Public Safety: The Right of Self-Defense

A frightened St. Petersburg resident called the police for advice on how to handle a prowler. "If you catch this guy at your front door," said the officer, "it's O.K. to shoot him, but make sure he falls inside." Reason: in Florida it is legal to shoot an intruder in one's house, but not in one's yard. In few other cities can citizens expect such straightforward advice from their police. Yet with crimes of violence increasing, more and more Americans are concerned about how to protect themselves and still stay within the law.

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