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Man shoots sex offender attempting home invasion; Columbus Dispatch describ

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    Man shoots sex offender attempting home invasion; Columbus Dispatch describes aggressor as "victim"

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    Submitted by cbaus on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 15:00. Guns in the News
    By Gerard Valentino

    Yet another potential home invasion ended with an honest law-abiding citizen using a gun for self-defense. According to The Columbus Dispatch, a convicted sex offender was shot while trying to break into an apartment and died from his injuries.

    From the story:

    Columbus police yesterday identified the victim in a Friday night shooting on the Northeast Side as Charles R. Sprague, 35, of Columbus.

    Sprague was shot while trying to break into an apartment at 5764 Cooper Rd., said detective James Day of the homicide squad. A man inside the apartment fired shots because he felt threatened by Sprague, Day said.

    "It appeared that the victim in this incident was the aggressor and that the shooter was acting in self-defense," Day said. "He'd actually tried to force his way into the apartment at the back door when this occurred."

    Clearly, nobody wins when a criminal forces an honest person to use deadly force. However, considering the alternatives if the home invasion had been successful, this was a far better outcome.

    It is never acceptable to describe a home invader as the "victim." The shooter in this case is the victim. His home was the target of a criminal invasion and he was the one attacked. He was forced into a situation where he needed to defend his life from a criminal, a predator.

    The fact remains that when an honest person is forced to shoot someone in self-defense there are consequences. Some end up with post-traumatic stress disorder and some are even ostracized by their own friends and family if they've killed another human being. Often, the stigma of having killed affects all aspects of the law-abiding citizen's life.

    There is also the uncertainty of being run through the criminal justice system even though it would seem to be a formality in clear-cut cases of self-defense. Still, this shooter has to live under the cloud of having his actions put before a grand jury.

    Anyone not familiar with how the process works is likely going to be apprehensive and is likely going to have to retain an attorney which adds financial burden to an emotionally taxing situation. Even if the shooter is cleared completely by the police and grand jury the fact remains that a law-abiding citizen had his life turned upside down through no fault of his own.

    Clearly, that makes the shooter in this case a victim in the truest sense of the word. He didn't ask for a convicted sex offender to invade his home and he did what any honest person would do when in fear for their own life.

    Describing the person who put the entire series of unfortunate events in motion as the victim is also unjust. Instead, the criminal should be described as the aggressor or perpetrator because, despite the fact that he lost his life, he is anything but a victim.

    Gerard Valentino is a member of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation Board of Directors and his first book, The Valentino Chronicles – Observations of a Middle Class Conservative, is available through the Buckeye Firearms Association store.

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    From a journalism standpoint he is the victim of a shooting, as the article says. The homeowner that shot him was a victim of a home invasion. The use of the word victim in this situation as it pertains to the guy breaking in is simply to illustrate that he was a person who had an action taken against him.

    Victim of a shooting.

    The incident that Detective Day and the article are reporting on is the shooting. The victim of the shooting is the guy breaking in. If they were reporting on the incident as simply a home invasion then the home owner would be described as a victim.
     
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    gotta love the friggen liberal "Communist Dispatch"
     
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    From BuckeyeFirearms.org on this same article: "Clearly, that makes the shooter in this case a victim in the truest sense of the word. He didn't ask for a convicted sex offender to invade his home and he did what any honest person would do when in fear for their own life.

    Describing the person who put the entire series of unfortunate events in motion as the victim is also unjust. Instead, the criminal should be described as the aggressor or perpetrator because, despite the fact that he lost his life, he is anything but a victim."

    amen brother. Perp. Perv Perp even. Not victim.
     
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    Everyone read this carefully. Describing him as a victim is entirely accurate.
     
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    I disagree with anyone being classified as a victim when they knew the consequences that may happen once they choose to take the route of a home invader.
     
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    Well said amigo! :wavey:
     
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    I would too if they were doing it saying it in a manner so as to take a stance on who was right or wrong in the situation. But they aren't doing that. They are simply illustrating who was the recipient of an action... an action that is the main story of the article... the shooting.

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    You are confusing the two definitions of victim. If there is a car accident where one person is at fault but both drivers are injured, they are both victims of a traffic accident. Same with a shooting. This definition does not place blame, it just describes a condition.

    The second definition of victim does include a component of innocence as in the victim of a swindle, home invasion, burglary or other crime.

    The perp was a victim of a gunshot wound and the homeowner was a victim of a home invasion.
     
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    ...but how often will we hear from that side of the story with the liberal media? No, we gun owners are the bad guys in the media's eyes.
     
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    Aha, the shootee ... not the shooter. :cool:
     
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    Sprague was shot outside the apartment, which is in a three-unit building between Minerva Park and Westerville. He died shortly after 10 p.m. at Mount Carmel St. Ann's hospital.

    Sprague was a registered sex offender with a criminal history that includes a 2006 conviction for gross sexual imposition. He served a sentence of a year and a half at Madison Correctional Institution before his release in November 2007. He was still under the Adult Parole Authority's supervision, state prison records show.

    Day said the shooter told investigators that he fought with Sprague, who was nearly twice his size, and tried to convince him to leave before firing shots.

    Detectives released the shooter after questioning. The case will be sent to the Franklin County grand jury for review.


    http://www.dispatch.com/live/conten...n-killed-during-break-in-attempt.html?sid=101

    Sounds like another POS got what he deserved.
     
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    we gun owners are evil in the eyes of the liberals (and liberal media). Make no mistake...
     
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    They report on victims of home invasions plenty of times. However when that home invasion turns into a home/self defense shooting then obviously that shooting becomes the bigger, better story in their eyes... which is what the paper/station will want to go for to capture readers and viewers. Thus they describe the backstory provided for it, which would be the home invasion, but the main subject... the shooting would be the main focus and still be described as having a victim.
     
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    I agree, but the story in discussion is not a good example of that.
     
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    If a person is hurt or killed during the commission of a crime, I don't think of him as a victim. In this instance, the use of victim was correct english but not the way I would have described it....VERY BAD GUY GETS KILLED DURING HOME INVASION AS VICTIM DEFENDS HIMSELF. Remember the bad guy had the choice to walk away but chose not too.
     
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    Where does it insinuate that in the article? If anything it is inferring that he was right to shoot, not only by including the quote from Detective Day but by including the information of his past crimes... which could, as seen, very easily add more to reader interpretation.

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    Victim not a victim, who cares, the important part is that there is one less evil person in this world. They say what goes around comes around and the fact that this guy was a sex offender who tried to invade someone's home and cause god knows what kind of harm to them, well guess what it came around.Piss on em.
     
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    What about liberal gun owners? Are they evil in their own eyes? There's plenty of conservatives that feel gun owners are evil too. Not everything is black or white.
     
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    Haven't met one yet. Kinda like an honest politician - pretty rare!