Castle Doctrine

Zach covered this in whole, here is the actual video. I wanted to focus on the “Castle Doctrine” , which they discussed at the end of the video. This bill allows homeowners the leeway to \"shoot first and ask questions later\". Despite the fact it has NOTHING to do with job creation, and the fact that there has not been a single case in Wisconsin where this bill was needed, the republicans wasted our time with it anyway.

There is however Case Studies where the “Castle Doctrine” has been used. Meet 16 yr old Yoshihiro Hattori. Unfortunately, you can’t meet meet Yoshihiro, he is dead.

Two months into his stay in the United States, he received an invitation, along with Webb Haymaker, his homestay brother, to a Halloween party organized for Japanese exchange students on October 17, 1992. Hattori went dressed in a tuxedo in imitation of John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever. Upon their arrival in the quiet working class neighborhood where the party was held, the boys mistook the Peairs’ residence for their intended destination due to the similarity of the address and the Halloween decorations on the outside of the house, and proceeded to step out of their car and walk to the front door. (Fujio 2004; Harper n.d.)

Hattori and Haymaker rang the front doorbell but, seemingly receiving no response, began to walk back to their car. Meanwhile, inside the house, their arrival had not gone unnoticed. Bonnie Peairs had peered out the side door and saw them. Mrs. Peairs, startled, retreated inside, locked the door, and said to her husband, “Rodney, get your gun.” Hattori and Haymaker were walking to their car when the carport door was opened again, this time by Mr. Peairs. He was armed with a loaded and cocked .44 magnum revolver. He pointed it at Hattori, and yelled “Freeze.” Simultaneously, Hattori, likely thinking he said “please,” stepped back towards the house, saying “We’re here for the party.” Haymaker, seeing the weapon, shouted after Hattori, but Peairs fired his weapon at point blank range at Hattori, hitting him in the chest, and then ran back inside. (Kernodle 2002; Fujio 2004; Harper n.d.) Haymaker rushed to Hattori, badly wounded and lying where he fell, on his back. Haymaker ran to the home next door to the Peairs’ house for help. Neither Mr. Peairs nor his wife came out of their house until the police arrived, about 40 minutes after the shooting. Mrs. Peairs shouted to a neighbor to “go away” when the neighbor called for help. One of Peairs’ children later told police that her mother asked, “Why did you shoot him?”

The shot had pierced the upper and lower lobes of Hattori’s left lung, and exited through the area of the seventh rib; he died in the ambulance minutes later, from loss of blood.[1]

The end result?

The trial lasted seven days. After the jurors deliberated for three and a quarter hours, Peairs was acquitted.

But that will NEVER happen in Wisconsin right? The Republicans of Wisconsin are so sure about it, they decided that 4 hours of training to carry a gun was way too much!

A Republican-controlled legislative committee has voted to do away with a requirement that that applicants for permits to carry concealed weapons complete four hours of training.

Monday’s vote does away with the rule written by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s Department of Justice for the law that took effect last week.

Van Hollen spoke in support of keeping the four-hour training minimum, saying it was the industry standard and not having it would make it impossible for the DOJ to verify training was completed.



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