Oh, and so it’s not a complete hijack, great story, BUT, what do you think would have happened if the ages were reversed?
Old man picks the pocked of a 27 year old and gets beat up…27 year old in jail for assault and battery, going beyond self defense.
Honestly, if the law makes concessions for an old man beating the shit out of a misguided 27 year old, I think it is, by far, the least of the law’s problems.[/quote]
I agree. I have nothing against what the old guy did. I would have a problem if the same fate came to any other pick-pocketer, and the guy defending himself got in trouble for it.
Basically I agree with yomamma that there shouldn’t be age discrimination, and I also believe that self-defense laws should be more lenient like they were for that old guy. I’m just assuming if it were switched, the 27 year old would be in trouble for beating on the old pick-pocketer.
I guess that could raise the question about how far is too far. What if the old guy broke the 27 year old’s arm? What if he wouldn’t stop beating on him, and ended up caving his head in? What if he killed him?
Personally, I don’t think he went too far, but now that I think about the question of “how far is too far”, I don’t really know how to answer it.