Its Nice to be on this side of the Atlantic

Via RRND :

Apparently in the UK criminals have the right to defend themselves regardless of what they may be doing at the time.

'We must protect victims and law-abiding citizens,' he said. 'But we have to recognise that others have some rights as well. They don't lose all rights because they're engaged in criminal conduct.'

Last week, Tony Blair ordered a review of legislation protecting householders after the Conservative party threw its weight behind calls from Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens for reform of the law. Stevens said it should allow the public to use whatever means necessary to repel intruders from their home.

Goldsmith, the Prime Minister's chief legal adviser, said he was obliged to carry out the review, but remained unconvinced of the need for new legislation.

... The Attorney-General's intervention comes at the beginning of a week when the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, is expected to go on the offensive on crime. On Wednesday he will tell his regular round table on gun crime that the government is considering a change to the law to make possession of knives as serious as the possession of firearms.

Maybe the grass is greener on this side of the Atlantic.

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Wow, that is truly

Wow, that is truly cracktastic. What a glorious red herring, the bit about "They don’t lose all rights because they’re engaged in criminal conduct." Leave it to the Old World to slap a lot of minute protocol all over one's interactions with flippin' criminals... :dizzy: