This thread got pushed out to me by Quora last night. This is the original post:
My friend was at a house with three other individuals. They were partying and apparently they had entered the house without the owner's permission.
The owner showed up and told them to get out. My friend said they refused and they might have threatened the owner. But he didn't say what exactly the threat was.
Then the owner went to a closet and got a gun and aimed it at them and forced them out at gunpoint. Was the owner right to do this, and was it legal?
Let’s just say most of the responses are more highly evolved.
Most interestingly, one commenter commented on the narrow, and decidedly non-libertarian positions, of the other commenters:
… No shortage of good answers here, stating in so many words, "Your friends did what!?" … [emphasis added]
Like a significant number of questions about the legality/criminality of a particular act … "The Law" serves no purpose other than to guide police officers, prosecutors, and judges with regards to what to do with the parties to a dispute after the dispute has played itself out. …
What you are really asking is whether your friends can have their outrageous behavior excused by a legal technicality, and the answer is: Sometimes yes … However, even in a situation where a homeowner is arrested, prosecuted, and convicted of using "unreasonable force," the most likely outcome is that your friends would also be arrested, prosecuted, and found guilty of a number of serious crimes, assuming they were not shot by someone before that could happen.