Self Defense do old guys have to play fair? What’s a fair fight? What are the limits of self defense? If an old white guy is attacked by some young punk, does he have to fight it out mano e mano till he drops dead from a heart attack, or can he pull out a gun, shrug his shoulders and shoot the guy dead. The Chuck Norris Rule demands that force can only be met with equal force. The Chicago Way, on the other hand, from the movie The Untouchables demands that: If he sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue! In two recent cases, much to the chagrin of the anti-gun crowd, it was the latter that prevailed.
From Taki’s Magazine by David Cole:
Old White Guys and the Chuck Norris Rule
In two separate but similar criminal cases that were resolved this year, a precedent was established that will possibly, hopefully, influence prosecutors in the years to come: Elderly white guys are not legally mandated to play by the “Chuck Norris rule” if they believe their lives are at risk.
What’s the Chuck Norris rule? As anyone who’s ever seen his family-friendly brand of martial-arts ass-kicking knows, the Chuck Norris rule is simple: Force can only be met with equal but not greater force. An evil ninja comes at you with fists, you use fists to defeat him. Kicks can be met with kicks. Weapons like a staff or a sword are only allowable when the bad guys use them first. And a gun? That’s only a permissible line of defense when the villain is firing directly at you with intent to kill.
In the Chuck Norris universe, this type of proportional response to villainy is mandated. It’s why, for eight seasons, CBS was able to promote Walker, Texas Ranger as family-friendly entertainment.
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Like all elderly people, aging whites will become increasingly susceptible to crime, and matters relating to self-defense will become more and more important. Which is why I consider it a small victory that this year, two separate attempts to penalize old white men for not abiding by the Chuck Norris rule failed miserably.
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In July 2014, 80-year-old Long Beach resident Tom Greer had the utter gall to think he could just waltz into his own house after spending an evening out. Unfortunately, his act of aggression—coming home—surprised two local thugs (both with a history of crimes against the elderly) who were in the process of ransacking Greer’s house when the old man returned. The criminals—a 26-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman—began mercilessly beating Greer, breaking his collarbone and knocking him to the floor. As the male robber tried to force open Greer’s safe, the female continued the attack, stomping on the helpless octogenarian. Finally, she left to help her boyfriend with the safe, giving Greer time to crawl toward where he kept his .22 Smith & Wesson. . . . “Greer should have called police and waited for them to arrive,” said Navarrette, a vocal gun-control advocate.
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And in another case: 74-year-old Wayne Burgarello, a retired schoolteacher. Burgarello had the nerve to own a rental unit, a duplex, that he wasn’t using (greedy white man! So many people can’t afford one home, and he dares to have two?). A heroic junkie decided to break into the duplex and use it as her own personal medicinal meth clinic. Burgarello had been becoming more and more agitated about break-ins and thefts at the duplex, so one evening he decided to drop by, foolishly thinking he had the right to visit his property anytime he wanted. After calling out a warning demanding that any trespassers leave, Burgarello entered. . . .
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The Clint Eastwood Rule, the antithesis of the Chuck Norris Rule: Counter your adversaries with overwhelming force
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Rule, as seen at the end of the movie: Challenge the other guy’s masculinity by daring him to go mano e mano, and when he puts down his gun shoot him with yours. A version of this can be seen in this Star Trek clip: