A man used his AR-15 to shoot and kill three armed home invaders in Oklahoma. The grandfather of one of those who armed themselves with a knife and brass knuckles says there was “no need” for him to use deadly force. The law, and reality, disagree
The grandfather of Jacob Redfearn believes shooting and killing the 17-year-old and his friends was not needed.
“What these three boys did was stupid,” said Leroy Schumacher.
Schumacher agrees his grandson and his friends made a bad decision, but not one worthy of deadly consequences.
“They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die,” said Schumacher.
I wish they had not died, I wish they had never entered that home. But they chose to kick in that door, they chose to arm themselves, they chose to put on masks. Would they have harmed the man who was in the home? Perhaps not, but is a resident supposed not defend himself? When three men in masks kick down your door, it is entirely reasonable that you fear for your life, and you have every right to use deadly force. And yes, you have every right to use an AR-15
Schumacher says his grandson didn’t have a chance. The 17-year old, he says, never got into trouble.
“Brass knuckles against an AR-15, come on, who was afraid for their life,” said Schumacher.
Yes brass knuckles, and knives, one of the intruders was carrying a knife are deadly weapons. What would the grandfather have the resident do? Ask the three masked men to wait while he gets his own knife? I feel for the grandfather, but the resident of that house did nothing wrong.
The homeowner’s son has not been charged with a crime. Deputies believe he fired in self-defense.
“There’s got to be a limit to that law, I mean he shot all three of them; there was no need for that,” said Schumacher.
Schumacher does say he supports the right to bear arms and protect your home. But he doesn’t agree with shooting and killing intruders.
So, it is OK to have a firearm, but it is not OK to use that firearm to defend yourself? Exactly how would someone protect themselves with a gun if they did not use it? Again, I understand the grief of this man, but blaming the intended victim?