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Self-defense shooting classification

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Edmond, Oct 6, 2005.

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  1. Edmond

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    If it were a justified shooting and the shooter was absolved of liability, is it still statistically recorded as a homicide?
     
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    Yes, because it was a homicide. More specifically, a JUSTIFIABLE homicide. It would not, however, be part of the murder or manslaughter statistics.
     
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    I suppose so since 'homicide' essentially means man-death. It depends how conscientious the statistics keeper is as to whether justifiable homicides and excusable homicides are separated from criminal homicides.

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    Whether or not it was classified as a homicide, it would definitely be put in the gun-related deaths category the anti's so love to obfuscate. :rolleyes:
     
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    So under the national statistics, it would be classified as a homicide even though it was justified homicide? I think that really stinks because it skews the statistic. :(
     
  7. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

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    Under the FBI Uniform Crime Reports it might be reported as a justifiable homicide if the agency in charge of investigating it fills out and returns the supplemental reports prior to the deadline. Otherwise it will be classified as a homicide.

    Under CDC statistics, they record gunshot deaths at the hospital and usually before a determination has been made so they have only two categories - Homicide and legal intervention. If you are any form of official and shoot somebody it is classified as legal intervention regardless of what later investigation shows. Likewise, if you are a citizen then even self-defense shootings will be classified as homicides.
     
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