In one Spokesman-Review article, Gail Gerlach stated that he deeply regretted his action and wished it hadn’t happened.
I suggest that without an immediately available gun, his justified instant anger at being robbed would have allowed a little time to reflect, and the killing would never have happened. Without the gun, he would be regretting the theft of his truck and tools (which may have been returned to him later), and not suffering overwhelming remorse for having killed another human being, and losing his freedom and peace of mind, perhaps for the rest of his life.
Were his gun rights worth it?
Bernadine Van Thiel