Three teenagers recently broke into a home in Oklahoma, and were shot with lethal force by the homeowner. The law of the right to bear arms allows any homeowner the right to use lethal force in the face of such danger. However, the use of this right and violence is being called into question by Leroy Schumacher, grandfather of one of the boys.
Three teenagers, aged 18, 17 and 16, broke into the Peters family home armed with brass knuckles. The homeowner’s son, Zach Peters, exchanged some words with the teenagers when they broke into his home. After this, Zach shot in self defense, killing all three teens using an AR15 rifle.
Authorities believe Zach was acting within the “self-defense clause”, where should a person break into your house, the use of lethal defense is allowed. In the aftermath of this crime, the families of all three teenagers are left wondering if the lethal force used by Zach Peters was absolutely necessary.
One of the teenagers’ grandfathers, Leroy Schumacher, believes the deceased teen boys actions were not intelligent. However, he also doesn’t think the violence used against them was warranted. Leroy reminds everyone that they were just teenagers, and perhaps the use of lethal force against boys was unjustified.
The right to bear arms has been a controversial hot topic as of late, given the rise in civilian shootings, and the idea of using an assault rifle to defend yourself seems disproportionate to some. The weapon Zach used, a Colt AR-15, is a lightweight gas-fed, magazine fed, semi-automatic rifle. This particular gun was also used during the Newtown shooting, and the Aurora movie theater shooting in Colorado during the Dark Knight Rises release. This does not, however, change the law.
In addition to the break and enter charges, 21-Year-Old Elizabeth Rodriguez, who drove the getaway car, is being charged with burglary, and three counts of first-degree murder. The court places blame on her shoulders for driving the teens to the crime, therefore putting them in the line of danger. The families of the deceased boys wish everyone involved would have shown more restraint and intelligence in this situation.