The main question surrounding this now is whether or not the father will be charged with a crime.
I pray I'm never in this situation, but I also wonder what I would do if I were.
I'm not a violent person, but I am protective. Whether it's myself, my property, my family, or anything else I'm strongly attached to, I will defend it. I also don't have a short fuse. It takes a lot to get me fired up, but even then, I'm more likely to talk through something than take to physical altercations.
Speaking as a man trying (and failing every day) to follow the path of Christ, I'd like to think I'd have the self control to put an end to the situation without putting an end to the male's life.
Speaking as the sinful man I am, I imagine I would act as judge and executioner in a very short period of time.
Obviously, in the heat of the moment you don't have time to think about all the negative consequences of your actions.
I'm sure he wasn't thinking about the possibility of his daughter growing up without him as he spent time in jail.
I'm sure he wasn't thinking about the regret he would be carrying around with him for the rest of his life, knowing he took another life.
I'm sure he wasn't thinking about what impact his actions would have on those people in the attacker's life.
I'm sure he wasn't thinking about any of that as he saw his daughter being attacked.
In fact, I'm almost certain he stopped thinking about anything as the urge to protect his daughter became the only thing on his mind.
Even now, I don't know if it does any good to think about it and what I may or may not do. You can think about every possible scenario and outcome that may happen to you in life, but when it comes down to it, there are some things you can't practice or prepare for.
For the guys out there, what do you think you'd do?
For everyone, should the father be charged with a crime?