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PCIntern

(25,853 posts)
Wed Apr 8, 2015, 11:10 AM Apr 2015

I only have one question:

who the hell would shoot anyone in the back? when I was a young'un, in the Westerns I watched, and I watched hundreds of them, the lowest of the low was "shootin' someone in the back". It was consdered worse than "horse thievin'".

As an aside, one of the lines used by a Texas lawyer in the HBO series on Durst-the-serial-killer was that, "the reason they hang horse thieves and spare killers is that there aren't any horses than need stealing, but there are people who need killing." This seems to be the Mantra floating around these days...

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TeeYiYi

(8,028 posts)
4. Or...
Wed Apr 8, 2015, 11:22 AM
Apr 2015

...it's someone who is thinking VERY clearly about what they are doing; with malice aforethought.

TYY

In_The_Wind

(72,300 posts)
7. Your answer makes me very sad.
Wed Apr 8, 2015, 11:30 AM
Apr 2015

I really don't understand why we can't all live in peace. As a young white child I can remember arguing with my father ... we are all the same color under our skin.

world wide wally

(21,762 posts)
5. Haven't you figured out that according to the NRA, it is not important "where" you shoot someone
Wed Apr 8, 2015, 11:25 AM
Apr 2015

as long as you shoot someone.
We just need more guns...
and tax cuts for the rich.
See how simple it is?

 

Lurks Often

(5,455 posts)
6. Legally, there are a few situations where shooting someone in the back is justified
Wed Apr 8, 2015, 11:28 AM
Apr 2015

While I have not read about the SC incident that triggered your post, from what little I have heard, this case does NOT meet that legal standard.

The short version, is that someone is legally justified shooting someone in the back if the person fleeing can reasonably be considered a grave menace to the general public if allowed to escape. For example, preventing someone who just murdered someone right in front you from escaping, would be probably be considered reasonable in a courtroom.

Another fairly extreme example, it would have almost certainly been legally acceptable to shoot Loughner in the back while he was shooting at all those people in AZ.

PCIntern

(25,853 posts)
11. Well,you can't equate the two situations
Wed Apr 8, 2015, 01:10 PM
Apr 2015

and I know you know that...

It would also have been justifiable to shoot Hitler in the back. No question.


that being said.....................

 

Lurks Often

(5,455 posts)
12. Ok, just answering the legal question as to when it is allowed
Wed Apr 8, 2015, 01:16 PM
Apr 2015

The SC cop is going to jail for a very long time barring some major surprise.

As an aside, in the real Old West, shooting one's opponent in the back was fairly common. The squaring off in the middle of the street and seeing who is faster is mostly a Hollywood creation

logosoco

(3,208 posts)
8. That old Carole King song "Smackwater Jack" has a line:
Wed Apr 8, 2015, 11:31 AM
Apr 2015

You can't talk to a man with a shotgun in his hand.

I guess when some cops walk around with a gun as part of their job, they go to that as a "solution" without really thinking. Or maybe they fantasize about it and as soon as an opportunity arises, they reach for the gun.

TeeYiYi

(8,028 posts)
9. I'll take part two...
Wed Apr 8, 2015, 11:43 AM
Apr 2015

...of your post for $1000, Alex.

re: "Or maybe they fantasize about it and as soon as an opportunity arises, they reach for the gun."

What is: You'll find it in the official police manual under Standard Operating Procedure When Dealing With an Unarmed Black Man.

TYY

PCIntern

(25,853 posts)
14. Whatever posseses you to ask a question
Thu Apr 9, 2015, 06:38 AM
Apr 2015

of me like that? Besides being nonsensical, it's puerile and insulting. It is argumentative and pointless.

rock

(13,218 posts)
16. OK, so you are a bully
Thu Apr 9, 2015, 08:04 AM
Apr 2015

In which case there's no way I can answer your question so that you will understand.

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