As In My Wildest State of Mind, I Have Never Seen Such Immoral Behavior!

You’re sound asleep when  you hear  a thump outside your  bedroom door.

Half-awake, and nearly  paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled  whispers.
At least two people have  broken into your house and are moving your  way.With your heart pumping,  you reach down beside your bed and pick up your  shotgun. You rack a shell into  the chamber, then inch toward the door and open  it. In the darkness, you  make out two  shadows.

One holds something that  looks like a  crowbar.

When the intruder  brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the  shotgun and fire. The blast knocks both  thugs to the  floor. One writhes and screams  while the second man crawls to the front  door and lurches  outside.

As you pick up the  telephone to call police, you know you’re in  trouble.

In your country, most guns  were outlawed years before, and the few that are  privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make  them useless.
Yours was never  registered. Police arrive and inform  you
that the second burglar has  died. They arrest you for First Degree  Murder

and  Illegal Possession of a  Firearm. When you talk to your attorney,  he tells you  not to worry: authorities will probably plea the case  down to manslaughter. “What kind of sentence will I  get?” you ask.

“Only ten-to-twelve  years,” he  replies, as if that’s  nothing.

“Behave yourself, and you’ll be  out in seven.”

The  next day, the shooting is the  lead

story in the local  newspaper. Somehow, you’re portrayed as an  eccentric vigilante while the two men you shot are  represented as choirboys.

Their friends and relatives  can’t find an  unkind word to say about  them..

Buried deep down in the article,  authorities acknowledge that both “victims” have been  arrested numerous times.

But  the next day’s headline says it  all:  “Lovable Rogue Son Didn’t  Deserve to Die.”

The  thieves have been transformed from career criminals into  Robin Hood-type  pranksters..
As  the days wear on, the story takes  wings. The  national media picks it  up, then the international  media.

The  surviving burglar has become a folk hero.  Your attorney says the thief is  preparing to sue you, and he’ll probably win.  The  media publishes reports that your home has been  burglarized several times in the past and that you’ve  been critical of local police for their  lack effort in apprehending the suspects.

After the last break-in, you  told your neighbor that you would be prepared next time.  The  District Attorney uses this to  allege that you were lying in wait for  the burglars.

A  few months later, you go to  trial.  The  charges haven’t been  reduced, as  your lawyer had so confidently  predicted.  When you take the stand, your  anger at the  injustice of it all works against  you..Prosecutors paint a picture of  you as  a mean, vengeful man.  It  doesn’t take long for the jury to convict you of all  charges.

The  judge sentences you to life in  prison.  This case really  happened.  On  August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk ,  England , killed one burglar and wounded a  second. In  April, 2000, he was  convicted  and  is now serving a life  term..

How  did it become a crime to defend one’s own life in the  once great British Empire?  It  started with the Pistols Act of  1903.

This seemingly reasonable law  forbade selling pistols to minors or felons and  established that handgun sales were to be made only to  those who had a license. The Firearms Act of 1920  expanded licensing to include not only handguns but all  firearms except shotguns..Later laws passed in 1953 and  1967 outlawed the carrying of any weapon by private  citizens and mandated the registration of all  shotguns.

Momentum for total handgun  confiscation began in earnest after the Hungerford mass  shooting in 1987. Michael  Ryan, a mentally disturbed man with a Kalashnikov rifle,  walked down the streets shooting everyone he  saw.  When the  smoke cleared, 17 people were  dead.
The British  public, already de-sensitized by eighty years of “gun  control”, demanded even tougher restrictions. (The  seizure of all privately owned handguns was the  objective even though Ryan used a  rifle.)

Nine years  later, at Dunblane , Scotland, Thomas Hamilton used a  semi-automatic weapon to murder 16 children and a  teacher at a public school.

For many  years, the media had portrayed all gun owners as  mentally unstable, or worse, criminals. Now the  press had a real kook with which to beat up law-abiding  gun owners.
Day after day, week after week, the  media gave up all pretense of objectivity and demanded a  total ban on all handguns. The Dunblane Inquiry, a  few months later, sealed the fate of the few sidearms still owned by private  citizens.

During the  years in which the British government incrementally took  away most gun rights, the notion that a citizen had the  right to armed self-defense came to be seen as  vigilantism.
Authorities refused to grant gun  licenses to people who were threatened, claiming that  self-defense was no longer considered a reason to own a  gun. Citizens who shot burglars or robbers or  rapists were charged while the real criminals were  released.  Indeed,  after the Martin shooting, a police spokesman was quoted  as saying, “We cannot have people take the law into  their own hands.”

