Skip to comments.Nebraska's Self Defense Law Could Change With New Bill
Posted on 01/24/2012 10:47:07 AM PST by marktwain
You're home may be considered you're castle but legally in Nebraska you're not allowed to stand your ground if an intruder breaks in but lawmakers are trying to change that.
Imagine. You're lying in bed and you hear your door get broken into and then you hear the terrifying footsteps of someone walking down the hallway toward your room. You're first thought might be to protect yourself but legally in Nebraska that's not your first option.
"Right now the current law in the state of Nebraska requires that you retreat from the assailant or the source of danger," said Deputy Penny Kleinberg from the Dakota County Sheriff's Office.
In fact, as the law is written in Nebraska right now if you harm your attacker inside your home, that person could actually sue you if you didn't try to retreat before defending yourself. And for the people I spoke with that could be difficult.
"It would because I live in a duplex and it would be hard to try to even get out through the back way," said Marlene Awiszus.
And Chris Bengtson says, "If someone breaks in my house I'm going to want to defend myself and my family and my property."
That's why senators in Nebraska's Judiciary Committee will review a bill that would allow you to defend yourself and even use deadly force as long as there's a real threat to your life or others around you.
Kleinberg says, "You need to understand who the perpetrator is in this situation and what type of harm there is and that takes a lot of quick thinking."
The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to review the bill this Wednesday at the Nebraska capital.
“Right now the current law in the state of Nebraska requires that you retreat from the assailant or the source of danger,”
Just plain ridiculous.
It’s astounding Nebraska has such liberal laws.
Glad that is changing.
It’s also astounding that a “journalist” has such poor grasp of the English language that the first sentence begins, “You’re home may be considered you’re castle...”
God gives me the right to protect my family with every resource at my disposal.
The author misuses the word "you're" two other times within this story--three in all by my count. It's a wonder the author didn't just substitute "ur" -- the common text abbreviation when the person doesn't know either way!
In Nevada, we go a step further than 'Castle Doctrine', in that we have 'No Duty To Retreat', regardless of where attack takes place. This is whether you're on foot, at home, in your car, in your kayak out on the lake, whilst skiing the back country, or any other situation you can name. Every place your body is, that's your 'domicile'.
Last year I heard a noise next to the house one evening and gravel being rustled around, so I went to investigate with my flashlight-tipped shotgun. It was just an owl nabbing up a field mouse by the side of the house and it had already taken flight the moment I cracked the back patio door to have a look. All I saw was an owl butt flying away on wide spread wings. Sure sounded like a prowler, and my investigation was not for nothing.
Point is that I can sally forth with the old scattergun to go have a look-see, if I choose.
Mostly, I do believe that finding a way to escape trouble is the preferable option in all cases. I just take extreme offense to government demanding it of me. Who do they think they are?
We see here, folks who don't know the difference between:
then - than
to - too
their - there - they're
Don’t forget the copy editor, who should have caught it, then the page or section editor.
And the journalist may have had ti correct, but one person down the line incorrectly changed it.
ti? Please forgive me but you made me laugh out loud.
I transpose more when I type on my tablet.
But I also don’t make a living at it (ti) either.
I know the difference quite well, but that doesn't prevent me from making typos when posting. I have often inadvertently typed in there for their or vice versa. The mind is a marvelously complicated place, and typing is considerably done in the subconscious. If I do not check carefully, I find it easy for homophone errors to creep in.
Supposedly, Thomas Jefferson said that it is a poor mind that cannot think of more than one way to spell a word.
thx that good two no