Saturday, January 12, 2013

Is This Where We're Headed?

Leftists who want to restrict our rights to keep and bear arms often cite Canada and England as countries that have 'civilized' gun control laws. Here's a couple of examples of what we have to look forward to if those loons ever get their way and we become 'civilized' as well.

First, from the Britain formerly known as Great: (H/T BMEWS)
A farmer accused of attempted murder after catching an intruder red-handed spoke of his outrage last night after the thief walked free with a £100 fine.

Unemployed criminal David Taylor was captured when Bill Edwards confronted him on his isolated woodland property.

Mr Edwards, 21, fired his shotgun at a van driven by Taylor as the thief accelerated towards his mother, Louisa Smith, 50.
Got that? This thug was caught red-handed stealing someone's property, then tried to run down the landowner and his mother. The farmer used a shotgun (legally owned and carried) to protect them. The assailant gets off with a small fine, while the victims are charged with major felonies.
Taylor was caught after a high-speed chase but it was the farmer who endured a horrendous ordeal at the hands of police who arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder.

Last night Mr Edwards labelled the experience ‘four months of hell’ and attacked the ‘pathetic’ punishment handed out to the intruder.

‘We have had four months of being treated like criminals only to see the real criminal let off with a measly fine which will be paid for by the taxpayer since he is on state benefits.’

Mr Edwards and his mother feared for their lives during the confrontation on their land on the outskirts of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, last August ... They caught Taylor and an accomplice loading stolen metal cables into the back of his Ford Transit after spotting that outbuildings had been tampered with. The thieves jumped into the van and drove it towards the pair as they desperately dialled 999 for help.

Mr Edwards fired his shotgun, which was loaded with lightweight rabbit shot, several times, hitting the van’s windscreen and bodywork. No one was hurt.
Would have been a different story if he carried an EBR (Evil Black Rifle). There's be one less criminal running free today.
Police eventually caught Taylor when Mr Edwards gave chase and gave a running commentary on his mobile phone. But the crook was only charged with metal theft.

Meanwhile Mr Edwards and his mother were arrested, held overnight in cells and left on bail for four months. Mrs Smith was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent.
His mother?!? All she did was try to get out of the way. Sounds like the cops had a hard-on for the victims instead of the criminal.
But even now the farmer has not had his shotgun and other weapons returned to him which he uses to control pests on his land and as a hobby...

Taylor left court grinning and sneered ‘lucky you’ at Mr Edwards after finding out the attempted murder allegation had been dropped.

Moments earlier his solicitor Ian Brickman said the thief ‘is in many ways the victim in this’ and was left so ‘traumatised’ he cannot work.
The thief is the victim?!? Too traumatised to work? He was already drawing unemployment benefits before the incident. His lawyer is just as big a scumbag as the thug.

Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, our neighbor to the north is just as foolish.

Canadian Man Who Defended Himself Against Firebomb Attack Is Acquitted
An Ontario man who says he has been cleared of charges stemming from an attack on his home says he is proud of the precedent the case sets with regards to Canadians’ right to armed self defence.

Ian Thomson says a judge in Welland acquitted him on Thursday of firearms-related charges in connection from a 2010 incident in which he fired three warning shots at a group of men who set his Ontario home ablaze with firebombs.
First of all, why the hell was he firing warning shots? Someone ties to burn down my home, I'm aiming center mass, not at the ground or into the air.

Second, while I've got nothing against the .38 (I carry a little 5-shot short-barreled .38 revolver at times) my home defense pistol is something with a little more punch. My backup weapon at home is a Mossberg 500 pistol grip 12 gauge pump.

Anyway, back to the story.
In August 2010, 54-year-old Thomson was sleeping in his Port Colborne, Ont., home when he awoke to the sound of Molotov cocktails exploding. Looking outside he saw part of his house and his porch ablaze, and four masked men outside. A former firearms instructor, he quickly unlocked his gun safe, loaded a .38 calibre revolver and stepped outside.

Thomson fired three warning shots, which caused the men to flee, before dousing the flames with a garden hose and calling 911.

When police arrived he was taken into custody, and his collection of firearms – assorted handguns worth over $10,000 – and ammunition were seized and impounded.

Soon thereafter, Crown attorneys charged Thomson with careless use of a firearm. These charges were later dropped, and he was charged with two counts of unsafe storage.
Unsafe storage of a firearm? Seems like the government was just looking for an excise -- any excuse -- to charge the guy and confiscate his weapons.
Crown prosecutors argued Thomson had fallen afoul of safe storage regulations because, on the night of the incident, Thomson had a box of .38 Special ammunition in his bedside table. The judge ruled this was irrelevant, Burlew said, since Thomson’s guns were all securely locked away in a gun safe.

The four men who attacked Thomson were all sentenced to between two and four years incarceration.

Unless the Crown decides to appeal the case, Thomson’s collection of guns must be returned to him within 30 days.

Thomson said he came under intense pressure from police to enter a plea and accept a weapons prohibition, but refused due to his belief he was innocent.

Thomson said he racked up about $60,000 in legal costs during the trial, but said much of that was donated by members of the National Firearms Association, the Canadian Sports Shooting Association (CSSA) and readers of the popular pro-firearms online message board
Stay strong, my friends, stay strong. And consider joining and/or donating to the NRA, SAF, GOA, and/or whatever pro-Second Amendment group you prefer. There are also state-level groups. For example, I belong to the Texas State Rifle Association, which does a great job standing up for our 2A rights.

If we don't stand firm and fight back against the gun-grabbing lefitists, we'll be reading more stories like the above, only they'll be datelined "USA."


Old NFO said...

Good points all, and look at the crime rate per 100,000 in England...

CenTexTim said...

Facts mean nothing to those goons.