So far this year, there have been eleven homicides in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Six of those were at the hands of armed law-abiding citizens defending themselves. Police haven’t had to kill any thus far. The Daily Caller reported:
Tulsa has had 11 homicides in 2015, nearly half of them by regular people acting legally in self-defense, Tulsa World reports.
“It’s been an odd year,” Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker told Tulsa World. “I’m sure it will even out over the next 12 months, but, yeah… it’s been odd.”
This year’s slew of regular people defending themselves is a huge spike from the previous year. In 2014, only eight self-defense homicides occurred in Tulsa, and police were responsible for six. None of the homicides this year have been at the hands of police.
Oklahoma’s laws have broad protections for those who protect themselves. State statutes expanded in 2006 and 2011 to increase residents’ liberties in defending themselves. Oklahoma residents can fight back with deadly force if they believe a home intruder may physically attack them, even if they don’t fear for their life.
I think it’s good that residents are able to defend themselves like this. It makes the police’s job easier. If the home intruders are dead, there’s no need for making arrests and providing room and board for violent criminals. There’s also not as much of a need to deal with dead, innocent residents who weren’t able to defend themselves.
When you have this many residents owning guns and taking action when necessary, it makes for a safer community. The police can’t be expected to be everywhere at once, and criminals are good at evading police. They’re not, however, very good at evading bullets from armed homeowners.