Quote of the Day
In light of the barbarism in England, a couple of choice quotes from John Adams might be in order, reminding us of how Anglo-American law used to understand the rights of men:
"We talk of liberty and property, but, if we cut up the law of self-defence, we cut up the foundation of both."
Adams also noted that "If a robber meets me in the street, and commands me to surrender my purse, I have a right to kill him without asking questions."
If only Jack Benny had been carrying . . .
Right. Let's add guns to an already volatile situation.
On the contrary, the looting took place precisely because those doing it knew they would get away with it. And because the right of self-defence has been so eroded that the police were more likely to intervene on behalf of the rioters than on the part of those defending themselves.
I take the opposite view: fire-raisers and rioters are in the process of a deadly attack. It follows that a "reasonable man" defence ought to cover almost any action designed to prevent the attack up to, and including, lethal force.
The riots only diminished once the Turkish and other groups organised themselves for self-defence, and decided to risk the (legal) consequences. They should not have been in fear of the law. Their attackers should have been in fear of them.
Self-defence is the fundamental human right, and is under attack all over the world.