On one hand, bravo! As kjrh.com reports. Charles Sweeny defended his home successfully. The armed American put criminals in his neighborhood on notice that they face aeration should they attempt to rob him or, by extension, people like him. Mr. Sweeny’s no-PTSD proclamation may encourage other law-abiding Okies to take up arms in their own defense. As well they should. On the other hand, Sweeny’s muy macho mea culpa gives ammunition to gun grabbers looking to promote the idea that firearms owners are, to a man, trigger-happy Clint Eastwood wanna-be’s. Meh. But why rattle the cage of the perp’s pals? And consider this: the real danger to these post-game pronouncements lies in a court of law, not in the court of public opinion . . .
In some states, so-called Stand Your Ground laws prohibit a civil action against a citizen cleared of criminal culpability in a defensive gun use (DGU) where the state deemed the shooting was justified. Mr. Sweeny’s Oklahoma is one of those states. Here’s the no-money shot from the OK with me statute:
F. A person who uses force, as permitted pursuant to the provisions of subsections B and D of this section, is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force. As used in this subsection, the term “criminal prosecution” includes charging or prosecuting the defendant.
If however, you don’t live in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, you could be facing a civil trial for a shooting, regardless of criminal culpability.
And maybe even if you do. And, lest we forget, George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges before he was charged with Murder 2. All sorts of strange things can happen in that strange world where politics, law and money meet. The safest bet: STFU after a DGU.