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I KNOW WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE . . . AND SO DO YOU


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Howard Galganov

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WHO’S MARKUS KAARMA OF MISSOULA?

There’s a National Debate over a shooting incident in Missoula, Montana, where a homeowner (Markus Kaarma) SHOT and KILLED a “young man” (Diren Dede) . . . who is described by the media as a 17-year old German Exchange Student, who came UNINVITED into the garage of Markus Kaarma in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

The DEBATE amongst the media . . . and between the lawyers, is whether the HOMEOWNER planned to commit murder, by setting-up a CONDITION that lured the “young man” into the Homeowner’s Garage.

HERE ARE SOME FACTS:

1 – Montana has a Castle Doctrine, which allows people to use EXTREME force to stop a CRIME in PROCESS and protect oneself, whether or NOT he or she believes that his or her life is in danger in HIS OR HER OWN HOME.

2 - Markus Kaarma has had his home broken into several times over a short period of time, to the extent that he installed sensors, alarms and cameras.

3 – On the night of the shooting, the HOMEOWNER’S garage had been left open with the purse of the HOMEOWNER’S wife being in plain sight.

4 – According to a friend of the DECEASED . . . the DECEASED broke into the garage, supposedly in search of liquor, when the HOMEOWNER opened fire with his Shotgun.

The DECEASED’S friend . . . also added that breaking into untended garages in the middle of the night, in search of liquor or whatever, was something the “students” did for kicks on a routine basis.

SO HERE’S THE ARGUMENT FROM THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY:

1 – The HOMEOWNER set a trap to lure an intruder inside, for the EXPRESS purpose of killing that person. AND THAT MAKES IT MURDER.

2 – The HOMEOWNER’S life was never in jeopardy.

3 – The HOMEOWNER made no attempt to capture or scare the teenager away, or to call the police, before the HOMEOWNER opened fire.

4 – Some neighbors of the HOMEOWNER have described him as being a scary guy who frightened even them.

HERE’S THE ARGUMENT FROM THE HOMEOWNER:

1 – He had made all manner of efforts to protect himself and his wife from home invaders.

2 – He had no idea who had entered his garage in the dark of night, and was in fear for his life. And that’s why he opened fire.

HERE’S MY ARGUMENT:

The DECEASED had no business whatsoever being in the HOMEOWNER’S Garage, whether the door was open or shut. Whether there was a visible purse for the “taking”. Or whether it was night or day.

NONE OF THE FOLLOWING MAKES A DIFFERENCE:

The Media and the Prosecutor want to show the DECEASED as being a YOUNG MAN, who was an exchange student from Germany, who was just doing some stupid stuff with other teenagers.

AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED . . . It doesn’t matter if he was a young man, or an exchange student, White, Black or Asian. It didn’t even matter what the gender was. And it doesn’t matter if this was just a teenage “prank”.

All that matters . . . is that the DECEASED broke into someone’s home.

When I was a “kid”, like most kids . . . I also did some STUPID THINGS, but I never burglarized someone’s home, shop or store. Or entered someone’s property uninvited or unannounced . . . AND I NEVER STOLE ANYTHING.

It’s too bad this kid is dead. And perhaps the HOMEOWNER did set a trap, and his REAL intention was to KILL AN INTRUDER.

But . . . none of that would matter if the DECEASED did NOT enter the SHOOTER’S home.

ALSO . . . IN DEFENSE OF THE HOMEOWNER:

Even though he MIGHT have set this whole thing up. He had no idea what was in the heart of the person who broke into his home. AND HE HAD NO OBLIGATION TO FIND OUT.

THE BOTTOM LINE FOR ME IS SIMPLE:

The DECEASED was singularly responsible for his own death. And anyone in Montana, who might think about breaking into someone’s house, as a result of this Castle Doctrine, would do very well to think long and hard before doing it.

AND THAT’S NOT A BAD THING.

Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov

YOUR COMMENTS:

Please be careful of what you see online. A previous commenter mentioned they'd see a poster of "A mother should not fear for her sons life every time he robs a store." This was proven a clever photoshop done by someone that likes to stir the pot. As for this shooter he may be in the right but he's opened himself to a very expensive legal defense and possibly a civil suit.

Posted On: 12/18/2014 2:45:35 AMCraig M Walker, Eudora, Ks

I can tell you it would not have happened to my Son because I raised him properly. If it had been my Son I would have been in total shock. What I'm trying to say is once again, "Parents where are you."

