On Christmas day, a friend posted a link on my Facebook timeline to an article about a tabloid-ready story of a father, George Pickering II, who held a three-hour stand-off with the police, initially at gunpoint, to prevent a hospital in Texas from putting his son on a "terminal wean," after they proclaimed him brain dead. That means they were slowly withdrawing his life support. Another son disarmed their distraught father.
Obviously, you can't endorse the father's desperate gambit, but you can certainly sympathize with his desperation. After all, he yelled, "I'll kill you all," as he pointed his gun at hospital personnel. But, the fact that his son was about to have his life support shut off, yet he's now fully recovered, does tend to lend credence to his sense of urgency to action. The courts seem to have agreed. One of the charges against him were dropped, and the other was reduced to time served. This is what George Pickering III went on to say:
It was love. It was love. It’s the duty of a parent to protect your children and that’s all he did. Everything good that made me a man is because of that man sitting next to me.”And he was sitting there because of him, too.