Compare and Contrast


England:

Almost one in three people hold a “weapon” in their home to use against intruders.

Householders confessed to storing items such as golf clubs, cricket bats and heavy torches close to their beds to use in self-defence, researchers found.

And more than half of those people said they are willing to use the item as a weapon against an intruder if they had to, insurance company Cornhill Direct said.

Under UK law, anyone can use reasonable force to protect themselves or others or to prevent a crime.

But it is for a court to decide whether violence is justified in a particular set of circumstances.

The terrifying ordeal suffered by Kerry Katona and her family at the hands of burglars has brought into sharp focus the fear many people have about falling victim to violent robbers.(story)

United States

H.R.73 – Citizens’ Self-Defense Act of 2007To protect the right to obtain firearms for security, and to use firearms in defense of self, family, or home, and to provide for the enforcement of such right.

1/4/2007–Introduced.
Citizens’ Self-Defense Act of 2007 – Declares that a person not prohibited under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act from receiving a firearm shall have the right to obtain firearms for security and to use firearms in defense of: (1) self or family against a reasonably perceived threat of imminent and unlawful infliction of serious bodily injury; (2) self or family in the course of the commission by another person of a violent felony against the person or a member of the person’s family; and (3) the person’s home in the course of the commission of a felony by another person. Authorizes persons whose rights under this Act have been violated to bring an action in U.S. district court against the United States, any state, or any person for damages, injunctive relief, and such other relief as the court deems appropriate.(link)

I have been told that by allowing its citizens access to firearms the U.S. is not a civilized society. If England is supposed to be an example of civilized society, I’ll stick with the United States thank you very much.

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One response to “Compare and Contrast

  1. When enough good, ordinary people are willing to break the law, the tide may begin to shift.

    Until that day, I have no wish to live in England.