Once again, we have handwringing when some young asshole, as the saying goes, “fucks around and gets found out”. In this particular case, we’re supposed to get upset when a drunken college kid gets shot because he thought he was trying to get into his own home at 2am, but it wasn’t; and the actual homeowner shot and killed him.
That’s how the media paints it, of course, but that’s not actually how it panned out:
Nicholas Anthony Donofrio, 20, died early Saturday after knocking, banging, and kicking on the front door of the man who shot him when he broke the glass window and tried to manipulate the doorknob.
Frankly, I’d have done precisely the same thing under the circumstances — and I bet there are more than a few of my Readers nodding in agreement.
Anyway, sanity has prevailed:
A police news release added that the investigation determined the shooter – who legally owned the firearm – was covered by South Carolina’s so-called ‘Stand Your Ground’ law and no charges will be filed.
I don’t know what this “legally owned the firearm” business is, unless that’s some South Carolina thing I’m unaware of.
Whatever, it’s a tragedy; but when you’re an underage drunk trying to bust into a house, there might well be a shooting. The kid thought he was trying to get into his own house, but that’s not how it appeared to the actual homeowner.
And if the kid’s family wants to sue someone, they should start with the booze company (just kidding, they shouldn’t be thinking of suing anybody).