Safety begins at home

Heinous home invasions deserve the death penalty

The Fourth Amendment talks about “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects ...” It’s talking about being secure from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government.


But it should pertain to the criminal element as well.

Being secure in our “persons, houses, papers, and effects” is a basic human right. And our founders got the order of importance right, too: Just after our bodies, our houses are next in line for sanctity against assaults.

And in today’s world, it seems our homes are the only place we have any reasonable expectation of safety left.

Home must be defendable with our lives – but also with the lives of those who would violate it.

Such is the case when a homeowner shoots an intruder. But we would argue that any criminal entering an occupied home should bring the death penalty on himself. Society simply must draw a line at our home’s threshold.

In the latest home invasion case, a Clayton County home was broken into early Tuesday by two masked gunmen who demanded money and jewelry and kidnapped a 14-year-old girl and issued ransom demands.

Thank heaven she was rescued and the suspects arrested on Wednesday.

Home invasions – especially random ones – are some of the most frightening, blatant attacks possible on a civilized society.

You have an absolute right to be safe in your home. Any violent assault on that should be a capital crime.



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