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There are 27 comments on the WFMZ story from Oct 18, 2010, titled Pa. Lawmakers Ponder Expansion Of Castle Doctrine - Regional News - Lehigh Valley Story - WFMZ Al.... In it, WFMZ reports that:

Pennsylvania law gives you the right to defend yourself in your home when you're being attacked by an intruder.

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plugs biden

Easton, PA

#2 Oct 18, 2010
id do it anyway...

be surprised how much crime would go down if the filth new the innocent was protecting themselves

Westville, NJ

#3 Oct 18, 2010
Ronald McDonald is good at shooting his mouth off.
Finally something good

Williamsport, PA

#4 Oct 18, 2010
Wow, the government is finally taking a step to help good americans instead of protecting criminals. Its about time criminals are put to justice.
Finally something good

Williamsport, PA

#5 Oct 18, 2010
Maybe next we can finish off all those on death row that have been useing up tax payer dollors to keep feed and house their useless lives.

Andover, NJ

#6 Oct 18, 2010
If this is like the law passed in some other states, the best thing about it is that if you're the victim of a crime and you legally defend yourself, neither the criminal nor his family can sue you and take everything from you. Under current law in Pa., you can be cleared of criminal charges but end up in civil court.

Allentown, PA

#7 Oct 18, 2010
One only needs to be in danger of attack on the street one time to understand the facts of life.

That being said, however, one only needs to fire one shot to understand that you cannot take the bullet back after the trigger is pulled.

The best gun control advice I ever received was from my father, a WWII veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, "You never point a gun at anybody unless you intend to use it.", and second, "Guns aren't good for anything except for killing people.".
With these two statements, I learned the awesome responsibility of carrying a firearm.

The right to carry concealed does not make a person the right to be a cowboy or legal gun toting thug. The right to carry does not make a person a semi-police officer with the right to draw at will.

The right to carry also does not alleviate a person from the potential consequences of discharging a round from a firearm.

Even if it is a 'good shoot', a person has to live knowing that he/she has killed someone.

Firing a pistol is not easy. There is a very high likelyhood of a miss.
Anyone who chooses to fire must assume the responsibility of an overshoot and an unintended 'target'(person) being hit.

I don't know how I could live with myself if I shot and killed the wrong person.

Anyone carrying a firearm must seriously consider the reality of what he or she is carrying on their person.

I would suggest mandatory firearm training for those who are lawfully armed. Annual proficiency testing under self-defense conditions as a minimum, documented and submitted as a condition for retaining the license to carry. This type of training would train the law abiding citizen, and put the unlawfull at an extreame disadvantage.

I believe this condition is pleasing to all of us: the lawfull at the advantage, the unlawfull at the disadvantage.

Even as I type this, I notice a headline: "Gunman Robs Food Mart" Police in Bethlehem are searching for an armed robber the say brought a gun into the Broad Street Gas and Food Mart at 824 West Broad Street Sunday afternoon.

Wouldn't it be nice: "Would be armed robber blown away by clerk at Food Mart...". That sounds alot better to me.

Guns are dangerous. Lets train and arm the lawabiding citizens and put the thugs on notice that we aren't going to take it any more.

I remain,


Douglassville, PA

#8 Oct 18, 2010
sickuvit, I agree 100%!!!!!
Lehigh Valley

Virginville, PA

#9 Oct 18, 2010
Cool. It' about time the average person has rights somewhere.
ws w

United States

#10 Oct 18, 2010
Freeze Punk
ws w

United States

#11 Oct 18, 2010
I thought Obama took all of our guns away?
Northampton not the same

Farmington, MI

#12 Oct 19, 2010
There was a spree of robberies that I was not aware of. Why is it kept hush hush. If citizens were alerted, we could keep lights on a little longer and watch out for eachother.

United States

#13 Oct 19, 2010
The proposed bill is not about 'expanding' your rights. Either you have the rights or you do not. This bill is about eliminating some of the infringements to your Constitution and natural rights which have been taken from you by government employees. It's clear from the article that some of those employees want to continue to usurp your right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness by continuing to deny you the ability to defend your life and the lives of your family in areas of this nation outside your own home. Guess what? This nation IS your own home.
What are you thinking

Bethlehem, PA

#14 Oct 19, 2010
I thought you could use deadly force. oh no! better turn myself in for that pile of dead bible thumpers in my basement. lol

Bethlehem, PA

#15 Oct 19, 2010
If the constitution gives us the right to bear arms, it means we were meant to use them if we have to. Legal or not, if I'm carrying a licensed firearm and someone is threatening mine or my family's lives, I would use it. Sue me later - at least I'll be alive to sue!

Zionhill, PA

#16 Oct 19, 2010
Hypothetically, let's say I have an old rival that I'm just tired of out there. I invite him over for a beer to bury the hatchet - in his head.(Or shoot him at close range behind the ear). "It was self-defense; I was protecting my property." I'm off Scott-free. No witnesses; my word against a dead man's; dead men don't speak.
So now you don't even have to invite the creep over. You can hunt him down, stalk him and ambush him and provided there are no witnesses, you can blow him away with the excuse that he was a threat to your life (and it didnt cost you that beer or a messy cleanup).
This will certainly give the TV cop show writers something to do.
JZ Lehigh

United States

#17 Oct 19, 2010
It doesn't matter if it is signed into law or not. If someone knowingly breaks into MY home, where MY family is, they will be shot regardless if they are armed or not, I'm not going to take the time to ask the intruder if they are armed.
However it would be nice to see this go through & send a message out to the criminals that PA residents are NOT going to put up with their crap anymore. I think it would feel quite gratifying knowing I killed another person trying to harm my family, but thats just me, I don't have any remorse for criminals...
Already done

Philadelphia, PA

#18 Oct 19, 2010
First, State law gives you the right to protect yourself in your own home because somebody thought government should interfere where the U.S. Constitution already went, the U.S. Constitution gives you that right. Second, you already have the right to defend yourself in public with deadly force against an aggressor that puts you or your family in fear of imminent, serious bodily injury or possibility of death. Always deadly force is a LAST option. Of course you should attempt to get out of any dangerous situation first, AND hopefully you will never ever have to resort to deadly force.

More political jockying and propagandization. If everybody would study the constitution a bit with the laws already on the books, things would be a lot easier.

Zionhill, PA

#19 Oct 19, 2010
You're absolutely right. Your comment about "only pointing weapons at someone if you intend to use it" is exactly why I am willing to beat the living crap out of anyone who ever points a firearm at me under any circumstances, regardless of who they are. If someone aims a weapon at me they better shoot to kill me or I will do whatever it takes to kill them. At that point it becomes personal. A firearm is not to be used as a deterent or motivator.
Responsibility is key and people who carry firearms need to know this.

Manheim, PA

#20 Oct 19, 2010
It's about time. Shoot first ask questions later when someone is breading into your house.

United States

#21 Oct 19, 2010
22 years ago a nieghbor got high and drunk and tried to break into my parents house. Not only did my Father warn him 6 TIMES that he would be shot if he entered the house. He also called the Allentown PD while holding a 12 gauge in his other hand. Only when he told the dispatcher that he had a gun did the police show up.

After everything was said and done it cost my Father over $90,000 to defend himself in court. He was charged with Attemtped Homicide,aggravated assualt,risking a catastrophe and disharging a weapon in the City limits.

All this because a dirtbag drug addict threatened and tried to kill my family!!!

If he would have killed him he would have been better off. If some one threatens to kill your family, Do you wait till they are in the house?

Oh hey... I thought Obama was gonna take our guns away? More Republican fear Mongering!

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