Jfreed - "I propose new legislation: anyone shooting an unarmed person does time. Period. Mandatory minimum sentencing. No matter what the perp "thought".
Really? So you shoot an unarmed rapist in the act of violating your wife... or your child? This is too much of a general and naive statement. There is a feeling of helplessness to being attacked that no one should have to feel. It's not a duel, there is no requirement for equal terms. What you are advocating is a case of might makes right.