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Old November 17, 2012, 12:40 PM   #38
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
Location: California - San Francisco
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Originally Posted by jhenry
I am failing to see any issue with this woman doing what she did to protect her child and herself...
Except that she and her child were most likely not in any physical danger and could have left the area. That means that a threat with lethal force was most likely not legally justified.

I know we all find it very pleasing that this woman was able to send a pervert scurrying. The mental image of him startled by her display of a gun is very satisfying. We like these kinds of happy endings. But that doesn't make this incident a good illustration of an appropriate use of lethal force in self defense.

She'll probably suffer no legal repercussions. But that will most likely be more a question of politics.
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