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September 2, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

The meaning of self defense

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In response to Sandra Mary Smith’s letter “Self-defense claim doesn’t make sense”:

Chris Kyle was helping Eddie Routh, who had post-traumatic stress, so Kyle had no idea he was going to get shot.

Kyle might have thought that Routh, the alleged shooter, was even a friend.

When I think of self-defense, it is when some nut is trying to break into my house.

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  1. After freedom of speech, the right to self defense is the next greatest of all. The two [freedom of speech and self-defense] go hand in hand. You can't have one without the other.

    CarmineD

  2. Well Said Carmine!

  3. Self-defense goes way beyond someone breaking into your house. Killings by friends and intimates is very common, especially in places like Nevada.

    That being said the FBI reports roughly 200 cases of justifiable homicide per year. I believe there is something in the neighborhood of 400,000 gun crimes per year. Self-defense sounds good in theory but it's very difficult to pull off, whether it be on a gun range, someone breaking into your home or defending yourself against a violent husband.

  4. I don't understand why anyone would take a person with PTSD to a gun range without realizing the danger of initiating a flash back response. It was a really stupid thing to do.

  5. I carry a weapon just for self defense, period. It doesn't stop at your home it's everywhere in this sick world.

  6. fedup2here,

    "I carry a weapon just for self defense, period. It doesn't stop at your home it's everywhere in this sick world."

    Oh great! And how do we know your mental stability is such to make a correct determination of a threat? Did you have a comprehensive mental evaluation before you were given the right to carry?

    Anyone in public must assume that anyone carrying could be a criminal, a mentally disturbed individual, or anyone else. So, behave accordingly, or stay at home if you don't want to get caught in the crossfire.