Two recent events have cast yet another light on Australia’s criminal empowering self-defence laws.
Last Thursday, a Brisbane café owner took matters into his own hands when confronted with a knife wielding armed robber. In true Moe Syzslak fashion, the gentleman decided to one up his attacker: he brandished two knives and chased the armed robber out of his business. Thankfully, the business owner has not been charged.
Channel 7 did their best with the subtle social engineering, making sure they had a screen grab with the business owner saying “I don’t worry, it’s Australia” – the subliminal message obviously being “you don’t need to defend yourselves.”
Meanwhile in Sydney, a gentleman decided to deal with a home invader by shooting him in the backside with a recurve bow directed arrow. Although it’s debatable if the home owner acted at the appropriate time (he’s being charged), the facts will come out in the wash and the mere fact that he was willing to defend his property shows that this gentleman was prepared to do the right thing and protect himself from the criminal element.
The most interesting parts were the social media comments sections – overwhelming support for self-defence and empowering members of the public to defend themselves with appropriate force. But mention this to the average Australian with the suggestion of using firearms instead and the usual emotive, socially engineered diatribes about America, Port Arthur or a combination of the above ensues.
Herein the lies the inherent hypocrisy: it’s ok to use knives or a steel broadhead to protect yourself and property with, but if that same steel is in the form of a firearm, Ragnarok will commence.
It wasn’t so much the comments from the public that were interesting, as perhaps the most interesting comment came from NSW Police Inspector Dean Johnstone:
Abhorrent. The same NSW Police that brought us Hornsby and claim they are undermanned are now overtly telling people to ‘shelter in place’ as the preferred alternative. Well no, that’s not how it works. If someone makes a conscious decision to invade someone else’s home – their rights are forfeited instantly.
Police are our servants, not our masters. And when they are not there to protect the public from aforementioned threats to the innocent, the innocent have every right to do what is necessary to protect themselves, rather than become a statistic.
The first responder to a violent crime is always the victim – not the Police. The public, and the Police need to remember that.
Otherwise, we continue the tradition of Australia: where criminals are victims and victims are criminals.
Should be legal to kill an intruder. Our government do not care what happens aslong as they make the yay yo for their own pockets. Cops are useless little children who can’t even fire a fecking handgun at an armed suspect. Yet the scum are allowed to carry a gun in public! Wtf some of you tears wouldn’t hit water if ya fell out a feckin boat. Yet the scum believe they have the right to protect themselves with a gun? Fecking hypocritical scum
I would gladly defend my family,my property,myself with a firearm.
Once a criminal decides to take it upon himself to break the law and enter a property or to assault a law abiding citizen then that criminal gives up any and all of their rights.
It is my home my castle and you have no right to enter.
We should be able to protect ourselves on our own property. Own property would include when we are out and about, walking or in our cars.
Regards Ian Daly.
I agree entirely with what has been written. I used to have firearms but sold them when I remarried and have regretted it many times.
With regards to protecting my family and property. I will protect and do it by any means. Whoever walks on or into my property without invitation and threatens will expect the worst.
I’ve always held the view that governments, buraucracy and the police don’t want the public to have firearms because they could be used on them in retaliation. If it’s not necessary for the public to protect themselves then why do police require weapons. Especially firearms.