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Saturday, January 29, 2011
Fix laws that see decent folk face charges for protecting themselves
My mum — God rest her soul— was a product of London’s East End.
Born and raised in Stepney, she went to the same school as the infamous Kray Twin gangsters, and while full of love, justice, compassion and decency, she always stood up for herself and her family.
When I was five years old, a large lady who served the gruesome lunches at school took a dislike to me and made my life particularly unpleasant. Mum went to the school. She told the good woman what was right and what was wrong and, oddly enough, life was suddenly not so bad for me.
It was, I suppose, a form of muscular morality. A bully was told to change her ways.
Today, no doubt, there would be a lawsuit, a union action and a complaint to a human rights commission.
The legendary “mum and the dinner lady” story was all over the school within a day, and it came back to mind this week as the government and media explored a citizen’s right to self defence. Some of the cases of confusion are now well known. The Chinese storekeeper holding a career thief captive until the police arrived, but then being charged himself; a young man charged with manslaughter for punching a homeless drug addict trying to break into his car while he was sitting in it with his girlfriend; a homeowner prosecuted for using a legally owned gun to take on arsonists attacking his house.
There are numerous other examples that are seldom made public. Ordinary people who use their fists or a weapon at hand to defend their safety and property, then find government lawyers and cops are as concerned with arresting them as they are the culprits. It’s more than just a question of balance. The police were once perceived as the guardians of the people, but are now increasingly seen as robotic agents of the state.
This is not about vigilante justice. Only a handful of fanatics want every citizen to carry a concealed weapon and have the right to shoot anyone who threatens them. That’s a caricature, a straw man created by the left to marginalize those of us who simply believe we have the right to self-protection. Nor is it about frontier values, settler ethics or what some see as American-style machismo.
In fact, it’s quintessentially Canadian. Respect. I respect your right to safety, as long as you respect mine. If you break into my home, I have the right — the duty — to protect what I have worked for and to look after members of my family. You are the one who has broken the code of civilization and as such, you may suffer the ultimate penalty. There should not be degrees of response, as if a homeowner can measure just how violent he should be to an intruder.
There is a social contract between citizen and state, but it’s being broken by zealous crown prosecutors, politically correct cops and charter-obsessed politicians. We’re moderate people. Don’t turn us into extremists.
If my dear mum was still around, she’d march up to the court and the Parliament and you’d soon see common sense.
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