“Utah homeowner arrested for firing shots in burglary”
Because the presumption that your property is yours — that it is purchased with the sweat of your labor and requires a goodly portion of your finite time on this planet — and so can be lawfully protected against those trying to pilfer it, sets a bad example, and must be dispelled.
After all, if we allow things like this to stand, how can we later claim that when the government confiscates your property or land or firearms or liberties — either by way of some local ordinance, or excessive taxation, or bureaucratic regulation that carries the force of law, or court ruling that institutionalizes the government’s right to compel your commerce — you don’t have a right to defend yourself against such state-sanctioned theft.
In this case, process trumps righteousness and reason. Rules (even those that seem in many ways a good idea) nevertheless stand guard over lawlessness. And the police state that we’ve set up to protect the “rights” of criminals grows its roots ever-deeper, even in places like Utah. And in spite of prior Common Law (h/t Pablo), with no evidence that deadly force was intended.
Because face it: it’s easier to arrest the homeowner for his failure to follow established process — no matter the provocation — than it is to chase down those who were attempting to steal his property.
(h/t Terry H)