I live in Greenfield with my husband and cat. I work full time. Frugality and simplicity have been a part of my life long before they became popular and it has made life a lot less stressful. I love volunteering, home improvement/decorating, crafting and gardening.
I've been considering writing this blog for quite some time. I hesitate because I realize it is a hot topic and I'm not an expert on it. I do have opinions on it and appreciate hearing the opinions of others.
I have attempted to look at the shooting of the young man in Slinger from both sides. The homeowner who shot and killed the young man was concerned for the safety of his family. I do not know nor do I remember reading that the homeowner "warned" the "intruder" that was on the enclosed porch that he (the homeowner) had a gun. I would have. However, the homeowner did not know if the young man had a weapon either.
I also wonder how the father of the kids that were having the party could sleep with all the noise and do nothing about it - did he have no consideration for his neighbors? Could all of this have been prevented if he had been a responsible adult? After having lived in a neighborhood that at times was overrun by drug/booze parties that kept us awake at all hours of the night and where adults were present, I question this father's logic or lack of. It is my understanding that he was home "asleep" while the kids partied in the garage.
I feel very sorry for the parents of the deceased young man. I believe the situation could have been prevented. Knowing there were kids having a party next door and that cops had been called and were around the area, I would have considered perhaps that one of the kids would have hid in someone's yard or garage or "porch" while attempting to hide from the police.
The parents are grieving and their lives have changed, the shooter and his family lives have changed and someone is dead. On top of that, some of the kids at the party were more concerned with the fact that their party was going to end than the fact that one of their "friends" had been killed. Real classy.....their parents raised them well (NOT).
Law or no law, if you shoot someone, there will be a lawsuit. Check your homeowner policies and be sure you have some type of coverage - I just checked into ours. If a judge/jury finds that the homeowner was justified in the shooting, my insurance will cover legal fees. However, what good is that if you have to live with killing someone for the rest of your life. And, with crooked attorneys all over the place, whether you were justified or not, they sometimes win - there are always loopholes.