Andy asks an interesting question over at Ace Of Spades HQ:
I’m sure most of you have seen by now the photos of the two Boston marathon bomberstaken by Andrew Kitzenberg from his Watertown apartment during the shootout with the police last week. If not, here’s one:
As a matter of marksmanship, that looks like a pretty easy shot to make on the terrorists. Maybe, maybe 50 yards … and they’re illuminated by the SUV’s headlights and focused on the policemen in front of them. Fish, meet barrel.
As a matter of law, though, it’s not an easy call at all. Your lawful actions if you find yourself in this type of situation is highly dependent on which state you happen to be located in.
So, knowing the possible legal ramifications of shooting those two terrorists, who at the time that picture was taken had murdered two women, an 8-year old boy and a law enforcement officer, and attempted to murder hundreds of others, would you shoot, or not shoot?
If I knew those were the guys who set off the bombs, I’d shoot. But will we always know that? Probably not. Unless our ear was glued to the police scanner RIGHT before that went down, no, we probably won’t know that. Without that knowledge, what we’d see is the police having a knock-down, drag-out gunfight on the street with two crooks in the middle of my street. At that point, my priority is getting my family to a safe refuge.
And then I’d probably grab a camera and take pictures. Once a photojournalist, always a photojournalist.