Never bring a Bud to a gun fight:
In a case that has dragged on since the day after Christmas, a jury has found a man justified in breaking out an AK-47 in his home when confronted with threatening, rock- and beer-throwing assailants.
One of the two men threatening Edward Doug Smith the night of Dec. 26 also urinated on his porch in the confrontation that began with the exchange of text message insults.
Paris Thornton and Robert Crozier were arrested after fleeing the scene when Smith was pushed to the point he fired two shots from his automatic rifle through his open front doorway, police say.
No one was hit, and the bullets ended up in Smith’s front lawn.
The assailants had just ducked out of the doorway after forcing their way into Smith’s Roy home several times after pounding on the door, screaming threats.
Thornton had thrown a full beer can at Smith, hitting him in the back. The pair had also been throwing rocks at the house and car.
“It’s classic ‘Castle Doctrine,’ ” said Smith’s lawyer, Stephen Allred. “Your home is your castle. You have a right to defend it.”
Don’t even get me going on the idiot reporter’s “automatic weapon” comment.
If someone breaks into your home with the intention of splitting your melon with any weapon—full can of beer, rock, dirty underwear, a Lady Gaga song—you should have the unquestioned right to fire upon them. In many states, Castle Doctrine is written in a way to make it explicit that if someone is breaking into your home, you have every right to view them as a deadly threat and may respond against them with deadly force to stop the threat.
The prosecutor never should have brought this case.