Monday, September 7, 2009

When Common Sense Becomes Criminal

You're sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door. Half-awake,
and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers. At least two people
have broken into your house and are moving your way. With your heart pumping,
you reach down beside your bed and pick up your shotgun.

you make out two shadows. One holds something that looks like
a crowbar.
As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you're in trouble. In
your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few that are privately
owned are so stringently regulated as to make them useless.

This case really happened

On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk, England, killed one burglar
and wounded a second. In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now serving a
life term. How did it become a crime to defend one's own life in the once great
British Empire?

It started with the Pistols Act of 1903
This seemingly reasonable law forbade
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