one of thes I’ve ever read:
But Minnesota law already allows for the use of deadly force, without an obligation to retreat, in order to prevent danger within the home.
While there are those who disingenuously suggest that current Minnesota law does not ensure this right, no one has ever been prosecuted under Minnesota statute for legitimate self-defense. [emphasis added – ed]
Of COURSE no one’s been prosecuted for “legitimate self defense” under Minnesota statute.
Legitimate self defense is not a crime under Minnesota statute.
Even in gun-free utopias like Chicago and Washington DC, “legitimate self defense” is generally not prohibited by the criminal code.
The problem with this ridiculous assertion is that it assumes that, since crime reports listing “legitimate self defense” as the charge are no-where to be found, no one has ever been wrongly prosecuted for homicide when, in fact, they were actually defending themselves, their families and their homes.
Now, I don’t have the time or energy to dig through every Minnesota homicide case in history to determine if anyone in the state ever HAS been wrongly convicted of a crime when engaging in self defense, and even if I did, I’m not really qualified to make that determination anyway.
But I’d wager that the editorialist that penned that asinine statement has never done the research to back up his bald-faced assertion of fact either. Which means that the argument that no one has ever been prosecuted for legitimate self defense is…well…illegitimate.
Not to mention the fact that these laws are also needed to protect those who defend themselves against violent criminals, from frivolous civil suits.
In our broken legal system, one can be completely justified in their actions and still be ruined, bankrupted and destroyed by the expenses and stresses involved in defending against such civil claims, even when vindicated in the end.
There is no excuse for a legal system (I refuse to call it a judicial system because our system has nothing to do with seeking justice) that can again victimize the victim of a violent crime just because that person had the audacity to defend themselves.
I’m sure there are plenty of rights (that whole “remain silent” thing comes immediately to mind) that make the jobs of police and county attorneys more difficult. Fortunately for us, rights aren’t exercised for the convenience of public employees. If defending the rights of the citizens as they have sworn an oath to do is too difficult for them…perhaps they should consider alternative employment opportunities.