Opponents of the 2nd Amendment will go to unfathomable lengths to shame and demonize gun owners, and this next buffoon is downright dumfounding.
While self-defense laws around the nation are sporadic and murky due to several states’ differing opinions on the subject, one this is known for certain: You have a right in this nation to defend your home and your property from unlawful intrusion, theft, or assault.
And while it’s not always the most effective means of self-defense, a great many Americans will rely on their AR-15 rifle to protect them in the face of danger. That’s why a homeowner’s son in Wagoner County, Oklahoma reached for that very rifle in the midst of an armed home invasion. What happened next was tragic, as a brass-knuckle-clad would-be thief refused to stand down or retreat after being met by the son and the gun.
Now, the grandfather of the criminal attacker has called it “unfair” that the homeowner’s son was in possession of the AR-15, considering his grandson was armed only with brass knuckles during his premeditated attempted assault and robbery.
“The grandfather of Jacob Redfearn believes shooting and killing the 17-year-old and his friends was not needed.
“’What these three boys did was stupid,’ said Leroy Schumacher.
“Schumacher agrees his grandson and his friends made a bad decision, but not one worthy of deadly consequences.
“’They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die,’ said Schumacher.
“’Brass knuckles against an AR-15, come on, who was afraid for their life,’ said Schumacher.
“The homeowner’s son has not been charged with a crime. Deputies believe he fired in self-defense.”
What is often lost in tragic tales such as the one that unfolded in Oklahoma is the fear and confusion that is felt by those defending their home with deadly force. The taking of a life is in no way a light subject, and the mental toll on someone forced into this sort of situation can be horrific. The homeowner’s son, who has not been charged with a crime, was forced into making a decision regarding his life and his property in the face of an armed assault in which he was outnumbered 3 to 1. The use of deadly force was deemed necessary by the defender, and deemed appropriate by the police.
While this is certainly a morose time in the lives of Jacob Redfearn’s family, we must not upend our accepted theories of justice and defense due to the “stupid” decisions of three young men.