A citizen stopped the shooting in Texas. How close to vigilantism?
The reports that I have read about the events in Sutherland Springs, Texas, indicate that the shooter was engaged by an armed citizen as he was leaving the church, and that the armed citizen then pursued the shooter in a truck. Was it lawful for the armed citizen to chase after the shooter, or should he have left that to law enforcement? At what point does self-defense or defending others end and vigilantism begin? Perhaps legal experts could enlighten us on Minnesota’s laws in this regard.
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The Star Tribune Editorial Board has expressed its admiration for the Japanese policy of totally banning private ownership of handguns (“Thoughts, prayers aren’t good enough,” Nov. 7). There are 300 million handguns in private ownership in this country. Former president Barack Obama once stated that there are those of us whose values support a culture of God and guns, which you have told us in your editorials is inadequate. Tell us what policy you would carry out here. Repeal the Second Amendment? Raids? Arrests? Prosecution? Now that we know what the Japanese think, how about publishing the opinions of those of us in this country who oppose their views and believe that the best way to deal with bad people with guns is good people with guns. We not only support the Second Amendment. We support the First Amendment