|Gun control advocates concerned after man nearly shoots teen|
Gun control advocates are reacting after a homeowner almost shot his dog-sitter when he mistook him for a burglar.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, a West Jordan man fired shots at a teenager Sunday night when he mistook him for an intruder. The teen was actually watching the man's home and dogs while the man was away.
Luckily, the teen was not hit, but the case has some worried that the standard of thinking, when it comes to guns, is: open fire first, think second and then explain.
State law makes it clear: You are justified in using force to defend yourself in your home when you feel threatened. But Steve Gunn, with the Gun Violence Prevention Center, says too often morality and the law are in conflict.
"There's a moral aspect of this, and there's a legal aspect; and the two are not necessarily the same thing," Gunn said. "I think that there have been cases in Utah where people have been shot, where it was legally justifiable but not morally justifiable.
He recommends retreating from the use of force, even in your own home.
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