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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Throw the Book at the Bloody Hypocrite
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(Found at the Imperial Firearms Advisor’s)

Rep. Borris Miles told police he was fixing a leak on the second floor of the Houston house he’s building Sunday night when he heard a noise downstairs and saw two men trying to steal the copper. After Miles confronted the pair, one of the men threw a pocketknife at him, Houston Police spokesman Victor Senties.

Miles, a former law enforcement officer, shot the man in the left leg, police said. The wounded suspect was being treated at a Houston hospital. Police were trying to identify the other suspect.

Charges of aggravated robbery are pending against the wounded suspect, Senties said.

Police said Miles, who is in his freshman term, is licensed to carry a concealed weapon. No charges have been filed against Miles, Senties said.

“Well done!”, I hear you say, and my thoughts would be exactly the same. Another armed citizen successfully defends himself from predatory goblin scum. But then, as Paul Harvey would say, there’s the rest of the story:

Miles, a Democrat, voted against a bill that gives Texans stronger legal right to defend themselves with deadly force in their homes, vehicles, and workplaces. The so-called “castle doctrine,” passed by the Legislature this year, states that a person has no duty to retreat from an intruder before using deadly force. The law goes into effect Sept. 1. [Emphasis mine — Emp.M.]

Since we all know and respect how Democrats value principle above politics and personal gain (See: Most Ethical Congress Evah!, The), and since the Castle Doctrine that Rep. Miles is so thoroughly opposed to doesn’t go into effect until Sep. 1st, the only proper cause of action here would seem to be throwing the book at him for excessive use of force. After all, not only was he on a construction site as opposed to an actual home, he wasn’t being directly threatened, nor was he without opportunity to retreat without further incident.

Surely the Representative wouldn’t want to receive preferential treatment above and beyond that which he insists ought to be enough for other Texas residents?

That would be so — hypocritical, and we would never dream of accusing a fine, outstanding politician of that.

24 Responses to “Throw the Book at the Bloody Hypocrite”
  1. Tsubaki Shijuro (formerly Fuzzhead) Comment by Tsubaki Shijuro (formerly Fuzzhead)

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    >The so-called “castle doctrine,” passed by the Legislature this year, states that a person has no duty to retreat from an intruder before using deadly force.

    Regardless of what any “law” says, I do not, and never will, have any duty to “retreat from an intruder.”

    Yeah, it would be nice if he got a taste of the meal he has helped cook. The brute force of an unsympathetic reality has a way of changing people’s minds.

  2. Lycurgus Comment by Lycurgus

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    I think the DemCong would justify Mr Miles along the lines of:

    Silly conservatives, gun rights are only for party apparachiks (as they are [self] important, dontcha know?) not the masses.

    On another note, is it actually possible to be both a former law enforcement officer (as the article claims) and a Democrat? I would have thought the life experience gained on the job would make the two mutually exclusive?

  3. Tom Doniphon Comment by Tom Doniphon

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    Law is the law, regardless of the (in this case idiotic) beliefs of those it protects. I’m going to take up the dissent, and say that he should be treated like every other license concealed weapons carrier. I’ll (perhaps naively) hope that this incident causes him to realize his error.

  4. Unregistered Comment by associatecontributor

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    “After Miles confronted the pair, one of the men threw a pocketknife at him, Houston Police spokesman Victor Senties.”

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around that one.

  5. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    Miles, a former law enforcement officer, shot the man in the left leg,

    Well at least now we know why he’s a former LEO. Can’t shoot worth a crap.

  6. Unregistered Comment by Omega

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    Actually, the current law allows for protection of personal property and the use of deadly force to stop a would be thief from taking it. What the current law didn’t allow for was to use deadly force for personal protection without first retreating; or something similar to that. I seem to remember those blurbs from some incidents in San Antonio in 2001. Please feel free to correct the above info as you deem fit….

  7. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    Actually, the current law allows for protection of personal property and the use of deadly force to stop a would be thief from taking it. What the current law didn’t allow for was to use deadly force for personal protection without first retreating; or something similar to that.

    I know, but that only makes it all the more confusing.

    I mean, was he in fear of his life (personal protection) due to the pocketknife being thrown (???) at him, thus requiring him to turn his back on the attackers and retreat, or was he protecting his copper from being stolen, thus authorizing him to shoot the goblins without retreating?

    Inquiring minds want to know!

    Furthermore, wouldn’t that mean that you’re never required to retreat since it’s pretty much impossible to prove that an attacker wasn’t trying to steal your wallet, your sneakers or the “Free Tibet!” sticker on your car?

  8. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    Oh, and in case it’s not obvious: The headline of this post is firmly tongue in cheek. For the record, I have absolutely no problem with Rep. Miles plugging the goblins.

    I do, however, have an enormous problem with his aim. Back to the range, you blind bat!

  9. Unregistered Comment by JonB

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    The irony of this story is just astounding. lol

    Yeah, I agree, throw the book at him.

  10. Vergeltung Comment by Vergeltung

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    As with most liberal minds in his position, I am sure he felt that he, as an important person, is subject to exceptions from what the average citizen needs to adhere to, conduct-wise.

    that one is dripping with irony.

  11. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    Lycurgus:

    On another note, is it actually possible to be both a former law enforcement officer (as the article claims) and a Democrat? I would have thought the life experience gained on the job would make the two mutually exclusive?

