Theodore P. Wafer was found guilty today of second degree murder. The lesson here is to plan out your home defense thoroughly and have a clear system for answering your door that minimizes your risk of both assault and a negligent discharge.
More and more this case looks like a tragedy that did not need to happen. The homeowner is in deep trouble for his failure to prepare.
Some preliminary lessons:
- Mentally run through likely scenarios and incorporate “No-Shoot” and “Shoot outcomes”
- Mentally preparing yourself will make you less “jumpy”
- There is no such thing as an “accidental discharge” only a negligent discharge.
- It sounds like Theodore Wafer may have had his finger on the shotgun trigger when he was not ready to fire.
- If someone is frantically pounding on your front door, hold your fire and assess the situation.
- It looks like Theodore Wafer may have acted rashly on limited information about the situation as well.
- Assess the situation and see who it is at the door.
- Prepare your home in advance to maximize your advantage
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