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3/8/2007

A Better East Texas: The Castle Doctrine

When criminals break into your house they intend to steal from you, do you bodily harm, or both. Usually they're trying to support a drug habit that brings them pleasure. So the only way to combat their drive for this pleasure is to create a greater sense of possible pain. If a criminal thinks they are going to be shot, or worse killed if they break into your home they may think twice before doing it.

Current Texas law requires a homeowner to make an attempt to escape before defending themself in their own home. That's placing the responsibility of the intruders decision on the innocent homeowner and that's not right.

Well, there's a new bill currenlty working its way through the Texas legislature called the "Castle Doctrine" which gives homeowners more rights in defending their property and loved ones. A similar law was passed in Oklahoma in the 90's and so far burglaries have been cut almost in half in that state. The Texas legislation currently has the support of all east texas legislators. You need to let them know how you feel about it.

Laws like this designed to help citizens collectively fight the criminal element will make this a better east texas.

Viewer Comments:

Brad, this will of interest re the Castle Doctrine.

I don't know the source or validity of this info, but

was of interest to me as Bob Delk is a long time friend.

We enjoy your comments and appeciate you and all the staff

st the station.

I'm sure we have been saying, for years, that this is what would happen.

Thanks, Charles

 

Australian Gun Law Update
 

Here's a thought to warm some of your hearts...

From: Ed Chenel, A police officer in Australia

Hi Yanks, I thought you all would like to see the real figures from Down Under.
It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced 
by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by
our own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.

The first year results are now in:

Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2  percent,

Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent ;

Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!

In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent.

(Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not and criminals still possess their guns!)

While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.

There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly, while the resident is at home.

Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in "successfully ridding Australian society of guns." You won't see this on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State Assembly disseminating this information.

The Australian experience speaks for itself. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note Americans, before it's too late!

DON'T BE A MEMBER OF THE SILENT MAJORITY.

BE ONE OF THE VOCAL MINORITY WHO WON'T LET THIS HAPPEN IN THE U.S.A

 



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