Thanks to the folks at Fark and by extension, Reddit, I have a solid place to find video content that’s fresh and fun. If you’re a regular Farker, this video above will be of no surprise. If you haven’t seen it, watch through until the end. While I don’t advocate the shooting of clowns (or really any violence towards them), I do believe that the fine citizens of Texas are well within their rights to shoot a clown if presented with any of the scenarios filmed here. Sec. 9.31 of the Texas Penal Code available here states the following (emphasis mine):
Sec. 9.31. SELF-DEFENSE. (a) Except as provided in Subsection (b), a person is justified in using force against another when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to protect the actor against the other’s use or attempted use of unlawful force. The actor’s belief that the force was immediately necessary as described by this subsection is presumed to be reasonable if the actor:
(1) knew or had reason to believe that the person against whom the force was used:
(A) unlawfully and with force entered, or was attempting to enter unlawfully and with force, the actor’s occupied habitation, vehicle, or place of business or employment;
(B) unlawfully and with force removed, or was attempting to remove unlawfully and with force, the actor from the actor’s habitation, vehicle, or place of business or employment; or
(C) was committing or attempting to commit aggravated kidnapping, murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated robbery;
(2) did not provoke the person against whom the force was used; and
(3) was not otherwise engaged in criminal activity, other than a Class C misdemeanor that is a violation of a law or ordinance regulating traffic at the time the force was used.
Based on that three-factor test, a Texan would be well within their legal rights to shoot the clown in the above scenarios. Hopefully, discretion would prevail, but given the rise in concealed carry permits being awarded in these United States, statistics do not favor the producers of this prank show. Looking for a close call? In the last ten seconds of the video, you’ll see a chap, knife in hand, having a heated discussion with the producers. Future pranksters might not be so lucky to find themselves chatting with a somewhat rational man wielding a knife.
The lesson here is to keep your head on a swivel, be ready to bolt (it worked for these people), and don’t run a prank show that scares the bejeezus out of people.