I'm really tying to understand the justification of property as more valuable than life.
Even if I concede that shooting someone in defense of your property is permissible, can't anyone see how this cultural mindset will lead to innocent lives being lost?
High school track star shot and killed after jumping out of closet in prank gone horribly wrong: father - NY Daily News
So the response might be....Well, he should have identified his target before he shot....
Yes, that's true, but the reality is that a culture that values property over life this kind of thing will happen everyday. Most people that own firearms aren't capable of the mental dexterity it takes to evaluate a situation in a split second before making the determination to deploy lethal force. That's not intended to be insulting. It takes training, LOT's of training under the right circumstances. Most police don't possess the mental dexterity necessary, which is why we hear about lethal force being used when it probably shouldn't have.
The problem is ALWAYS information. Do you have enough information to make a decision? Will your decision be judged in the light of the information you had, or should have considered on "Monday" when everyone reads about it?
Protecting ones life is one thing, but killing someone because someone stole what amounts to a few hours of my labor.....Ummmm....I'm not convinced that unilateral lethal force is the cultural direction I advocate.