Las Vegas Sun

November 27, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Perceiving any danger? I am

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I read with much interest that the Nevada Supreme Court, in its infinite wisdom, declared that the perception of danger is the defining criteria to determine when an individual can use deadly force.

The police officer who shot unarmed Stanley Gibson with a rifle while Gibson was sitting in his car must have perceived danger. In danger from what? Does this apply to all of the citizens of Nevada?

Who determines whether my perception of danger qualifies for a walk from accountability if I kill someone? Is it just my perception that I am in danger that qualifies? That seems to be a pretty low threshold for taking a life.

All of a sudden I’m feeling not so safe and secure in Nevada.

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