I’m glad some folks there are mad about this. This guy shoots and kills a robber that beat him and robbed his jewelry store. The store owner gets charged with a crime, and the Interior Minister has this to say: “…we have to let justice take its course.” That’s a fine approach, I guess, if you’re still alive to see it happen. With no ability to defend themselves, jewelry store owners are sitting ducks. Hope the judicial system comes to its senses and drops the charges against the store owner.
The liberal anti-gun crowd here in America would just as soon see it the same way here: “you don’t need a gun, the authorities can take care of that for you.” Only problem is, when you need protection in seconds, the police are minutes away, and it’s too late.
Outrage is growing in France over the decision to bring voluntary homicide charges against a jeweler who shot and killed an escaping robber, but the country’s top security official on Tuesday urged fearful storekeepers to let justice take its course.
The 67-year-old jeweler, Stephan Turk, was confined at home with an electronic bracelet after the shooting last week that left a teenage robber dead in the street outside Turk’s jewelry story in the French Riviera city of Nice. An accomplice escaped on a motorbike as the body lay in the street.
In a country where gun violence is rare but armed robbery is increasingly common, the shooting – and the formal charges of voluntary homicide – have placed the government in a difficult position.”Even when faced with the unbearable, we have to let justice prevail,” Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday in Nice, where he was sent by the president a day after a protest by hundreds of Turk’s supporters.
Jewelers in southern France say they’re being targeted as never before and lack the resources to protect themselves.
via News from The Associated Press.