Three teenagers recently broke into a
home in Oklahoma, and were shot with lethal force by the homeowner.
Regardless of the law of the right to bear arms, where any homeowner
retains the right to use lethal force, the use of this recent violence is being called into question by Leroy Schumacher, grandfather of one of the boys.
Three teenagers, aged 18, 17 and 16,
broke into the Peters family home armed only with brass knuckles. The
homeowner’s son, Zach Peters, exchanged some words with the teenagers
when they broke into his home. After this, Zach killed all three teens
using an AR15 gun.
Authorities believe Zach was acting
within the “self-defense clause”, where should a person break into your
house, the use of lethal defense is allowed. In the aftermath of this
crime, the families of all three teenagers are left wondering if
authorities will consider a different charge against Zach Peters.
One of the teenagers’ grandfathers,
Leroy Schumacher, believes all three boys actions were not
intelligent. He doesn’t think the violence used against them was
warranted, and that the defense was unfair. Leroy reminds everyone that
they were just teenagers, and perhaps the use of lethal force against
boys was unjustified.
The right to bear arms has been a
controversial hot topic as of late, given American rise in civilian
shootings, and the idea of using an assault rifle to defend
yourself seems disproportionate to some. The weapon Zach used, a Colt
AR-15, is a lightweight gas-fed, magazine fed, semi-automatic rifle.
This particular gun was also used during the Newtown shooting, and the
Aurora movie theater shooting in Colorado during the Dark Knight Rises release.
In addition to the break and enter
charges, 21-Year-Old Elizabeth Rodriguez, who drove the getaway car, is
being charged with burglary, and three counts of first-degree
murder. The court places blame on her shoulders for driving the teens to
the crime, therefore putting them in the line of danger. Leroy Schumacher wishes everyone involved would have shown more restraint and intelligence before committing their crimes.