Monday, March 5, 2012

Wanggaard's Law Claims First Victim

Van Wanggaard has proudly touted the passage of his bill referred to as the "Castle Doctrine." Van didn't write the bill, the gun lobbyists at ALEC did. Van wasn't the first Senator to propose the bill either, but since Madison is now the bought and paid for rubber stamp for all ALEC approved legislation, he got to sign his name in crayon to the bottom line as its newest sponsor.

Van likes to say the "Castle Doctrine" is about keeping people safe in their homes from intruders...you know, your home is your castle - as if prior to this law we lived in the wild west where bandits roamed your yard with impunity waiting to steal your shit.

What the "Castle Doctrine" actually did was legalize shooting anyone you thought was an intruder by creating a legal and automatic presumption of innocence in using deadly force. Van's version of the bill also makes it more difficult to sue a person for shooting you (provided you survive) even if you can prove no unlawful attempt was made.

Girl Scouts beware.

In Wisconsin, if you caught someone in your house, you could always shoot them - but you just couldn't shoot anyone in your house and that's pretty much what the "Castle Doctrine" says. The Siren calls it: "Shit, I just blew away the Schwans guy...too bad for him" Bill.

Wanggaard's bill legalizes shooting anyone on your property no matter how fishy it looks. It's a wet-dream for the "Shoot First and Fuck the Questions" crowd. It's also handy for troubled spouses, gang-bangers and racist psychopaths looking to test out that new Glock on a live target.

It didn't take long for the "Castle Doctrine" to claim its first casualty.

20 year old, Bo Morrison was at a house party in Slinger this weekend. He and his friends were having a few drinks and making too much noise, so naturally a neighbor complained. To avoid a drinking underage citation (he had a couple in the past), Bo and his friends left the house.

A little while later, Morrison came back and it seems he went to the house next door instead. The owner of the house shot him once in the chest and killed him. The owner told police he shot an intruder - case closed.

We'll never know if Morrison asked the owner for help, or if he realized his mistake and apologized for being at the wrong house just before the owner took his life. Morrison was unarmed and at the wrong address - now he is dead. Morrison leaves behind grieving parents, four siblings and his friends.

In Wisconsin now, thanks to Van Wanggaard, you can die for being at the wrong house and no one can ask why.

H/T to Zach at Blogging Blue.