Posted On: 12/17/2014 9:29:53 PMPatricia Garcia-Kenney, Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States

"Breathe Easy Don't Break The Law"

Posted On: 12/17/2014 8:26:21 PMMary Johnson, West Plains MO

In states with the Castle Doctrine the full responsibility for any result of invading the property of another falls upon the perpetrator. The District or State Attorney is pissing in the wind in an attempt to build himself a reputation. The perp entered the property uninvited and suffered the consequences of his own stupidity. I have no sympathy for those whose pain is self inflicted.

Posted On: 12/17/2014 6:52:00 PMBob Wuench, Linden, Virginia

I'm no bleeding heart and I believe in one's right to protect oneself. I loathe reading about home owners charged after beating the hell out of intruders etc. A stupid kid like millions of other stupid kids, perhaps even your own, that do stupid things when with peers. They dont deserve to lose their lives because of it. If I close my eyes and imagine, you all sound like a bunch of hardline mullahs calling for someone's hand to be cut off for taking a slice of bread. Reality check time people.

Posted On: 12/17/2014 6:43:02 PMJoel Goldman, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I just read a poster held by a black man that said "No mother should have to fear for her son's life every time he robs a store". What insanity. Why in heavens name should we lower our moral standards to the point where there are none, to accommodate the lack of morals inherent in the slime of the earth (white, black and Hispanic).

Posted On: 12/17/2014 6:38:45 PMHenry Arthur Harff, Northfield Center, Ohio

Sounds like dim light, no real visibility. Suppose the intruder was armed and shot first. Sorry, Shoot first ask later. We need to clamp down on thugs like this, hard. Stay armed protect your home and family don't wait for the authorities to handle the situation.

Posted On: 12/17/2014 5:48:20 PMPaul Branch, Osprey, Florida USA

Montana has open carry for firearms. It is one of the most 'friendly' 2nd Amendment states in the Union. As an 'exchange student' one must assume that this young man had some brains and must have noticed all the guns being carried openly as he went about his lawful business in Montana. If he is dumb enough to do what he did, he must suffer the consequences. Serves him right. No Montana jury will convict the homeowner if the State is stupid enough to prosecute.

Posted On: 12/17/2014 3:22:18 PMAlex Paul, Los Angeles, CA

Escalation of everything in life is a fact , today an "innocent purse snatch", tomorrow a little "booze,....what happens when it "escalates" to a "little fun" like rape? Wrong is wrong, the next step in the chain is somebody other than the offender dies,....just for "being there"!!

Posted On: 12/17/2014 3:04:55 PMTom Corcoran, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, USA

I was raised and taught that you didn't go into someone else's yard and pick up pecans without permission from the owner. I don't care if there were gold bars laying in a garage, with a spotlight on them. There was no moral reason to enter that garage. Period. End of story. Nancy Nelson

Posted On: 12/17/2014 2:58:25 PMNancy Nelson, Whitesboro, TX, USA

I do think it matters whether the home owner set up a trap. By all means, yes, the homeowner should do what is necessary to protect his property and loved ones. But if it turns out a "trap" was set with the specific purpose of doing bodily harm to the trapped, well, this goes beyond reasonable means to protect one's castle.

Posted On: 12/17/2014 2:43:31 PMTony Kondaks, Mesa, Arizona

There is little demand in a reasonable and civilized society for those who steal from others. These young males, routinely, did just that. It had become habitual. I know of no place in the civilized world where theft is legal or morally acceptable. Who knows what other illegal activities this person routinely did as he certainly had no moral code. We have too many who infringe on others for kicks. Well written Howard.

Posted On: 12/17/2014 1:06:57 PMJohn F. Morgan, Dalton, GA USA

I love this "Castle Doctrine". Since there is no racial component to this incident Mr Kaarma may very well "walk".

Posted On: 12/17/2014 1:02:13 PMAlan Ageloff, Jupiter, FL

This kid would be alive if he hadn't committed a crime. I feel sorry for his parents for raising a criminal, but he brought it on himself.

Posted On: 12/17/2014 12:25:27 PMTeri Newman, Belleville IL

You have heard it before: "Actions have consequences." Our U.S. Constitution is based on individual freedoms; freedoms seriously eroded by an out-of-control federal government. That individual freedom comes with the price of individual responsibility. When parents teach children manners, respect, consideration, and all of the positive elements of their parental responsibilities, the children still make poor choices. However, those poor choices are the child's responsibility and no other's.

Posted On: 12/17/2014 12:19:13 PMRichard (Dick) $ Suzanne McMains, Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

AMEN, Ray

Posted On: 12/17/2014 12:11:17 PMRay Moscato, Calgary, Alberta

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