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Yoshi Hattori

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by sigfan2022, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. sigfan2022


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    Hey Mas,

    I just wanted your input on the Yoshi Hattori incident (I keep on finding conflicting reports on it and I know the wikipedia article on the bottom is not a good place to look for facts). Did you do any research on this particular incident which may have not been explained in the wikipedia article? Some of my Japanese friends mentioned it to me "they are not gun people because of that incident". Something tells me I cannot really convince them to go out on the range with me to try shooting a 22 because of it, much less can they grasp the need for a gun for self defense. I have also read that this incident has also given a big push to the Brady Campaign and Shocked Japan. In that Japan has extremely strict gun control. Do you believe that this is one of those extremely rare cases of of "excusable homicide"? Doing more research I believe that the homeowner should have never came out of his house to "face-off" against the threat. It was a bit of a shock to me that jury did not find him guilty for man slaughter. And the "shoot the burglar" statute is this just an extension of the Castle Doctrine? Personally If i was in the same situation as the homeowner and the situation was desperate I would have put the house on lock down, gather my family and arm whoever is capable of competently using a firearm, grab a weapon for myself and call the cops.

    Wikipedia Article

    Two months into his stay in the United States, he received an invitation, along with Webb Haymaker, his homestay brother, to a Halloween party organized for Japanese exchange students on October 17, 1992. Hattori went dressed in a tuxedo in imitation of John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever. Upon their arrival in the quiet working class neighborhood where the party was held, the boys mistook the Peairs' residence for their intended destination due to the similarity of the address and the Halloween decorations on the outside of the house, and proceeded to step out of their car and walk to the front door. (Fujio 2004; Harper n.d.)
    Hattori and Haymaker rang the front doorbell but, seemingly receiving no response, began to walk back to their car. Meanwhile, inside the house, their arrival had not gone unnoticed. Bonnie Peairs had peered out the side door and saw them. Mrs. Peairs, startled, retreated inside, locked the door, and said to her husband, "Rodney, get your gun." Hattori and Haymaker were walking to their car when the carport door was opened again, this time by Mr. Peairs. He was armed with a loaded and cocked .44 magnum revolver. He pointed it at Hattori, and yelled "Freeze." Simultaneously, Hattori, likely thinking he said "please," stepped back towards the house, saying "We're here for the party." Haymaker, seeing the weapon, shouted after Hattori, but Peairs fired his weapon at point blank range at Hattori, hitting him in the chest, and then ran back inside. (Kernodle 2002; Fujio 2004; Harper n.d.) Haymaker rushed to Hattori, badly wounded and lying where he fell, on his back. Haymaker ran to the home next door to the Peairs' house for help. Neither Mr. Peairs nor his wife came out of their house until the police arrived, about 40 minutes after the shooting. Mrs. Peairs shouted to a neighbor to "go away" when the neighbor called for help. One of Peairs' children later told police that her mother asked, "Why did you shoot him?"
    The shot had pierced the upper and lower lobes of Hattori's left lung, and exited through the area of the seventh rib; he died in the ambulance minutes later, from loss of blood
    Peairs testified in a flat, toneless drawl, breaking into tears several times. A police detective testified that Peairs had said to him, "Boy, I messed up; I made a mistake."

    The defense argued that Peairs was in large part reacting reasonably to his wife's panic. Peairs' wife testified for an hour describing the incident, during which she also broke into tears several times. "He was coming real fast, and it just clicked in my mind that he was going to hurt us. I slammed the door and locked it. I took two steps into the living room, where Rod could see me and I could see him. I told him to get the gun." Peairs did not hesitate or question her, but instead went to retrieve a handgun with a laser sight that was stored in a suitcase in the bedroom, which he said "was the easiest, most accessible gun to me."
    "There was no thinking involved. I wish I could have thought. If I could have just thought," Mrs. Peairs said.[4]

    The trial lasted seven days. After the jurors deliberated for three and a quarter hours, Peairs was acquitted under Louisiana's "Kill the burglar" statute.

    Thanks for your time
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

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    The Wikipedia account is not incorrect per se, but leaves some things out. Mr. Hattori had a small camera in his hand and,since he was apparently acting out break-dancing moves (he was dressed for the costume party as John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever), he appeared to the homeowner like someone on drugs, moving crazily with what appeared in the poor light to be a gun in his hand. When he continued to advance, the homeowner fired. Since the standard of judgment is "what would a reasonable and prudent person have done, in the exact same situation, knowing what the defendant knew," the acquittal is understandable.