Once again self defence law is in the news, after a father came out into his garden to find 5 'yobs' kicking and stamping on his son's head after hearing a commotion, they threatened to kill him and burn down his house. He tried to stop them and his wife called the police. He stabbed one of them.
He was arrested for attempted murder. The yob is recovering well.
It's not really this case in particular I want to talk about; but the general state of self defence laws in the country. Which seems to be giving more and more protection to the perpetrators of violent acts at the expense of the victims.
If you and your friends come onto my property, attack me or a member of my family, then threaten to kill me(A threat at this point I'm going to take seriously). I am going to hurt you, and keep hurting you until you are incapable or unwilling to carry out your threats or other violent acts toward me and mine.
Not because I think it's cool, or because I'm trying to prove I'm well 'ard, simply because I want to protect my own.
No, I would not be fighting by Duke of Queensbury rules and would not hesitate to use any weapon close to hand.
Am I a some kind of Neanderthal, thug or violent socio-path for this stance?
If you attack me or my family, unprovoked on my property should you be guaranteed the same legal protections as me?
If at the end of it, you come off worse than me, do I suddenly cease to be the victim?
Is it 'reasonable' to use a weapon to defend yourself, so long as you cease as soon as that person is no longer trying to hurt you?
Do you think the self-defence laws of this country are fair and functioning?
Please do not take anything in this post as bravado, I have seen first hand the effects of violence and detest it, because of this, this is a subject I care quite deeply about and am genuinely interested to hear other's opinions and wonder how much my own experiences have tainted mine.