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If you defend your home from armed intruders in the UK, you get arrested

Story here in the UK Telegraph.

Excerpt:

Officers were called to Vincent Cooke’s house in the affluent Stockport suburb of Bramhall, just before 8pm on Saturday following reports of a break-in.

Mr Cooke, 39, a married father of one who has run a number of small courier and logistics companies, was relaxing alone in the detached interwar property when the two intruders struck, Greater Manchester Police said.

His wife Karen, 34, and 12-year-old son returned home during the incident but escaped unharmed. Police said that during the break-in Mr Cooke was threatened and one of the intruders, Raymond Jacob, 37, of was stabbed.

Mr Cooke, who is one of five children, was being questioned on suspicion of murder on Sunday night.

I thought the response of the police was interesting – self-defense is murder:

“Clearly this is a serious incident in which a man has lost his life and at this time we believe the dead man was one of two men who were attempting to carry out a burglary at the house.”

The other suspected intruder fled in a small white Citroen van. Police last night confirmed a second man had been arrested in connection with the incident.

On Sunday afternoon relatives of Mr Jacob, of Northern Moor, Greater Manchester, laid flowers outside Mr Cooke’s home.

One read: “To my baby boy who will always be my baby boy. I will miss you, but never stop loving you. Mum.”

Last night friends and relatives also left tributes for Mr Jacob social networking websites.

“Still doesnt feel real, cant believe your gone we will all miss you,” said Danielle Leach on Facebook.

Just to be clear about the facts, here’s the UK Sun.

Excerpt:

Two knife-wielding intruders burst into the home of company director Vincent Cooke, 39.

Burglar Raymond Jacob, 37, is believed to have been stabbed with his own knife.

Mr Cooke was later arrested in Bramhall, Cheshire. His wife and son fled the house unhurt.

Isn’t the mother’s reaction interesting? It’s not unexpected coming from the feminized UK, though, where no one is responsible for anything they do. In fact, the one who judges and refuses to bail others out is the bad one. How mean! Defending your home from armed intruders! Just let them kill you! After all, the government already takes your money, so why not not ban self-defense so they take your life as well?

This is not unusual in the new Harriet Harman-onized UK. It happens all the time.

Consider this story from the UK Telegraph.

Excerpt:

Miss Klass, a model for Marks & Spencer and a former singer with the pop group Hear’Say, was in her kitchen in the early hours of Friday when she saw two teenagers behaving suspiciously in her garden.

The youths approached the kitchen window, before attempting to break into her garden shed, prompting Miss Klass to wave a kitchen knife to scare them away.

Miss Klass, 31, who was alone in her house in Potters Bar, Herts, with her two-year-old daughter, Ava, called the police. When they arrived at her house they informed her that she should not have used a knife to scare off the youths because carrying an “offensive weapon” – even in her own home – was illegal.

Jonathan Shalit, Miss Klass’s agent, said that had been “shaken and utterly terrified” by the incident and was stepping up security at the house she shares with her fiancé, Graham Quinn, who was away on business at the time.

He said: “Myleene was aghast when she was told that the law did not allow her to defend herself in her own home. All she did was scream loudly and wave the knife to try and frighten them off.

You can read more about how the 1997 ban on handguns in the UK doubled violent crime in the four years after the ban at Reason magazine. Similarly, in the United states, legalizing the concealed carrying of firearms resulted in dramatic declines in violent crime. But that is just common sense. The more people who own guns and can defend themselves, the less crime there will be. But I think that the feminized state is just hostile to men acting in their traditional role as protectors, and they don’t like the idea that anyone is judged for doing evil things – like criminals.

The left, feminism and “equality”

And I can tell you what’s behind this. The secular left believes in equality. So if one person has money, and another doesn’t, it doesn’t matter what their personal decisions were. The poorer person should be allowed to take things from the richer person, and without getting hampered by laws and “self-defense”. That’s their view. That’s why they are soft on crime and release criminals early instead of punishing them. And this doesn’t just apply to criminals – this attitude goes right into the education system (“we need to make sure that families have no choice except the public schools, that way all the children will be equal”) the day care system (“we need to nationalize day care so that all the children are raised equally instead of by their own mothers”) the health care system (“we need to nationalize health care so that chaste men who are saving for their future marriage and children can pay for the abortions, sex changes, breast implants, contraceptives and IVF”), and so on.

