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Writer's Block: Rescue mission

If someone intentionally set fire to your home and you had ten minutes to get out, would you try to save the arsonist or your belongings?

My belongings, of course--although I would focus on my family and animals first, belongings second. The arsonist can die in the fire--poetic justice for committing an act of aggression. Trying to kill me and destroy my property warrants suitable punishment, I think, and if the arsonist is dumb enough to get caught in the blaze and die, then that is very suitable punishment.

Obviously I would prefer if no one died, but in the case of the perpetrator, you reap what you sow.


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Jun. 18th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
Legally tho' you might be caught up in the tort of duty of care. Srsly.
Jun. 19th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
I don't care. You burn my house, you deserve to get torched.
Jun. 19th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, I agree... I was just about to (or had just finished) a law example when I made that comment, and some of the legal requirements for entrants (invited or trespass) into a person's home are a little odd... At some stage I'll have to look up more case law to find out how this precedent was established.
Jun. 21st, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
What I don't get is that in some places, they try you for murder if someone breaks into your home and you shoot the invader. Is that screwed up logic or what?
Jun. 22nd, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
That makes sense to me, depending on the intentions of the shooter. Murder is distinguished from manslaughter for a reason...
Jun. 22nd, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
I would think it's self-defense. Person A breaks into Person B's home with intent to injure, damage, or steal; Person A shoots Person B to protect one's self and property. That sounds very much self-defense to me.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Hence, the emphasis on intention.

If they're intending to scare off, protect themself or disable the home-invader and they're accidentally killed in the result, then it's manslaughter.

If they're attacking the resident and there's a good chance they could be seriously hurt, sure then it's self-defense.

If you however, the resident turn the event into an opportunity to hunt down the person with the deliberate intention to kill... well, that would probably become a murder charge.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not advocating hunting down the invader after said invader flees, but shooting an invader is perfectly acceptable self-defense. You can't really tell in those situations what the person wants, so you can't take that chance. If the invader gets killed...well, then its the invader's own damned fault.
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