We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
On a related note, I have thought about this as I read comments from people with concealed carry permits suggesting shooting the perpetrator solves the problem. Zimmerman probably didn't have any choice, but in any event, look how it worked out for him. I bet if he could do it all over again he would have never joined the neighborhood watch.
How about a hypothetical example? Suppose someone cold cocks you in the knock out game and you respond by shooting them. While you may be found innocent by reason of self defense, you are most likely going to have to lawyer up to defend yourself and that would likely be 5 grand to start. Ditto if you shoot someone robbing you. And even if you are found innocent in criminal court you don't know if the person you injured will sue you in civil court for damages. Would your employer keep you if he found you had been involved in a violent altercation, or would he find a reason to let you go?
And if someone is attacking you, you may only have a split second to assess the risks and decide if defending yourself or your property is worth it?
In a just world all my concerns would be moot, but in our society the criminal often seems to have less to lose than the victim in the legal system.