Killing a Child in Self-Defense

Today’s post is prompted by a case out of a Chicago suburb in which an armed homeowner shot and killed a 14-year-old while confronting a group of youths apparently attempting to steal the homeowner’s car from his driveway. The news media is, of course, reporting this as a gun owner shooting and killing a “boy,” suggesting it can’t be lawful self-defense if you’ve killed a “child.” As always, all facts are as reported in news …

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