Tue 1 Nov, 2011 05:50 pm
On April 25, Governor Mary Fallin signed into law a "Castle Doctrine"
expansion bill which went into effect today, November 1.
House Bill 1439 expands the right of an owner, manager, or employee
of a business to use deadly force if necessary against an intruder
when there is reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm.
This bill was authored by state Representative Steve Vaughan (R-37) and state Senator David Myers (R-20).
I believe that this law is morally defective
in that it shoud explicitly mention defense of property
as a proper reason to kill criminals who threaten it.
The legislation shoud express the value
that the lives of criminals who threaten property
are worth far, far, less than that property.
Indeed, the lives of violent criminals have anti-value.
That shoud be clearly recognized by the Legislature in the statute.
I wish that the statutes of other states
explicitly included defense of property
as one of the legal reasons justifying killing violent criminals who threaten it.