Dr. Helen on police shootings and stress
Article here. It may be an aspect of what Prof. Renee Lerner noted at the last 2nd Amendment seminar at George Mason Univ. -- a profound disconnect between attitudes of the intelligensia and the rest of us. The former views a defensive use of force, no matter how justified, as a matter of last resort, to be tightly controlled. The general public views it as "one rapist or robber or even burglar fewer -- that's a social good, who cares about the details of how it came about?"
I sent Prof. Lerner a bit of personal knowledge. I know a local prosecutor who, about 20 years ago, went to the County Attorney and proposed that they stop prosecuting homeowners who shot burglars in the back, which under state law is about the only no-no in that situation. He pointed out they'd taken three of those cases to trial in his time, and every one had ended in a unanimous acquittal. So far as local juries were concerned, it was open season on burglars, no bag limit. The County Attorney responded they had to prosecute, it was against the law. The prosecutor replied -- if juries universally acquit, it isn't against the law, for all practical purposes.