In Texas, State Representative Terry Meza (D-Irving) has introduced
HB196. Her bill would repeal the state’s “castle doctrine.” This
doctrine allows a homeowner to use deadly force against an armed
intruder who breaks into his home.
“I’m not saying that stealing is okay,*** “Meza explained. “All I’m
saying is that it doesn’t warrant a death penalty. Thieves only carry
weapons for self-protection and to provide the householder an
incentive to cooperate. They just want to get their loot and get
away. When the resident tries to resist is when people get hurt. If
only one side is armed fewer people will be killed.”
Meza was quick to reassure that her bill “would not totally prevent
homeowners from defending themselves.
Under the new law the homeowner’s obligation is to flee the home at
the first sign of intrusion. If fleeing is not possible he must
cooperate with the intruder. But if violence breaks out it is the
homeowner’s responsibility to make sure no one gets hurt.
The best way to achieve this is to use the minimum non-lethal force
possible because intruders will be able to sue for any injuries they
receive at the hands of the homeowner.”
“In most instances the thief needs the money more than the homeowner
does,” Meza reasoned. “The homeowner’s insurance will reimburse his
losses. On balance, the transfer of property is likely to lead to a
more equitable distribution of wealth. If my bill can help make this
transfer a peaceful one, so much the better.”
**** Actually, I think that is exactly what she’s saying, don’t you?
HONESTLY: I thought this was one of those silly news satire things like from Babylon Bee….
It isn’t. Help me. OH MY GOD.