By Tom Knighton
In the debate regarding gun rights, the number of gun-related deaths will invariably come up. This is simply the natural order of things. We all know by now that the number pushed by gun control advocates includes suicides, a point most gun rights advocates take issue with. However, it looks like some locales are doing something that might be even more of a problem.
It seems they’re lumping justifiable homicides and regular homicides into the same category.
Police in Little Rock have redefined what types of killings are included in the city’s homicide total in a move that will lower the annual tally that’s recorded.
Lt. Michael Ford tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that justifiable homicides will no longer be included in the broader tally.
There were 55 killings in the city as of Friday but authorities will record 53 homicides because two deaths were the result of officer-involved shootings that were determined to be justifiable.
The change in Little Rock is in order to comply with FBI reporting guidelines, but those guidelines have been in place for years.
How many other places are reporting justifiable homicides–cases such as self-defense shootings–as simple homicides, thus skewing the numbers upward?
While it may only be a few nationwide, those are still cases that support the idea that guns save lives that are being used to discredit the idea. I’m sorry, but that just bothers me.
There’s more. As Dean Weingarten notes:
If more than one person is involved in a felony, and someone is killed during because of the felonious actions, an accomplice can be charged with the killing. It is known in the law as the felony murder rule.
If an accomplice is charged with murder under the felony murder rule, the homicide is counted as a murder, even if the Click to see the original article