out of place
23 January 2006 - Orange County Register
of this second-guessing about Bill Hillís action to protect
his family is unbelievable. He saw an armed predator (unless anyone
thinks a carnivoreís claws and teeth arenít weapons?) on his property
and in close vicinity to his house and his neighborís. In that situation,
no one is a more "proper authority" than the property owner. Letter-writer
Thomas Chao had it right when he said that should the lion have
attacked someone (as has happened before, all too recently), the
outcry over inaction would have been just as bad.
lost many of us, however, when he counseled readers not to "question
the legality of Hill owning and using a firearm" because "he was
a trained law enforcement officer." Every American, police officer
or otherwise, has a legal right to own a firearm, and a moral obligation
to protect their families from predators, human and animal alike.
letter-writer Christine Tillemans thinks homeowners donít have that
right and obligation, as she accuses
Hill of committing a crime by "shooting a firearm in a residential
area." Fortunately the law allows for a law-abiding resident to
fire in self-defense on his own property - or does Tillemans think
it would have been just as much a crime if Hill found an armed human
predator on his property and defended his family from him?