Monday, June 19, 2006

The unbearable lightness of the law

When a country directs a portion of its law to guaranteeing its own precedence in the defense of its citizens, it most readily does so by subverting the authority of individuals to guarantee their own. The gun registry, heavy-handed and arbitrary prohibitions of peaceful activities, and the conciliatory sentencing of violent criminals together deprecate the efforts of individuals to seek justice for themselves and consitute an inevitable legal accommodation with crime. So much so that, in Manitoba, the criminals are comfortable enough with the law to seek it out. From CJOB News via Dust my Broom:

Two suspects in a weekend home invasion went straight to the police after the incident... because the homeowner shot at them. According to police, it happened about 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon, 45 kilometres north of Roblin.

Two men kicked in the front door of the home, and the property owner grabbed a firearm. At that point the invaders left... but as they were going, a shot was fired at their vehicle and hit the driver.

The culprits drove to Russell to complain to the RCMP.

[…] Now, 28 year old Harvey Joseph Young is charged with Attempted Murder, along with eight other weapons and firearm-related charges.

Fifty- year- old Terry Eldred Curle of Russell and 37 year old Darren Norman Lindsay of Roblin face several charges each in connection with the home invastion attempt.
It would come as no surprise if the list of charges against the property owner should prove more legally severe than those against the invaders. One hopes that the penalties, when they have been announced, will be more proportionate with justice.


Anonymous said...

Guess that hapless homeowner should have registered his firearms, eh?
Tsk tsk tsk

Anonymous said...

Criminals have rights too! :-(

MapMaster said...

Agreed, but the rights of the property owner to defend his property against willful invasion far exceed those of the criminal... or ought to, at least!

Anonymous said...

Non-restricted long guns don't have to be registered, they would just prefer that you do.
It's likely that the rest of the charges relate to how he stored his firearms - aka: they were accessible to him when he was attacked.