I grew up next to a very large and wooded park in the 1970’s. There was a “lookout point” where kids would go to drink beer, do drugs, or have sex.

(Side note: don’t let any old people tell you that kids these days are out of control. They were horrible in their own way)

We would regularly end up with drunk, scared, or stoned teens (and the occasional naked frat boy! ) pounding on the front door at night. Yet my parents managed to never shoot any of them. The most draconian thing they did was put in a phone with a long cord, so the kids could call home without coming in the house.


Kid was stoned out of his skull and probably mistook the Gunner's house for the one he'd left, or he was planning to ask for help because he was lost.

In 2nd Amendment America, that is reason enough for a summary execution.


Author cites RCW 9A.16.020 (use of force), but correct citation would be RCW 9A.16.050 (homicide - when justifiable).

Under use of force statute (-.020), non-deadly force is authorized to protect property. But under deadly force statute (-.050), homicide is not authorized to protect property. Can't kill someone for breaking into your house. Can only kill someone for putting you (or another person) in jeopardy.

Some break-ins put homeowners in jeopardy. Other break-ins don't. So, was shirtless teen banging on the door actually putting this homeowner in jeopardy? Couldn't homeowner simply, you know, not open the door?


@3: assuming the "slayer" felt HE was threatened, not his property:

(1) In the lawful defense of the slayer, or his or her husband, wife, parent, child, brother, or sister, or of any other person in his or her presence or company, when there is reasonable ground to apprehend a design on the part of the person slain to commit a felony or to do some great personal injury to the slayer or to any such person, and there is imminent danger of such design being accomplished;


Another sacrifice laid upon the alter of the gun god. Thank you for your contribution to our twisted perception of freedom, young man.


"In the fall of 2022, Craig Matheson, who leads the Violent Crimes Unit at the Snohomish County Prosecutors Office, declined to press charges "

It is currently the Spring of 2022.


He shot a kid and then made his wife clean up the blood?


Yeshua dear, that’s his version. In real life he probably wet his pants, dropped his gun, shot the kid, then threw up.


Two things seem clear:
This child should not have been killed by this man (or shot)
No crime was committed under the law.


Hope the parents of dead-kid can afford a wrongful death lawsuit.

File suit for the value of the house that was not-intruded upon, nor entered by the dead-kid, plus attorneys fees, and let a jury decide.

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