A very interesting thread, It has caused quite a bit of discussion and serious thought here at home. While it mostly stayed on track it varied enough to cause me to stop and think about things I didnít even realize I needed to be thinking about.
I hope justice prevails with Captain
Eric. I donít have all that much faith in the justice system at home let alone abroad. I recall
when my brother found himself in need of an attorney, the man handed me one of his business cards. In bold letters across the top it said HOW MUCH JUSTICE CAN YOU AFFORD? *Tries not to look like some paranoid nutcase* I think there is no greater determining factor in any legal
system around the world. Obviously with a man with a man dead there needs to be an investigation and in this case a grand jury indictment. I don't think anyone could argue that if the only ties a man has to a place where he is being investigated for a crime is his anchor
, he has to be considered a flight risk. If this happened at our shore I would surely expect him to be held until he was finished with his trial. If it turns out he was innocent, I feel terribly for how he may be suffering, what might be the case of his boat and his friends. If on the other hand it is something differentÖ I may not look Rasta like Eric, but I am just an old hippie who never grew out of it. It would be foolish in the extreme if people who look as we do didnít expect to be looked at closer than the clean cut republican looking dude (no offense to those of the republican persuasion)
It would never occur to me that someone boarding my boat (entering my home) without my permission is anything but a deadly threat. I live in the suburbs not the inner city. I still donít just open my doors at night; my wife does not go out at night. If she hears a noise
and I have to go look to see what it is, I have some type of weapon in my hand. We donít own guns
but if I encounter someone actually in my house, with my wife and children
, you bet Iím going to use as much force as I can muster in their defense. I understand life at sea or even more so in foreign lands is nothing like being home. I am not trying to pretend otherwise. And I know that if I were to actually take a life regardless of how it happened, I could never live with myself. I would be just as f****d up in the head
over it if someone stepped out in front of my car as I would be if I found someone in my home. I think I would rather be suicidal over the fact that I took a life defending ours than be dead *glances at his lovely wife* or suffering the rest of her life. I suppose I would rather rot
in some third world jail for defending her knowing she was safe at home
We know there are still pirates out there. I find it hard to believe that the coast of Africa
is the only place they are encountered. I have come to understand this is a very U.S. attitude, but I just assumed when one went out to sea they were armed and prepared to protect themselves. After reading various threads I have learned that most people consider firearms more trouble than they are worth out there. From everything I have read I am sure this to be true
As we prepare for a future at sea, far from assistance where only the bad guys are allowed to be armed, where I have to worry not only about protecting myself but justifying how much force was used in doing so. I donít yet know how to reconcile myself to this. Another benefit I suppose from the fact that we wonít be cruising for some years yet. Gives a guy time to work things out.