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Unjustifiable homicide

EDITOR: I don't know whether to praise or condemn a recent letter writer for supporting handgun magazines that hold 10 rounds or more ("Ten isn't enough," Monday). Evidently shooting somebody 10 times is the most effective way to kill somebody.

The writer goes on to offer advice on how to justify such carnage and how to excuse oneself to law enforcement and media personnel.

I seriously doubt that this person has ever killed anybody. If he has, he wouldn't be so cavalier about it. Taking a life can cause serious emotional trauma that can gnaw at a person for a long time.

There is one other disadvantage to this writer's plan that he did not mention. The overkill he advocates can fall within the realm of criminal activity, if inflicted against an unarmed and/or non-threatening individual (most burglars and intruders are unarmed.) Shooting and killing just a perceived threat or one who is fleeing is unjustifiable homicide.


<i>Santa Rosa</i>

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