I think Christians need to be especially careful with this compassionate impulse for “equality”, and consider whether equality might not make achieving Christian goals like liberty, marriage, and family more difficult. I don’t think it’s good for families to vote for higher taxes and bigger social programs that make men unnecessary as providers, protectors and leaders. All the responsibilities of the man to provide, protect and lead morally and spiritually are being handed off to the government, via police, schools, etc. That’s wrong.

Replacing men with government is bad for children – you don’t want to make it easier for women to not prepare to be mothers and wives, to not be careful about choosing the right men for marriage and parenting, and to not perform as wives and mothers once they are married in order to support men in their male roles. And that’s not my opinion – single motherhood by choice is known to increase child poverty and child abuse. And I don’t think that replacing men with government helps God any, either, since fathers are important for passing religion on to kids. You don’t serve God by undercutting his goals just because it feels good to you. You serve God by delivering results. His goal is not for you to feel good, but to do good. I recommend that anyone who votes based on feelings read more economics to find out what really works, and what strengthens marriage and family.

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4 Responses

  1. Stan says:

    “If you defend your home from armed intruders in the UK …”

    I read through the story, perhaps too quickly, but I didn’t see anything about the intruders being armed. Was that in there and I missed it, or do you have other sources? (Even in America we have laws about “reasonable force”. For instance, you don’t have the right to kill someone in self-defense if there is no reason to believe your life is in danger, even if they are stealing from you.)

    I don’t know. I’m just asking. (If the intruders were unarmed, it would make the ridiculous story a bit more understandable.)

  2. Mariangela says:

    You said it, “The more people who own guns and can defend themselves, the less crime there will be.” The attitude toward hand guns is the real issue and the why is exactly what you said: leftism, feminism and equality, otherwise known as Cultural Marxism. It’s quite simple to understand how legalizing the concealed carrying of firearms resulted in dramatic declines in violent crime. Basically break-ins go down because the assailant is not guaranteed the upperhand. When I lived in Alabama I had a gun in my house, my neighbour (my dad) has a gun in his house, the concept being that burglars understand that the odds are no longer as highly in their favour. Carjackings go down as well. In Alabama the only person I knew personally who had been carjacked was an Hispanic male, and he was carjacked by another Hispanic at gun point. Why, well because Hispanics are the people in the state of Alabama less likely to have fire-arms (unless they are involved in criminal activity) and illegal immigrants are also less likely to report the crime (this is why conservatives can talk about the fact that illegal immigration is not in the best interest of Hispanics and still get the Hispanic vote). It’s amazing how conservative thinking protects everyone!

  3. Kunoichi says:

    Years ago I got to know an old martial arts buddy of my husband’s. In the years between when they’d last seen each other, this friend had been the victim of a horrific mugging. Even after getting hit on the head from behind with a baseball bat, his martial arts training kicked in and he defended himself, breaking the arm of one of his 3 attackers, who then ran off. He passed out and ended up in a coma for 3 months and has permanent brain damage and memory loss.

    The police were able to find the guys who attacked him rather easily, but they advised him to not press charges. The reason? He broke the one guy’s arm, which left HIM open to being charged with assault. Because he has a black belt in three different styles of martial arts, he is considered a deadly weapon.

    One of the main things my husband and I taught our girls (and our women’s self defence students) was this: if you are attacked, do maximum damage with minimum effort, then GET THE #$^%# AWAY! The idea was to ensure that the attacker couldn’t follow, and get out of the dangerous situation. That is not always an option, of course, at which point we taught them to do whatever they had to do protect themselves, then deal with any fall out later. One of the biggest problems we had with our female students is that they were so afraid of hurting us or each other in training, they had difficulties learning the moves that could save their lives. Frustrating!

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