Some critics in America argue that ‘stand-your-ground’ laws allow citizens too much leeway in how they defend themselves and their homes. Others feel it is a fundamental right to be able to defend themselves and their home from assailants.
A shocking case out of London highlights the flaws in a legal system where citizens don’t have the same rights of self preservation that us Yankees do.
A 78-year-old man has recently been arrested on suspicion of murder after he stabbed one of two burglars who were robbing his home.
It all started when the homeowner called police to report his home we being broken into at 12:45 a.m.
Then one burglar forced the elderly man into his kitchen and threatened him with a screwdriver while another man went upstairs to rob the house, according to Sky News.
When the other burglar went upstairs, a struggle ensued with the homeowner and the man armed with the screwdriver. The homeowner managed to grab a knife and stabbed the armed man in the upper body. Both burglars then fled the scene before police arrived.
The burglar who was stabbed was found nearby and taken to a hospital where he later died.
The 78-year-old homeowner was brought in was eventually arrested on ‘suspicion of murder’ charges, even though he suffered bruising to his arms indicating he was acting in self-defense.
According to reports, there had been a spate of break-ins in the neighborhood recently.
This terrible story comes on the heels of another shocking revelation about London. The British capital now has a higher murder rate than New York City, which is odd considering London and the UK have extremely strict gun-control laws.
So now, criminals know that not only are homeowners unarmed, but that should they arm themselves with a simple kitchen knife for self-defense, the homeowner somehow becomes criminal in this bizarro-world criminal justice system.
Yet this is exactly the kind of legal precedent that many are sadly advocating for in America.