Self-Defense Shooting Earns Accusations

A self-defense shooting should have tried to wound, we are told.

Newser.com reports,

Reginald Gildersleeve walked into a Chicago store Saturday night, wearing a mask, brandished a gun, pointed it at a worker and forced her to the back of the store, and announced his intention to rob the place, police say. That’s when another customer, who has a concealed-carry license, confronted Gildersleeve, took out his own gun, and fired several times, killing the 55-year-old robbery suspect, authorities say.

The police are considering it a self-defense shooting. The complication is that it turned out Gildersleeve was using some sort of fake gun. He didn’t represent an actual threat.

Of course, the shooter had no idea of this. As far as he knew, he was in a life or death situation in which he had to shoot if he wanted to survive. Because he was merely using a handgun, he had to make sure the robber, who he thought was armed, was incapable of shooting back.

But one person is rather indignant:

Gildersleeve’s stepson isn’t happy, noting that his stepdad “doesn’t even own a gun. He couldn’t own a gun if he wanted to” and questioning the actions of the man who shot him. “Some people don’t actually know how to use guns. They go to firing ranges, but it’s not the same as a bullet going into someone’s body, it’s not the same as a bullet going into flesh. They should be able to wound first, kill next. He didn’t deserve to get shot multiple times,” the stepson says. “You just took a brother, you just took a father from a lot of people. Somebody’s got to answer for that.”

If there is some genuine affection on the part of the stepson I am sorry for his loss. But he seems to be getting his ideas for how guns work from action movies. No one facing what he thinks is an armed threat is going to risk trying to shoot to wound.

(Similar unrealistic expectations led people to blame Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.)