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#16 xrobwx

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 00:03

Nowhere I've read does it say it was a screen door.

 

 

Jurors rejected Theodore Wafer's claim that he acted in self-defense when he fired a shotgun through his screen door at Renisha McBride, 19, in November.

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 08:48

:)

 

And that's from where?



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 13:44

Third line in the OP.



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 13:59

He shot through the screen door, yes, but he didn't throw open the main door. He opened it just enough to fit the shotgun barrel though.

 

In any case he got what he deserved. Keep the door shut, Open it and tell them to get off the property, call 911, whatever.. don't just open fire at someone outside your house without a damn good reason.



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 14:06

If some crazy person was banging on my door in the middle of the night, I would want to have a trap door installed on my front porch so that they could be contained until police arrive.



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 15:25

^ not a bad idea.

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 22:44

If some crazy person was banging on my door in the middle of the night, I would want to have a trap door installed on my front porch so that they could be contained until police arrive.

Makes a lot more sense than blindly firing a shotgun out through a gap in the door..

 

He's lucky he only hit her, and not the houses across the street or something.



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 22:58

He deserved all of this...

 

If you're ever in this situation you should create a safe distance between you and the door (including with proper cover) while constantly informing the other person that you have no intention of opening the door. From the safe distance you can keep your firearm at the ready while calling the police on speakerphone... If the person forcibly enters the door before the police arrive then you have the drop on them and you are in a position to safely engage. There is no threat until they enter your home and since they don't know where you are you can do a great job maintaining your safety without doing something as stupid as this.

 

If he actually shot "accidentally" as he claims then he was even more of an idiot (if that is even possible). Proper gun handling is a must and should be done at all times.

 

  1. Never point a gun at anything you don't intend to kill
  2. Always index. Never put your finger on the trigger unless you plan on pulling it.

Obviously, there are more simple rules, but those two he violated are some of the most important.



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 22:59

Makes a lot more sense than blindly firing a shotgun out through a gap in the door..

He's lucky he only hit her, and not the houses across the street or something.


It was a shotgun, probably loaded with bird shot. At that range it wouldn't get through the siding. Maybe crack a window. Buckshot probably, a slug definitely, but most people use bird shot.

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 23:07

What amuses me is that he claimed he thought the gun was unloaded. If that's the case, why aim the gun and pull the trigger on an empty weapon? If it's unloaded it's kinda pointless to pull the trigger, isn't it?



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 02:33

To frighten off an intruder, as some on this forum have suggested in the past vs shooting them. This shows the fallacy of that idea - it's prone to oopsies.

It also shows the problem of poor gun handling - you don't put your finger into the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot. You place it along the guns receiver.

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 16:12

So the guy got 17 years for the shooting...

 

http://www.foxnews.c...porch-shooting/



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 16:31

About what was for the circumstances, though he could have been sentenced to natural life.