The Left REALLY Hates Felony Murder

OK, the setup is how Missouri must be a strange state for having felony murder. How you can be convicted of murder in Missouri without killing anyone.

And as usual, they focus on one case, that may or may not help their cause. (Though that case started when the bad guys wouldn’t stop over a busted headlamp.) If you get 9 paragraphs in, they finally cough up a bit of truth.

Missouri is one of 45 states in which someone can be charged with murder without actually killing someone through a mechanism known as felony murder.

The bold text is in the original.

So, 90 percent of states have some version of felony murder. (I’m guessing California, a few other Left-coast states, New York, and Illinois, but I’m not sure.)

So in the vast majority of this country, you can be held accountable for the perfectly foreseeable consequences of your actions. Rob a store with your buddy, and he shoots someone, that’s on you. Don’t like that outcome? Don’t rob stores.

But that’s not fair, according to the Left. Holding people responsible for their actions? That is so unfair.

4 thoughts on “The Left REALLY Hates Felony Murder

  1. I read that 46 states, not 45, have the felony murder rule, and that article named the four that don’t. (The only one I remember is Michigan.)
    But felony murder has its downside, too, to wit: Because a murder charge results from the killing, it’s counted in the Uniform Crime Reports as a murder, even though it’s actually a justifiable homicide. So if every state that has the felony murder uses it once a month, that’s 552 (or 540) justifiable homicides that are wrongly counted as murders every year.


    • I would bet some state (Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts,…) changed their law recently.

      And it isn’t just “justifiable” homicides. If your accomplice kills a store clerk during a robbery, that is felony murder, but not self-defense. Though self-defense would fall into the mix.


  2. Zendo,
    Well, yeah, but I was looking at your scenario as being an accomplice, not felony murder per se. (In other words, all parties to the crime are equally guilty of whatever happens during the crime.) I guess it boils down to how the felony murder laws are written in each state.
    But my point still stands. The felony murder rule results in a certain unknown number of justifiable homicides being counted as murders because a murder charge arose from a justifiable homicide.


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