Friday, January 15, 2010

How Do The British Defend Their Homes From Home Invaders? ...They Can't

A British celebrity, Myleene Klass, who is a popular broadcaster and model, brandished an "illegal" kitchen knife, and ran off a band of young intruders who entered her property last week . Police have told her that they believed she  acted illegally in showing the knife to defend the home.

She was in the kitchen when she saw the intruders in her garden acting suspiciously. They came toward the window she was looking out of, but turned away. They then tried to break into a shed on the property when she screamed and waved the knife to scare the intruders away.

She was informed by the authorities that the kitchen knife was an "offensive weapon", and that she was not allowed to brandish the knife to scare the intruders off, even if endangered on her property.

This is how the self defense system has worked in Britain for years. There is a movement in Britain now to finally allow people to protect themselves and have immunity in using force to fight off intruders.

This latest travesty comes after another Brit, Munir Hussain, was sentenced to prison for 30 months last year after defending himself and his family from a knife wielding home invader.  He, his brother, and Hussain’s family had been tied up by a home invader. The brothers worked their way loose and confronted the burglar. The brothers used a metal bar and cricket bat in fighting back.  They hit the burglar’s head so hard with the bat that it broke in half.

In a complete miscarriage of justice, after the home invader received a well deserved concussion, the Court said that the burglar wasn’t competent to plead to false imprisonment, and was given probation.  This career criminal had more than 50 previous convictions. In addition to Hussain’s 30 months, his brother was sentenced to 39 months. Both brothers were found guilty of causing “grievous bodily harm” to the home invader.

In sentencing the brothers, the Judge said that he believed that civilized society would collapse if people were allowed to take the law into their own hands and punish the intruder, instead of letting “justice” take its course, which in this case was probation for the intruder and prison for his victims. But was this punishment of the home invader, or did the brothers just take steps to protect the home's occupants and stop a vicious crime?  The criminal justice system failed these two men and their families miserably.

You may remember the case of British farmer, Tony Martin, who shot and killed a home invader in self defense several years ago, and was convicted of murder. That event set off a debate on self defense in Britain that hasn’t been resolved yet. We can consider ourselves fortunate indeed to have had forefathers with wisdom enough to affirm out pre-existing right to self defense, and to keep and bear arms.


Gary - Britain said...

We don't want guns thanks very much. Thankfully america is there to constantly remind us why guns for all is a terribly bad idea. We would rather have the freedom to live without the risk of being shot by a random nutter. In the UK we have the police to deal with crime, not vigilantes. But then we also have a free health care system and 4 weeks paid holidays a year. With a bit of luck one day america will achieve the rights and freedoms that Europeans have.

jgh said...

Yes, and you can also be sent to prison for defending your family like Munir Hussain, who was sentenced to 30 months for doing that, and was just released by your appellate court for an "excessive" result in Court. Or, you can waive a knife and yell at teens breaking into your property like Myleene Klass, and be told by police that you have done something wrong. We don't have to leave our sheds unlocked for the convenience of criminals like you do. We really like your "protected" criminal class.
You know that there is a move afoot there to legalize fighting back against criminals without liability. At last.

And, under your "free" healthcare that you pay dearly for in taxes and fees,and death. Your colon polyp will turn to cancer as you wait months for a colonoscopy to remove it. If you get Prostate cancer, you will be a dead man before it is treated. Or, you can come to America to pay to have double hip replacement, when you can hardly move because your hips have disintegrated. because the waiting list is too long.

As far as "random nutters," your chances are great that you will meet one in your house because he knows that he can tie you and your family up on the floor, ransack your home, put everyone in fear of their lives, and steal your TV with impunity while you are watching it.

Are you saying that it's OK for only criminals have guns in your house or on the street? Latvians are converting blank firing guns to shoot 9mm, and they are being sold on your streets for 1,500 pounds. These were used in 300 gun crimes last year. Your government even says that your criminals are renting guns.

Law abiding Brits can't have one in the home and defend their families as they are attacked, or are you saying that there are no home invasions there? Criminals will always get guns, even if they have to make them.

Criminals believe that gun laws are just more laws to break. Thank God, we had that little unpleasantness with you in 1776, so we don't have to live in such an atmosphere that pervades and infects your Great Britain.