Give him a medal. Regular readers know who I mean. That's right, the guy who stabbed the burglar. Disgustingly the police arrested him and his family for murder, instead of shaking his hand, thanking him and praising his service to the community.
I will reiterate; I am speaking on the basis of the story as reported, but my comments can be taken generally. Anyone who breaks into somebody else's home deserves to die. The judiciary may think that such crimes are minor. That's because they've never had to suffer. They look down from their ivory tower and see no distinction between criminal scum and suffering citizens. We're all peasants, as far as they're concerned. That's why the people despise the judiciary and their enablers in the political establishment.
A dead burglar is no loss to society. The valiant defender who sent him to his judgement day has saved many other people from suffering. Sure, the dead man's family will mourn, but the guilt lies on his own head, he brought it on himself.
This case, assuming as above, has come along at just the right time to see if Cameron means what he says about supporting our right to self defence. But of course not everyone sees this matter as cut and dried as it is, namely Shami Chakrabarti, to whom I say:
Hand over the word. You know what word: Liberty. You do not represent Liberty, you don't even know what it means. Her response to Cameron's innocuous reiteration of common law is this:
"Of course people facing intruders can use reasonable force to defend themselves.Here she shows her true attitude to liberty. She pays lip service to our natural rights, but makes clear that ordinary people cannot be informed what their rights are, in case we start murdering people or else, because we're so stupid, start killing our families by accident. Clearly she has contempt for us and feels far more comfortable in the control grid of state power, even though her job is supposed to be standing up against state power on behalf of us citizens, so I say again: give us the word back, change your organisation's name to something more fitting, such 'Velvet Glove', cos that's all 'Liberty' is for.
‘But saying that “burglars leave their rights at the threshold” is a recipe for vigilante execution and mistaken killings of family members returning home after dark.’"
In summary; whether or not the present case is as reported, we have the right and the duty to use all necessary force to defend ourselves and our property. Criminals who aggress against other people do indeed forfeit their protection under the law. As a libertarian, I would remind the minions of government and state that the same rules apply to you.
UPDATES: It seems the dead man was out on police bail for burglary. Also, I've posted a piece on the same subject over at Orphan of Liberty.