Would the Democrat vote the same way if the issue came up again?
State Rep. Borris Miles, who voted earlier this year against a bill broadening Texans’ rights to defend themselves with deadly force, shot and wounded a man he said was trying to steal copper from a palatial house he is building in the Third Ward.
The freshman lawmaker was one of a handful of representatives who voted against a bill designed to strengthen the state’s self-defense statute during the legislative session earlier this year. In a 133-13 vote, the House approved Senate Bill 378, which clarifies whether Texans must try to retreat from an attacker in their own homes. It permits use of deadly force in self defense against attacks that occur at a person’s home, work or vehicle. The law goes into effect Sept. 1.
It’s amazing that he’d vote against a law that is designed to protect citizens who are defending themselves in their own home and then turn around a shoot a guy for stealing some copper wires from a construction site upon which his future home is being built.