Friday, December 10, 2004

Stop the insanity! UK laws favor the criminal.

One of my must hit sites, Fark, has a link to this little gem out of the United Kingdom. Dr. Ira Stephen has written a piece giving residents of the UK a little advice on what to do during a home invasion. Now for those of us living in the States, the answer to a home invasion might be a little more simplistic, beat the crap out of the criminal, or if you have the means, shoot 'em. However in Europe, where nuance and sophistication are the rule, the answer is must less simple.
From a police perspective, the advice to potential victims of burglaries is unequivocal and clear-cut and you should never "have a go", so to speak...
Ok, so far so good. Trying to fight off the assailant might not be the best idea if you are not trained in such activities. But his advice gets better.
If you attack the burglar, or react in an "over the top" manner, as was recently illustrated in the case of Tony Martin who shot intruders in his Norfolk farmhouse, you will inevitably end up on the receiving end of a prison sentence that will far outstrip that imposed on the intruder in your own home.
That's right! How dare you defend yourself in your own home! How dare you presume to consider your life and property to be of more value than the burglar's well being! But it gets even better.
Direct contact should be avoided whenever possible. If unavoidable, the victim should adopt a state of active passivity. In most cases the best form of defense is always avoidance. If this isn’t possible, act passively, be careful what you say or do and give up valuables without a struggle. This allows the victim to take charge of the situation, without the intruder’s awareness, through subtle and non-confrontational means. People can cooperate but initiate nothing. By doing nothing there is no chance of inadvertently initiating violence by saying something such as "Please don’t hurt me".
Ok, so now you can't even plead for your own life and safety! What would you suggest we do. Put the tea on, open the door, pack our belongings into-easy-to-carry bags and shoot ourselves in the head. Just so the burglar doesn't get injured in robbing my house!?!?
In a situation involving housebreaking it is also important to remember that many common burglars are adolescents, most likely starting out on the first rung of the criminal ladder, and they are therefore prone to lashing out if confronted and in the worst case scenarios killing out of panic and fear.
Ok, so this is criminal grammar school, eh? So rather than teaching the little "bloke" a lesson that crime doesn't pay, we should expedite their rise to more serious criminal endevors? I could dissect this article line by line, but you can read it for yourself and be outraged.

This is just asinine. Instead of coddling criminals we need to be punishing them. This is why the crime rate in the UK is on the rise. Despite what our friends in the gun control lobby say, England is not the peaceful, gun free paradise they portray. The gun control lobby try to hold England and Australia up as model societies where strict gun laws encourage a crime-free peaceful existence. However, the sad fact is that since the strict gun laws were passed in England and Australia, crime has increased. Compare that to the U.S. where as more and more states pass conceal carry laws, the crime rate continues to drop.

With this kind of mentality, I can almost understand Europe's position on Iraq too. In a world where the criminal has rights, and the victim has none, supporting a genocidal maniac who has already invaded three of his neighbors, shot missiles at a fourth, and had the capacity to make weapons of mass distraction might make sense.