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Criminals Facing Gunfire

The lamestream media told you:
"Criminals in Texas beware: if you threaten someone in their car or office, the citizens of this state where guns are ubiquitous have the right to shoot you dead," reports Reuters, from Dallas.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Texas today joined a growing list of states determined to remove barriers that could jeopardize or impede citizens who protect themselves from unprovoked violence instigated by vicious hardened criminals.

Texas Governor Rick Perry, on signing the Castle Doctrine bill, said the right to defend yourself from imminent harm is intuitive to human nature, and that Texans can protect themselves from criminals, and receive protection from state law when they must use deadly force in self defense.

Effective on Sep. 1, 2007, the new law creates a legal presumption that a criminal forcibly and unlawfully entering an occupied home, automobile or place of work is entering to do harm to the occupants, making deadly force justified.

It removes so-called "duty to retreat" language under such circumstances, and establishes clear civil immunity for anyone involved in a justifiable defensive deadly force situation -- preventing nuisance lawsuits from being filed by criminals or their family members. Lawyers who bring such suits used to be disbarred, a practice no longer followed.

The Reuters wire service, running editorial comment where news belongs, said, "Sympathy for violent offenders and criminals in general runs low in Texas, underscored by its busy death row... A conservative political outlook and widespread fondness for hunting also means Texans are a well-armed people capable of defending themselves with deadly force."

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