Well, apparently such an attitude isn't carried by all.<quoted text>
I certainly wouldnt have shot the kid, but the shooter WAS acquitted of all criminal charges. Life is full of risks, and one of those risks is making sure you know what you are doing before you have the unfortunate necessity to pull a trigger. I personally carry a taser (as well as a firearm) in order to cover all bases of defensive escalation. I wouldnt need either for an unarmed, 130lb teenager though.....
I don't believe the shooter should have been cleared, especially since they did not render aid AFTER the incident. In fact, I can't understand how the verdict was arrived at.
But I have heard that LA is one of the most corrupt places and people even go out of their way when driving to avoid the state altogether.