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#441107 - 12/21/10 09:56 PM Criminals have more rights than victims
LordofDarkness Offline
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I saw this in a magazine I just got in the mail today.

If these examples explained in this article are true, how can we as individuals defend what is valuable to us if the police force isn't as fast or reliable as it should be?

What are the tactics we can use to safeguard ourselves so we won't be falling in with a punishment as well?

I find this a bit interesting because it seems to me that I live in a society that is against justice. Since that seems to be the case, I was wondering what some of your thoughts would be. Suggestions to some example are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for reading in advance ladies and gentlemen!

HS!
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#441112 - 12/21/10 10:55 PM Re: Criminals have more rights than victims [Re: LordofDarkness]
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Your location says you live in Tennessee. You are aware that your state issues concealed carry permits freely and that you have almost no restrictions on firearm ownership? The examples cited in the article are from England and Canada (the English one is a notorious case).

So the obvious answer is "Own a gun and know how to use it. Then get a permit to carry it."

American law has yet to fall into such ridiculous folly in general, and the southern states especially have passed various laws with names such as "Castle Doctrine" establishing your right to defend yourself and your property and denying prosecutors the ability to charge you with a crime for doing so.

This line from the article made me laugh, however:

"England is the cradle of modern liberty"

Hahaha.

In summary: You live in the dirty south. Go buy 5 handguns, 3 assault rifles, and 2 modified shotguns and embrace your inner redneck.


Edited by Hagen von Tronje (12/21/10 10:57 PM)
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#441113 - 12/21/10 11:01 PM Re: Criminals have more rights than victims [Re: Hagen von Tronje]
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Doctrine_in_the_US

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My thoughts? I’m glad that Texas is a long way from Canada. crossbones


Edited by John Prophet (12/21/10 11:08 PM)
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#441121 - 12/21/10 11:29 PM Re: Criminals have more rights than victims [Re: LordofDarkness]
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Yeah the law is typically very anti-justice in cases like this, by which I mean cases of self-defense. (Especially in one's home but also on the street.)
In the US, especially in the South yeah but nationwide, we of course don't have nearly the gun restrictions as in most of Europe or even Canada, and especially England.

It's ridiculous though when the law treats people defending themselves from burglars as being criminals themselves for shooting the bastards...if someone breaks into my house without my permission I should have every right to blow his head off. If every home-owner had a gun, and the right to USE it to defend their property and lives, it might discourage home-invasions and car-thefts and such quite a bit. But no, as it is now, I just have to wait for the cops, who won't get there in time, and just follow a police report after I've watched some dirtbag run off with my TV and computer.
There was a case here locally where a homeowner shot and killed a teenager who was stealing his car out of his driveway with an accomplice in the middle of the night. The guy was charged with manslaughter, ridiculous; the kid had a knife on him, and reportedly ran at the guy, and he has a criminal record including violent crime. And he was stealing a car.
Fortunately, the man who shot him was acquitted of the charges.
And good riddance one more worthless scumbag gangbanger kid off the street...there's so damn many of them.

Like really, I hate these people who coddle criminals, say they're just victims of society and poverty blah blah.
We need judges and juries that will stand up for people's rights to self-defense, and we need a police system that actually STOPS crimes, rather than just investigating and trying to discourage future ones.
People with the right to defend themselves, and responsive police are two thing which will discourage crime and reduce the number of criminals out on the street. (and hopefully alive.)

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#441134 - 12/22/10 01:49 AM Re: Criminals have more rights than victims [Re: John Prophet]
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Us Texans aint messin round, partner! wink

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#441137 - 12/22/10 02:25 AM Re: Criminals have more rights than victims [Re: GoodMourning]
John Prophet Offline

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Originally Posted By: GoodMourning
Us Texans aint messin round, partner! wink


Yep, we don’t take too kindly to firearms restrictions ‘round these here parts. cool
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#441138 - 12/22/10 02:35 AM Re: Criminals have more rights than victims [Re: LordofDarkness]
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Just came across this as you posted...



