Self-defence is not vigilantism. Get over it.
by Matt Gurney
There have been many high-profile news stories over the last several years that have featured Canadians using a firearm against a criminal assault. And while most of us will never need to do the same, it’s at least theoretically possible enough for it to be an issue of public concern. The law must contain provisions for scenarios that are plausible, even if they are not likely on a day-to-day basis.
The Conservatives have pledged to address the concerns of Canadians by revisiting and revamping Canada’s complex and convoluted laws concerning self-defence. In meetings on Wednesday concerning the proposed Citizen’s Arrest and Self-Defence Act, Attorney-General Rob Nicholson was asked by a Tory MP if firing a warning shot during a confrontation was a legitimate act of self-defence, or, as the Crown sometimes contends, unlawful discharge of a firearm. “I think it is [legitimate self-defence],” the Attorney-General replied.
Cue much outrage from Liberal interim leader Bob Rae. Firing a warning shot isn’t self defence, says he. It’s encouraging Canadians to be vigilantes! Continue reading »