Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Thursday, December 09, 2004

The Policeman's View of that Snowball

Dave, the author of England's The Policeman's Blog writes about the effort to rewrite England's self defense laws in Hot Burglaries. Excerpt:
The wife and children of Mr Monckton will doubtless be relieved to know that the burglary rate in England is declining significantly. They will also be pleased with official reassurances that the risk of being confronted in one’s own home by a burglar is astonishingly rare. Not as astonishingly rare as it is in the US, where the right to defend one’s family has not been taken away from the individual and given to the state.

Whenever I go to a burglary, I reach for the modern English policeman’s weapon of choice: the photocopier (double sided, black and white, 40 copies per minute). I have to print out leaflets to put into letterboxes asking if people saw anything at about the time of the burglary. I usually do about five houses either side of the attacked property and ten on the opposite side of the street and any other properties that may be significant (shops, garages etc). I also take a detailed statement about what has been taken, the layout of the house and any damage caused and I give the crime number to the injured party. SOCO will arrive (if they can finish before 9.00 pm) and often recover footprints and glove marks. Finally, I leave a leaflet offering the services of Victim Support and advise the homeowners to take better security precautions in the future. The victim’s faith in the police restored, I leave to return to the police station to write a detailed report of my actions.

The English middle classes are at their best when they are burgled: the stiff upper lip, the offer of tea, the uncomfortable draught caused by the smashed window in the kitchen (“don’t worry officer, we’ve not touched anything”). They display a resignation which I used to find touching, but now makes me rather frustrated.
RTWT. For that matter, read the whole blog.

Edited to add, An Englishman's Castle points to the latest news stories on the "Bash-a-Burglar" law, and credits bloggers at least somewhat.

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