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#441139 - 12/22/10 02:55 AM Re: Criminals have more rights than victims [Re: LordofDarkness]
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It should also be noted that the burglar Tony Martin shot dead also had something like ninety previous convictions for burgalry.
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#441140 - 12/22/10 02:58 AM Re: Criminals have more rights than victims [Re: Delta]
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Well you need those to deal with all of the varmints down here. I mean, have you seen the size of our cockroaches?!


Incidentally, that’s still not as crazy as what you will find in Japanese vending machines… zombie
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#441179 - 12/22/10 04:16 PM Re: Criminals have more rights than victims [Re: LordofDarkness]
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The Tony Martin case had a number of other problems, one of the ones focussed on by the media mostly being about the burglers being from the "travelling community". This added a new slant to the case because of the problems surrounding the image travellers have.
And Tony Martin had a shotgun - shotguns are far from impossible to get a licence for here in England. Rifles are much more difficult to own legally, but I know many poeple who do. Handguns of any sort are illegal, period. Even our police can't carry them, and our Olympic pistol shooting team have to practice elsewhere in Europe.
I would, however, agree that the law is perceived to be skewed to the side of the criminals; the gutter press delights in reporting such tale because the "good guys" winning a court case simply wouldn't be interesting news. Granny locked up for refusing to pay exorbitant council tax rates? The courts are evil, they're too harsh! scream the headlines. Yet the opposite is also true, according to the news. Thankfully I've yet to need the police in an emergency, so maybe I'm still hopeful that they'll come when I need them.
But if someone is breaking into my house at night and I've no way out (I'd rather escape - my insurance will pay for damaged and stolen property) then I'll grab whatever's lying around and brain the intruder, I'll worry about the consequences later!


Edited by Furrtiv (12/22/10 04:17 PM)

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#441193 - 12/22/10 06:43 PM Re: Criminals have more rights than victims [Re: LordofDarkness]
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Strictly speaking, nobody has any "rights" until they have to answer to someone. Were you a wild animal you'd only have opportunities. However, if in captivity, you are caged in by that state of ownership which is only made sweeter by certain "rights" that your Lord and Master is kindly offering you. If you're not in a state of bondage you don't have any rights. That's what freedom is all about. Anything can (and will) happen.
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#441343 - 12/24/10 11:35 AM Re: Criminals have more rights than victims [Re: LordofDarkness]
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Loc: Alberta, Canada
Thank you for posting that article. I live in Edmonton Alberta (formerly of Toronto) and am familiar with the cases noted.

It is a sad truth that the rights of the criminals are defended over those of the victim. Charging the victim because they fought back? What were they supposed to do? Let the criminals do as they please, let them get a way then give a really good description to the police and hope they do their jobs and catch them?

Once upon a time women were told to submit if being raped as it was their best chance of living. Then courts began to use this submission as an argument that "they were willing". Similarly, if one doesn't attempt to fend off a burglar, the court could argue that the victim "let it happen" or even possibly theorize that the victim was working with the burglar in order to commit insurance fraud. However, fight back and you risk getting charged yourself. Talk about a catch 22.

Personally I wouldn't want a gun in my home for defense. However, I firmly believe that an individual should be able to do or use whatever is necessary to protect and defend his/her own property and family. Especially if the police aren't going to do it for them.
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#441346 - 12/24/10 11:41 AM Re: Criminals have more rights than victims [Re: John Prophet]
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Originally Posted By: John Prophet
Incidentally, that’s still not as crazy as what you will find in Japanese vending machines… zombie


I've never been to Japan, so what's the problem with that vending machines?
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#441360 - 12/24/10 01:03 PM Re: Criminals have more rights than victims [Re: SatAnonymous]
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This should answer your question...

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#441371 - 12/24/10 04:20 PM Re: Criminals have more rights than victims [Re: SatAnonymous]
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This too:

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