OK, dude. Reasonable belief doesn't require any insight into the state of mind of the perpetrator, or any understanding of what he has or will actually do. All that it requires is that a reasonable person would fear that a forcible felony was likely. You do realize that hot prowls are forcible felonies, correct? The only difference is that it may be OK in OK to shoot somebody as he is leaving with your TV, and not in MT.I would say it’s a damn important difference.
I would say you’re 100% correct if the jury is made up of bear pit members
But, what about a scenario of a clear forcible entry but it’s unclear whether the intruder even notices the homeowner. In that scenario, it’s hard to say whether there’s a reasonable belief of a forcible felony the way Montana defines that term.
What it does is it takes away the arguments of he was just stealing the tv to pay for college argument and he’s not violent and would never hurt anyone. It’s a bright line rule that justifies self defense for any unlawful forcible entry