A man on a farm in Texas was working when he heard the screams of his four-year-old child coming from the barn. When he rushed to find her, he discovered a ranch hand in the act of molesting her. Naturally, he pulled the man off of his child. Then beat him. To death.
No charges have been filed, but some people are hailing this guy as a hero, others are saying the father obviously committed a crime. I'm in the first camp. It was a crime of passion if it can even be considered a crime at all. Perhaps "passion of self-defense" is a better term. That father had every right to murder that bastard on the spot. I'm a short little lady, but I like to think I could grow ten feet and beat someone to death who harmed my child.
I'm not a lawyer, so maybe someone can chime in here and tell me: Does self-defense include defending your children? It should. I'm not one for guns and I don't condone going around murdering people who tick you off, but if a person's child is confronted with a violent attacker, it seem to only make sense that the parent coming to their aid is simply self-defense. After all, we are the legal guardians of our kids so defending their bodies in the face of an onslaught seems justified to me. I mean, what if that ranch hand had tried to sexually assault the father, got beaten and happened to die? What if the little girl had some sort of hurculean strength and managed to kill him herself?
As it turns out, the father is very remorseful about what happened and did not intend to kill the man. I say good work, pops. People who harm children, especially sexually, don't deserve one modicum of humanity.
UPDATE - According to the Huffington Post, the father of the year won't be charged. I never thought I'd say it, but God bless Texas. And that is coming from someone who would never own a gun, eat an animal or vote conservatively.