All of  Martin’s neighbors had been robbed numerous times,and several elderly people were severely injured in  beatings by young thugs who had no fear of the consequences.
Martin himself, a collector of  antiques, had seen most of his collection trashed or stolen by  burglars. When the  Dunblane Inquiry ended, citizens who owned handguns were given three months to turn them over to local  authorities.  Being good  British subjects, most people obeyed the law. The few who didn’t were visited by police and  threatened with ten-year prison sentences if they didn’t  comply.

Police  later bragged that they’d taken nearly 200,000 handguns from private citizens.  How did the authorities know who  had handguns?The guns had been registered and  licensed. Kind of like cars. Sound  familiar?


“…It does not require a  majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless  minority keen to set brush fires in people’s  minds..” -Samuel  Adams


11 responses to “As In My Wildest State of Mind, I Have Never Seen Such Immoral Behavior!

  1. The right to bear arms is a big controversial issue that many people are aware of in this country. Although it may be used to murder, as this is often the case, I feel there is much more for a gun to be used for. Guns may be used for fun in outdoor activities, games, and sport. Guns are also used to balance the possession of firearms. If guns are controlled there may be an unbalance of illegal possesion between criminals and citizens.

  2. This is what I see happening with America trying to put a gun control law for its citizens. No criminal is going to hand over their firearms, and law abiding citizens will have to face the punishment of what is to come if their homes are broken into, or they have to defend themselves. Personally I see using a machete or axe as being a more humane way of self defense when it comes to home robberies. Yeah you may remove a limb possibly, but hey it wasn’t a firearm, you’re solid.

  3. This is crazy. How do you not have the right to defend yourself. What if they were taking something and he came down stairs and that man beat him with that bar until he dies. I do not understand what would make people think that sitting down and taking crap like that should be how the world works.

  4. This is in no way making sense with the second amendment! Obviously if someone comes into your house with weapons attack you, you should use self defense and make a move first. Some people don’t have the time to call the police because by then they could already be dead, by someone who was trespassing into their own property!

  5. I really do think this is so crazy. How could a man get throwned into jail for defending himself from burglars. We really do have the right to own a gun to proctect ourselves. If he wouldn’t od had killed the burglars , he would of had killed him. That’s why it is really important to own a gun to defend yourself.

  6. We have a right to carry guns and to protect ourselves. That said, the gun should have be registered and he should have called the police a soon as he heard them break in. He should have warned them of the gun and should not have shot unless they tried to attack. He sentence was way to extreme, the case needs to be throw out as self defense and the burglar that is still alive should be held responsible to the fullest extent of the law.

  7. I think we need the second amendment. We have the right to own a gun in order to protect ourselves. I think it is a necessity to have a gun in a home actually. If we don’t have anything to protect ourselves the criminals were take advantage and would be robbering houses left and right.

  8. Wow this is crazy. I can’t believe people get thrown into jail for defending themselves against burglars. Yes maybe they could of used some other kind of weapon but no one knows if these burglars had a gun. If these burglars would of had a gun, the home owner would of been the one dead.

  9. Wow! We have the second amendment that has been set in stone for the past hundred years and no problems, but we have this black president who is said to be a “saint,” and now there is fault in the constitution and its amendments. No! I feel I should have the right to defend myself with a gun if I am being threatened by burglary, violence, or rape. I am a disabled woman, and I know I am seen as vulnerable by predators. The fact that I have the right to carry a gun would make me feel safer if I chose to carry a gun when walking the streets of downtown Riverside alone. People are scared of guns which is understandable. It is not the gun, be aware of your surroundings it is the “mentally distubed” man holding the gun. The innocent man should not have his self defense rights taken because the irrisponsible one makes poor decisions! I love the end quote by Samuel Adams. Those of us who support the second amendment and the rest of the constetution need to speek up and become irate so that we may prevail!

  10. Wouldn’t this be considered self-defense against the men. This is crazy any person can come into a home, and the owner can’t even do anything. That dosen’t make me feel safe at night, it makes me want to sleep next to a bat. With a bat at least I could beat up the intruder. Keep the person alive to call the police and not go to jail.

  11. I mean the second amendment is much of a standard to life by then follow. Yes it is similar to owning a car, but the cost is much different. It is not about tranportation, but safety. The man that was defending his personal life is nithet wrong or right. He should have called the police instead of firing his gun. To think about taking someones life is simply out of the option, unless it is self- defense.

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