's kid wants to play a practical joke on his father so he puts on a mask and hides in the closet and jumps suddenly out with a knife. Father instinctively reacts by drawing his gun, shooting and killing his son.
Shooting and killing someone is not necessarily instinctual to all humans.
Dangerousman wrote:You're suggesting that the father should be held criminally responsible for not verifying that the person jumping out with a mask and weapon isn't just a practical joker before shooting?
I guess I didn't go through all the scenarios and this is a case where I don't think it could be a convictable crime. Killing your kid is a horrible price to pay for walking around your house with a gun.
Dangerousman wrote:Guy walking through the woods comes across a woman apparently getting raped by a guy holding a knife. She's tied up and screaming for help. Guy clobbers "rapist" only to learn that they were engaging in some mutual role-playing fantasy. You're suggesting that before taking any action he should have politely verified that it wasn't some consenual encounter?
They weren't killed and since sex in public is illegal, I don't see any punishment needed.
According to the police reports, he shot her through a locked screen door. Let me ask you, at what point is she considered a "threat under his impression" On his lawn? On his porch?
How about this. You're on the street. An unsightly looking character comes running after you yelling, but you can't understand. As they get closer you freak out that they are going to hurt you, pull out your gun and shoot them. Turns out you dropped your wallet and they were trying to catch up to you. Reasonable self defense?