Self-defense Is Legal In Pennsylvania

And some attorneys don’t like “Stand Your Ground” laws. DA won’t charge tow truck driver who shot, paralyzed rival at Homewood crash scene.

Two tow truck drivers get into an argument over who will do the tow after a crash. One pulls out a baseball bat, and the other shoots him. The attorney?

“Not once did he ever swing [the bat],” Mr. White said. [That’s the attorney for the guy who got shot] But, he added, given the way the state’s stand-your-ground law is written, prosecutors would have had “a difficult burden to overcome” because Mr. Stotlemeyer was holding the baseball bat.

Damn that stand your ground law. If not for that, they could prosecute someone for defending himself against an attack with a baseball bat.

Self-defense is a Human-right, and at least for the time being, it is your legal right in Pennsylvania.

2 thoughts on “Self-defense Is Legal In Pennsylvania

  1. I am a strong proponent of self defense as a natural right.
    However, I am vehemently opposed to “Stand your ground” laws.
    Why?
    Because of this exact situation.
    Two people fighting over a tow job and one of them is left paralyzed. The shooter should have got back into his vehicle, gone to a safe place and report that he was threatened/assaulted etc. Two people would have gone home safely.
    In Illinois, if we have a means of egress, we MUST take it.
    “Stand your ground” laws often means a death that could have and should have been avoided.

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    • Which is why I don’t live in the People’s Republic of Illinois.

      Because if you have even an narrow window to escape you are guilty. Even if (like me) you have flat feet, a bad knee, are overweight and out of shape, then you are guilty – according to the Monday-morning quarterbacks you find in most DAs Office. Or in the comment section of WordPress blogs.

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