I live in an incorporated area, but wildlife is still abundant. There’s a guy who walks around the neighborhood with a rifle. We’ve complained to him but he says it’s his God given right to carry a gun.
A few months ago I heard a pop and when I looked outside there was a dead Red Fox in the yard and the guy with the rifle in the street.
“You shot my fox”, I yelled when I got to him.
“It’s not your fox, it’s a pest. They carry rabies”, he responded.
“It is my fox by right of capture”. I don’t know anything about rights of capture, but I read it someplace.
“Bullshit” He said as I dialed 911.
“I need a policeman because this guy just shot my fox”, I said, not vey calmly.
“Was the fox a pet?” she, on the other end of the line, said.
“No it was my fox by right of capture” I responded without thinking.
“Sir I’m not sure I understand, but this is a domestic matter and we will not respond with an officer. I recommend that you remain inside and that you do not approach the individual with the gun” Click
It was actually longer than that but you get the idea.
So; he shot the fox in my yard and nobody cares. Tough shit! But the guy with the gun does present a threat of serious bodily harm. What if he took a shot at a turkey vulture and sent a round through my front window? I’m an old fart with a disabled hangar on the car mirror. Everything is a threat of great bodily injury to me. I mean even the fat lady in the electric cart at Walmart. By the Rittenhouse decision I can off the guy if I have reasonable fear of great bodily injury. I do, so here’s the plan.
My car has that drive itself feature, where it’ll drive itself for a while then bitch about ‘put your hands on the wheel’. I’ve played with that and it will work from a standing start. So, if I get the guy crossing my driveway and push the button the the car will go straight for him hands off. He of course will turn toward the sound of the car. An aggressive move that will be recorded by my little video camera. I’ll get him between the end of the driveway and the mailbox so he is thrown into the drainage ditch and drowns.
By the Rittenhouse precedent I didn’t do anything illegal. I wasn’t driving the car when it hit him. And he drowned, the car didn’t kill him. I showed at least as much concern for human life as Rittenhouse (none). He had a right to carry a gun by God, and I had a right to self defense.
And it was my fox by right of capture.