Self-defense Is Legal In North Carolina, and Prosecutors Hate That

The guy was threatened with a pipe and fired one shot. Alexander County man found not guilty in 2016 fatal self-defense shooting.

An Alexander County man charged with first-degree murder has been found not guilty by a jury following nearly three years of legal proceedings.

The guy was in possession of the pipe, but the DA had to ruin this guy’s life – or 3 years of it anyway.

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The Racist Origins of Gun Control

Unusual to see something like this in a university paper. African Americans and the 2nd Amendment: The Need for Black Armed Self-Defense.

I have been, and always will be, a supporter of the right to bear arms. I believe that everyone, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity, should be able to defend themselves from any untoward threats. This is particularly true for African-Americans, as we have been victims of unprovoked violence for centuries. Lynchings, rapes, bombings and mass shootings were, and still are, common acts of violence perpetrated against us. Many of these killings were completed with full impunity, as the American Criminal Justice system sat by and did nothing. Sometimes they were even complicit in these acts.

Self-defense is legal in North Carolina

JusticeBut then I thought it was. Death of man shot by homeowner ruled ‘justifiable homicide’.

On Dec. 20, deputies were dispatched to a report of an attempted home invasion and shooting at 123 Upton St., Lexington, at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Officers with the Lexington Police Department were the first to arrive on the scene. They located a male, identified as Begley, in the front yard of the residence, deceased as a result of a single gunshot wound.

It can take some jurisdictions a lot longer than 2 months to make a decision like this. Self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense in North Carolina

Good Guys came out on top, but they were shot as well. Eden Suspected Burglar Killed, Homeowner Wounded During Overnight Break-In.

Deonte Eric Smith and Dieontra Shukur Clark forced their way into a home on the 800 block of Bridge Street after midnight Sunday according to Eden Police. Officers responded around 12:45 to find Clark dead and the homeowners with gunshot wounds.

A child in the house was uninjured.

Cops caught up with Smith later in the day. He is charged with one count of murder. (Felony murder)

Self-defense is a human-right.

A Father Protects His Children

Which is what parents are supposed to do. Homeowner shoots burglary suspect in Randolph County.

“It’s not something I wanted to do, but I’m a family man, I’m going to take care of my kids, I’m going to protect them in any situation I have to,” [Alex] Davis said.

A guy he didn’t know was trying to break in. He sent his kids to a back bedroom and grabbed a shotgun. He told the guy to leave; the guy didn’t leave.

“He lunged and lunged two or three more times, and that one time he was almost in and I had no choice but to just pull the trigger,” Davis said.

The guy was taken to a local hospital and released into police custody. Charges include felony breaking and entering, and entering to terrorize. (That last is something I’ve never seen before.)

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

A Failure of the Victim-selection Process

EC police: Homeowner shoots alleged home invader.

According to [Agent Lamont Butts, a spokesman for the Elizabeth City Police Department], Johnson entered the house by a back door and was confronted and then shot by the homeowner. Butts declined to name the homeowner but said the resident is the one who called police about the incident.

Johnson had left the Bell Street residence by the time police arrived, Butts said. Police were alerted that he had driven himself to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, where he sought treatment, Butts said.

Charges pending include home invasion. (Other reports say he is a parole absconder.)

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

What If 911 Couldn’t Answer Your Call

No one does proper systems design anymore. Mean-time-to-failure. Mean-time-to-repair. Sigma bounds on the deviation. ’It’s a matter of life or death’: Cell, Internet outages prevent town from calling 911.

If you design a system assuming that certain portions of infrastructure are in place, when that infrastructure fails, you are up a creek with no paddle. When that system is 911-related, the whole area can suffer. Which is what is happening.

According to Cpt. Davis, during outages, the radios they receive calls on don’t work, and neither do the alerts sent to their cell phones. On Monday, she said someone had to knock on the station’s door to tell them about a car crash because they didn’t get the call, and that has happened more than once.

The internet provider has an excuse, but the people who designed the 911 systems have no redundancy. And to be fair, the provider has no backup plan either. Like I said. No one does systems design anymore.

Calling 911 is a good thing to do, they can send all kinds of help your way. But what if you can’t reach them on your phone? Then what will you do?