Monday, April 10, 2017

According to NBC News, an AR 15 used in Self-Defense is still just a Weapon of Mass Murder

By Doug Book, Editor

In late March, 3 masked teens were shot dead after breaking into a private residence in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The homeowner’s son—Zach Peters-- heard a commotion coming from the living room. Fearing for his father’s safety, he grabbed his rifle and shot the 3 intruders. Each was pronounced dead at the scene.

These are the principal facts as they took place at the Peters’ residence. But NBC News apparently believed this information was not quite instructive enough for its viewing audience. So the network decided it must embellish the story; that is, educate viewers about the evils of the AR 15, whether it is used in self-defense or as the weapon of mass murder everyone at NBC knows it to be.  

And the network’s assault on the “assault” weapon began with the title of the story by Avalon Zappo:

Oklahoma Man Uses AR-15 to Kill Three Teen Home Intruders

What does the type of rifle have to do with a shooting which police and the D.A. have classified as self-defense?

The author continues with: The AR-15 was the weapon used in mass shootings such as Newtown, the Aurora movie theater in Colorado and San Bernardino.”

It appears that author Zappo is a little confused. In the case of Zach Peters, the rifle was used by the victim of the crime, not the perpetrator[s]. Indeed, acting in self-defense, Peters shot 3 masked individuals who broke into his home. How do his actions compare in ANY WAY with those of the lunatics who committed murder in Newtown, San Bernardino or Colorado?

Why did NBC News decide to put Mr. Peters on trial for his choice of weapons? 

And now, Leroy Schumacher, the grandfather of one of the individuals who broke into the Peters home, has decided that what his grandson—Jacob Redfearn—did was “stupid,” but that he “did not deserve to die.”  
Jacob Redfearn

“There’s got to be a limit to that law, I mean he [Peters] shot all three of them; there was no need for that," said Schumacher.

The law Schumacher refers to is the Oklahoma Stand Your Ground Law, which makes it legal to respond with deadly force to a criminal who has broken into your Oklahoma residence and from whom you fear “imminent peril of death or great bodily harm.” 

Schumacher went on to maintain that his grandson never got into trouble. Moreover, his shooting death by Zach Peters was simply “unfair” as Redfearn and his accomplices had been armed with nothing more than a knife and a set of brass knuckles. Evidently Peters failed to take an objective inventory of the masked intruder’s weapons prior to pulling the trigger.

How often has it been claimed by family members of a felon that their poor, misunderstood relative had never before been in trouble with the law? 

So a 17 year old “who never got into trouble” is suddenly dead; the victim of a crazed homeowner who was callous enough to use a weapon which always kills. 

Thank goodness NBC was around to explain what really happened! Otherwise some damned fool might have believed these poor kids had actually been guilty of a crime.


  1. Don't conflate SYG with Castle Doctrine. They are two entirely separate concepts within law. Specifically, in this situation, the burglars were discovered by the homeowner's son within the property ("Castle" -- get it???), having made forcible entry in the daylight hours. The son held the same rights as the property owner to self-defense against any intruder to the home (Castle -- are you getting this yet???). Having breached the standard protection against intrusion, the intruders are determined, at law, to have violent intent that can be met with lethal force with no warning while within the home (Castle -- we're on the same page now, right???).

    There should be no limit to that law. Entering an occupied dwelling by force cancels any expectation of safe passage and all the Castle Doctrine does is codify well-established common law. The grandfather is upset at losing a family member yet is unable to understand that such choices can have deadly consequences.

    1. To Amused Bystander,
      Yes, thank you. I "get it." I spoke of Oklahoma's Stand Your Ground Law because that is the statute which was discussed in the article written by Avalon Zappo on behalf of NBC.

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