UK: I'd kill again says Martin


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WAGCEVP
January 5, 2004, 07:32 PM
"We do not live in the wild west. This legislation that is proposed
effectively may well turn us into that." <---- same excuse different
country!



(allowing law abiding citizens to protect themselves hasn't turn the
USA into the "wild west" !)


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I'd kill again says Martin
(Filed: 01/01/2004)


The farmer jailed for shooting dead a burglar who broke into his
isolated home has declared that he would do the same thing again in
similar circumstances.

Tony Martin was commenting after listeners to BBC Radio 4's Today
programme gave their backing to the idea of legislation which would
authorise home-owners to use any means to defend their property from
intruders.


Tony Martin: radio interview
The home protection idea topped a poll of five proposals for new
legislation, with 37 per cent of those who voted giving it their
support.

Martin, whose actions in 1999 sparked a national debate about
people's right to defend their property, welcomed the outcome.

He told the programme: "I think, basically, people now know what is
going on and they are taking notice.

"This is wrong, heinously wrong, that you should actually live in
fear in your home that if somebody breaks in that, basically, you are
going to have the law jump down on you. It is just not right."

Asked whether he would do the same thing again, he said: "In the same
circumstances, yes, if I am terrorised. People are highly jeopardised
in this country. I personally think we are looking bloody stupid in
the world."

Martin's MP Henry Bellingham, the Tory who represents north west
Norfolk, told the programme: "I think the law at the moment is
totally confused.

"The current test of reasonable force is discredited ... there
appears to be a presumption of guilt against the householder, and I
think what we need is a presumption of innocence in favour of the
householder."

But leading criminal barrister John Cooper warned that the idea was
dangerously flawed.

He said: "The law as it stands at the moment, despite its critics, is
functioning. If you are in your house and you are attacked by someone
or threatened by someone, you can use proportionate force.

"We do not live in the wild west. This legislation that is proposed
effectively may well turn us into that." <---- same excuse different
country!



(allowing law abiding citizens to protect themselves hasn't turn the
USA into the "wild west" !)

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