The Second Amendment gives us protection against tyranny, but I’ve long argued that includes the tyranny of the thug. In other words, it helps protect our right to self-defense. However, what happens when a no-knock warrant is issued and you use your Second Amendment rights to protect yourself?
Well, as we know from the Breonna Taylor incident, horrible things can happen. Remember that Taylor’s boyfriend believed the police raid was a home invasion and opened fire on officers.
However, Breonna Taylor isn’t the only life destroyed by no-knock warrants and someone acting in self-defense.
“My heart aches every time I think about it. His intentions were not to break up a family or harm a family. He was just doing what any normal person would do to defend his castle,” said Marvin Guy’s Brother Garett Galloway.
May 10, 2014, Marvin Guy was put behind bars, accused of shooting a Killeen Police Department detective who later died during a no-knock raid on his home. Killeen police suspected Guy of having drugs.
“They didn’t find anything on the warrant they were looking for so they obviously had the wrong guy. To me this is not a guy who is intent on murdering cops it was a guy just trying to defend his home,” said Local Gun Rights Activist CJ Grisham.
After 7 long years, Guy still hasn’t seen his day in court.
I’ve long had a problem with no-knock warrants. I get the reasons for them, sure, but the downside is that if a law-abiding citizen suddenly has people bust down their door, they have absolutely no reason to assume it’s the police. Instead, they’re going to think they’re being targeted by some group of criminals and act accordingly.
That’s apparently what Marvin Guy did. That’s what Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend did. It’s what pretty much any of us would do.
Yet Guy is being charged with murder for acting the same way any reasonable individual should. To make matters worse for Guy is that supporters are concerned that his public defender is working with prosecutors to get Guy convicted. If that’s true, then he’s being railroaded for what should be a clear-cut case of self-defense.
Remember, in self-defense law, we tend to look at what a reasonable person would do in that situation. Based on what Guy reportedly knew, that would have been an armed group of men suddenly busting down his door. Opening fire is certainly reasonable.
Same with Taylor’s case.
Honestly, while I get the tactical reason for no-knock warrants, I’m glad to see them being banned. The advantages don’t outweigh the disadvantages in something like this. Innocent people are being jammed up or killed because the targets of these raids aren’t aware they’re dealing with police.
It’s well past time to stop with this kind of thing, especially in the day and age of people getting SWATted; where enemies call the police and claim the victim is doing all kinds of horrible things, sending a SWAT team to someone’s house. The idea is to punish an enemy, possibly even get them killed. It’s so much easier to do that if the police don’t have to knock on the door first.