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In light of the nationwide conceal carry law that congress is ramming through here is a little story that happened just last week here in St. Louis.
Missouri as you may not know has some of the loosest gun laws in the nation. Despite conceal and carry being voted down by Missourians in the past the state legislature passed it anyway.
After that and more recently the legislature removed all of the common sense guidelines like not being able to take guns in bars, schools and churches.
Next up was a loosely worded Stand Your Ground law along with also loosely worded Castle doctrine. Think basically Wild West.
Well last week we had a perfect example of this bad mix come together.
It's a weekday afternoon and a few construction worker friends stop by a local bar for a few beers. In the bar they notice a couple fellow construction workers from a different company and strike up a conversation.
The four gentleman talk and share a few laughs and beers. They even exchange business cards in case one or the other needs help on a job sometime in the future.
The conversation leads away from work and onto random topics. One man states he has a German Shepard that is really big and weighs in at 290lbs. One of the guys laughs and says he can't believe it.
He states he is 325lbs and can't imagine a dog nearly his size let alone a German Shepard. The other man taken back by being called on this says he has the dog in his truck and invites the other man out to see it.
A little suspicious the first gentleman declines the offer finishes his beer and says goodbye as him and his friend move to another table sensing the conversation has gotten tense.
The man with the dog and his friend pay their bill and head to the door and out to the parking lot to presumable leave. But surprisingly walk back in 15 mins later and take a seat at the bar once again.
The first 2 gentleman notice this, finish their beers, pay their check and start to head out. When walking by the other pair the large man pats the dog guy on the shoulder and tells him "No hard feelings."
The man with the dog turns to the man and loudly refers to him as a "Fat Fuck". The large man stops, turns and walks back to the man and standing in front of him asks him why he would say that.
The dog guy pulls a gun from his jacket and shoots the man point blank five times in the chest killing him and also shooting his friend in the arm. Bartender comes around the bar, disarms the man and calls police.
The dead man has 3 children along with a wife at home who had just recently lost a prematurely born child.
Police arrest the shooter but quickly release him without charges citing the Stand your ground law.
The shooter had left the bar, retrieved a pistol from his truck, went back into the bar, initiated a conflict then blows the man away. He then states he felt threatened when the man walked back towards him and therefore by Missouri law legally killed him.
This my friends is what we have to look forward to.
Imagine the precedent this sets. You can be the aggressor and antagonize someone to a point where they react and then you have the right to kill them.
The basis for self defense is if you can possibly escape the situation you must first attempt to. Deadly force must always be a last resort. But due to our state legislator it can now be the first.
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