    Actually (as a former LEO), I’ve noticed that Law Enforcement draws well more of it’s fair share of leftist authoritarians, all of whom are way more than willing to abuse the badge on others, but are the first to ask for “professional courtesy” if they ever get in trouble (fer instance, stopped for speeding in Arkansas, and showing the Texas badge before the driver’s license). My best guess has always been that they were abused as children, and looked to a career as a cop as a way to “get even”.

    NEVER, NEVER, NEVER assume that the cop who pulls you over is a Conservative. Your chances are less than 50/50 anymore, and if he sees the “Young Republican” card (or the NiceDoggie t-shirt), he will find a way to screw ya.

  12. LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech Comment by LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech

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    This is sooo like a certain song, where the Reverend preaches brimstone against the bar next door, then has to go ask em’ for some chairs..

    Hey Borris! You just qualified to be the next guest non-victim in the NRA’s Armed Citizen!
    Come on down!

  13. Tsubaki Shijuro (formerly Fuzzhead) Comment by Tsubaki Shijuro (formerly Fuzzhead)

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    >was he in fear of his life (personal protection) due to the pocketknife being thrown

    I guess it depends on whether the pocketknife was open or not.

  14. dcs2244 Comment by dcs2244

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    Actually (as a former LEO), I’ve noticed that Law Enforcement draws well more of it’s fair share of leftist authoritarians, all of whom are way more than willing to abuse the badge on others, but are the first to ask for “professional courtesy” if they ever get in trouble (fer instance, stopped for speeding in Arkansas, and showing the Texas badge before the driver’s license). My best guess has always been that they were abused as children, and looked to a career as a cop as a way to “get even”.

    NEVER, NEVER, NEVER assume that the cop who pulls you over is a Conservative. Your chances are less than 50/50 anymore, and if he sees the “Young Republican” card (or the NiceDoggie t-shirt), he will find a way to screw ya.

    Most cops are conservatives or “moderates” that will become conservative. I have seen my share of totalitarian “marshal law” types over the years, though…they generally become chiefs of police or command staff.

    That having been said: don’t try what Citizen Miles did if you reside in the northeast: he would have been arrested here regardless of party affiliation (that’s not to say that ‘adjustments’ based on party wouldn’t have been made after the fact).

    And, yeah…his aim does suck.

  15. Haverwilde Comment by Haverwilde

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    A democrat and a hypocrit how is that possible. But speaking of democrats and hypocits: His Grand Hypocritical-ness Ted Kennedy has earmarked $100 million for an unneeded engine in the ‘08 defense reauthorization bill. He is reported to believe that this unnecessary-engine building would bring jobs to GE in Massachusetts. The U.S. Air Force, along with two independent review boards, says a spare engine for the F-35 Joint Strike fighter is redundant — but the $480 million to develop it remains in the 2008 defense bill. It even (gasp) has an “earmark.” Of course it is a Democrat’s earmark unlike those nasty Republican earmarks. And as you might expect, those big Corporate Republicans just smile.

  16. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    His Grand Hypocritical-ness Ted Kennedy has earmarked $100 million for an unneeded engine in the ‘08 defense reauthorization bill. He is reported to believe that this unnecessary-engine building would bring jobs to GE in Massachusetts.

    Every night, I go to bed praying that G-d, in His mercy, will one day see fit to make some modern Lee Harvey fix the mistake that his namesake made.

    Only this time, I hope that it will take weeks of excruciating pain for the hypocritical, drunken, murdering scumfucker to die, and I will be laughing my little head off every second, hoping that I can one day purchase a recording of his screams.

  17. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    To this day I still think the wrong one got shot…..

  18. Tom Doniphon Comment by Tom Doniphon

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    Misha: fair enough. Usually I pick up on that…

    Haverwilde: a spare engine? That’s friggin’ ridiculous. But I’m never one to bitch about government-subsidized advancements in defensive engineering…

  19. Lycurgus Comment by Lycurgus

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    Thanks for the heads-up LC Wil. I will keep your advice in mind.

  20. Unregistered Comment by aries37

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    “castle doctrine”?

    We in Florida lovingly call it “The Make MY Day Law”

  21. BobF Comment by BobF

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    Typical Democrat. This man voted to deny Texans the very thing he used to defend himself…the use of deadly force. He didn’t need to investigate the noise; he could have hid or ran away.

  22. philmon Comment by philmon

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    Speaking of the castle doctrine….

    Missouri’s goes into effect Aug 28.

    Well, this year, to celebrate the 4th of July, I went down to my local sheriff’s office (a few days before) and filled out my “permit to purchase”. I saw a sign posted there, but I didn’t really read it. When I went to pick the permit up yesterday, I actually did read it. What it said was something (good) that I didn’t know. That bill also got rid of the “permit to purchase” requirement. So if I’d waited about 2 months I could’ve saved $10 and the trip to the sheriff’s office.

    But I didn’t do that. I stuck with the plan.

    And the plan was to get this.

    Which I obviously did. :-) :-) :-)

  23. LC Shamalama Comment by LC Shamalama

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    How dare he try to reserve for himself rights he would deny law-abiding Texans. Perhaps he considers himself more privileged or more important that the rest of us. Why indeed did he stand his ground and defend his property? According to his vote, that is a right Texans should be denied. Another Liberal politician affording himself the right to use a law he voted against.

    Miles has to prove that he actively tried to retreat before using deadly force, and is, of course, still open to a civil suit for damages by the person he shot. Wouldn’t it be funny if the criminal sues him?

  24. JeepThang Comment by JeepThang

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    Douchenozzle.