I've wondered often how come these Canadians get so agitated about injustices that happen in far away places, and yet seem so blind when they happen on their own doorstep.
As an example, I offer this:
It's time to stop prosecuting the victim
Charges should not be laid against homeowners who arm themselves in self-defence
BY KAREN SELICK, EDMONTON JOURNAL FEBRUARY 17, 2011
One day last August, Ian Thomson was awakened in the early morning by what sounded like an explosion at his rural home near Port Colborne, Ont. Through the window, he could see masked men running around the house, hurling flaming Molotov cocktails at his doors and windows.
Thomson tried to call 911, but couldn't get his phone to work. He knew, in any event, from previous sad experience, that it would take police between 20 and 40 minutes to respond to his emergency call. With the house on fire in two places, he couldn't afford to wait. He had to get out. But not knowing who was attacking him or what they might do to him when he emerged, he took the precaution of arming himself.
A target shooter and former firearms instructor, Thomson owned several legally registered guns, stored correctly in his safe. He opened the safe, loaded a revolver, and went out to defend his life. Three masked intruders fled from his property after he fired two or three shots. Thomson had already endured years of harassment from a neighbour whose long criminal record includes uttering death threats and public mischief. He had found it necessary to install video surveillance cameras to protect his home. Footage of the August 2010 firebombing is therefore available on YouTube, entitled "Surveillance camera video of firebomb attack."
Two men have now been charged with arson. But instead of hailing Thomson as a public benefactor who helped police unmask two suspected criminals, Crown attorneys have instead charged him with careless use of a firearm, pointing a firearm and two counts of careless storage of a firearm.
Ed Burlew, Thomson's lawyer, says there is a good chance Thomson will be acquitted on the grounds of selfdefence.
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