Hal BidlackHal BidlackSeptember 14, 20187min390

A recent story in the Colorado Springs Gazette got me to thinking about guns again. The story is headlined, “Colorado Springs man escapes murder charge under ‘Make My Day’ exception.” It reports that a judge in the 4thJudicial District ruled that the shooter, who killed a homeless man sleeping in the shooter’s apartment complex, was protected from prosecution. The judge ruled that our state’s “Make My Day” law, which allows the use of deadly force when a resident feels his or her person or property is threatened, shielded the shooter from legal action. Other versions of these laws are called “stand your ground” and the “castle doctrine,” with variations on the details but with the same core notion.