It seems that Sebastian has been practicing reading my mind again, with this current piece on the Castle Doctrine.
This isn’t something I can get behind. Even under castle doctrine laws, it’s illegal an immoral to execute someone (and that is what you are doing, make no bones about it) for stealing your property. I am entirely in favor of people being able to use, and using deadly force to protect themselves and others. If you confront a car stereo thief, and he threatens you with a weapon, you are within your rights to use deadly force on your attacker. If he runs away with your car stereo, that’s a job for the police.
The entire entry is well worth reading, but the gist of it is that there are times where lethal force should not apply. There is a huge legal difference between someone being in your house at 2am, and someone stealing your car stereo in the light of day.
To cut to the meat of it, I don’t have any property that I am willing to take another person’s life over. End of discussion. I accept the possibility that I might have to shoot someone, but only in a situation where I believe that myself, my family, or Person X is in danger of death or grievous bodily harm.
Never over property. A stereo, TV, or pool table is not worth killing anyone, miscreant or otherwise.