I read about laws, and I usually understand when people have different opinions from me. Other times, however, I just don’t get it.
Take Montana’s Castle Law, for example. Brice Harper is emotionally cheating with Dan Fredenberg’s young wife Heather. The two men have had words before, and everyone acknowledges that the Fredenberg marriage isn’t perfect. One day, Heather spends the day at Harper’s house at Harper’s invitation, and then they go riding in her car to try to figure out why it’s making funny sounds. They see Dan following them, so Heather tells Brice to go inside and lock the doors.
Instead of locking the doors and calling the police like a normal person would, Brice decides he’s going to use his gun instead. So when Dan approaches the door in the garage, he points the gun at Dan and puts three bullets into him.
The Montana Castle Law says that you only have to reasonably believe you’re going to be assaulted, and so they don’t even bother hearing the case. It’s an open and shut case for them. Brice says that Dan was charging him, but Heather, who watched her husband getting shot dead, says that Dan was standing still when he was killed. Because it took place in a garage (which is considered a person’s “castle”), they simply chalk it up to self-defense.
“It changed things here in Montana,” said Leo Gallagher, president of the Montana County Attorneys Association, which joined associations of sheriffs and police chiefs to oppose the law. “For any sort of personal affront, you’re permitted to threaten the person with a gun.”
What’s asinine about this case is that Dan followed Brice into the garage. He didn’t bang on the door, try to knock it down, or anything like that. He just happened to walk into an open garage to confront Brice. Yes, Dan was drunk, but drinking isn’t against the law. From the fact that Brice didn’t call the police, it’s probable that Brice even lured him in. I just can’t believe it’s that easy to murder someone like that. I mean, really, it sounds like Brice could’ve even invited Dan inside, shot him dead, and then said that he really emotionally felt like he was in danger to avoid trial. This man was cheating with another man’s wife, and he literally got away with murdering the husband of his crush.
It’s sickening. When are we going to stop the NRA and all these gun lobby groups from making our laws?
Once happy family: Danny Fredenberg (right), seen here with his wife (center right) Heather and their twins, was killed by the man Heather was having an affair with
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