I gotta say there is not enough info in that article to make a call. Was he shooting at them while they were driving away? If so then he endangered anyone in the surrounding neighborhood. Know your target and what is behind it. A trailer or any inanimate object is not worth your life and was he sure they did not have a weapon to shoot back at him? Did he get in front of the truck as they were driving away? Be a good and alive witness. Get the license plate.
Edit - the illegals deport their asses!!! And murder 1st is way too excessive on the DA's part.
I am fine with that, really I am. To a point. And the point is, this guy if he had taken plates... would have found the car to be stolen therefore untraceable, would have lost his trailer, filed a claim on his insurance to get the trailer replaced then have his rates go up to where he could have purchased several trailers over time....
The system to rectify this is breaking down or already broken. The thugs and crooks have the upper hand. If they would have been captured they more than likely would have gotten another slap on the wrist as the jails and prisons are over crowded. If the crooks were vengeful, they would come back and harrass or worse this guy who filed charges against him. Maybe they would come back and do worse, or just threaten him and his family. And what's to stop them, another slap on the wrist or 30 days of room and board.
But I agree shooting them was probably not the right thing to do as most shootings almost never result in the targets actually being hit. It is usually passerby or whatever that end up wounded. Although this guy did hit his target.
I agree that what needs to happen is return of what won the west. The rope and public executions. Once people start dying in the open square for crimes, even the petty ones, shit starts to stop fairly quick.
You don't see kids spitting on sidewalks in Asia. Cane-ing for spitting pretty much stopped that bullshit.
You don't have many theives in Saudi, cutting off fingers for theft stopped that shit. There isn't much young women getting raped when perpetrators are put in blocks and stoned until dead from the local villagers.
Giving someone 3 hots and a flop for doing bad things isn't a punishment. If the punishment doesn't fit the crime, then the value of crime vs. punishment isn't there and crime runs rampant.
The bastards should not have been deported. They should have been hung by the neck until dead, in an open and public square and televised on prime time tv. I guarantee you, once this happens and someone puts a sock into the ACLU shit will stop being stolen. Put a few rapists on the rope and rapists will think twice. Hang some murderers and murder will decline. Place some cotton around a few gang bangers an gang members and membership will fall.
Fuck this mamby-bamby time as punishment shit and attempting to "rebuild character" by placing tough guys (and gals) in with tougher guys. All they learn is how to be better at what they do and spend all their waking moments working out to be even stronger than before. You fuck up, you die. No second chances and no f-ing burden on draining society for attempting to house a god damned waste of life at a cost that would be better spent on something like offering free college to those that really want to learn and be a contributing part of society. If someone needs to spend more than a couple years behind bars, f-em.
Sorry Red, this wasn't really aimed at you, you just caught me when I was in a mood. The good guys are fighting a loosing battle. It will only be something as extreme as the rope was in the west that stopped uncontrolled gun play in the streets, bank and train robberies and just about all the other unmentionables of the old west. It was only after the rope that good and decent people could walk the streets again. It will only be after the rope that the rules will once again be set and respected so that we too, can walk the streets and feel safe.